The Little Ghost lives in the castle over looking a small town and awakens for precisely one hour after the clock strikes midnight. Follow him on this adventure to see his first sunrise ever!


Alain Gsponer


Otfried Preußler (book), Martin Ritzenhoff (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonas Holdenrieder Jonas Holdenrieder ... Karl
Emily Kusche ... Marie
Nico Hartung Nico Hartung ... Hannes
Herbert Knaup ... Uhrmachermeister Zifferle
Bettina Stucky ... Lehrerin Thalmeyer
Uwe Ochsenknecht ... Der Bürgermeister / General Torsten Torstenson
Carlos Richter Carlos Richter ... Peter
Stefan Merki Stefan Merki ... Hauptbrandmeister
Aykut Kayacik Aykut Kayacik ... Burgverwalter
Aljoscha Stadelmann ... Polizei-Hauptmann
Till Valentin Winter Till Valentin Winter ... Rudolf
Judith Rosmair Judith Rosmair ... Gräfin
Sandra Borgmann ... Mutter von Karl
Stephan Kampwirth ... Vater von Karl
Jaymes Butler ... Postbote


A juvenile ghost haunts the mountain-pitched castle overlooking sleepy medieval German town Eulenburg ('owl burgh'), one hour after every midnight for centuries, without aging or interacting with people as it's closed at night. However repairs at the clock tower result in the ghost becoming visible, black and active all day. Shy schoolboy Karl gets in trouble for telling the truth as nobody believes the antique watch that disappeared from the castle during his class's visit was stolen by a ghost, so he's the prime suspect. Many town-folk get scary meetings before the case is cleared and the ghost's condition normalized through the clock that upset him. Written by KGF Vissers

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Family | Fantasy

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Rated PG for mild peril and brief language | See all certifications »

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Version of Das kleine Gespenst (1992) See more »

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Friendly Ghost Story for Kindergarteners
4 September 2015 | by 3xHCCHSee all my reviews

This charming children's film tells of a little white ghost who roams the halls of the castle from 12 midnight to 1 am every day with his ring of keys which can open any lock. However, he yearns to see the brightness of the daytime. Upon advice of his friend the Owl, Little Ghost needed to switch the time of a certain watch tied to him in order to set the waking time he wanted.

Since he did not know which watch, Ghost proceeded to switch the time of all the watches in the castle. While he was switching a valuable watch, a spirited kid named Karl sees him. Ghost takes the watch with him in panic, and Karl was blamed for the watch's loss. From there, the Ghost and Karl will go through a lot of mishaps and misadventures while trying to rectify the situation

As you can see for the poster, Little Ghost looks a lot like Casper the friendly ghost, and acts a lot like him too. The special effects used looked obviously practical, a foamy sphere for a head and a white sheet as his body. This is clearly for very young children. There is nothing really scary about this ghost. Even his dubbed voice sounds like that of an adorable child -- very cute indeed. He would be singing some songs too for some additional entertainment.

The adult actors all act in a clownish, cartoonish style as is customary for kiddie movies. Notably funny was Uwe Ochsenknecht, the actor who played both the Swedish general in the portrait and the haughty town Mayor. The actors who played the obese Chief of Police and the Clockmaker was also quite silly. Jonas Holdenrieder, who played Karl, and the actors who played his friends, did well. They were not pushy nor annoying like some Hollywood child actors were wont to do.

This is a German children's film dubbed in English. Being a European film, you cannot really expect the fast and frenetic Hollywood style of storytelling. The story was told in a slower pace which may make older kids who are more used to superheroes or monsters bored. There was only one certain point in the film when the child Karl will be in a very precarious situation, but you know things will all turn out for the best.

"The Little Ghost" will be funny and thrilling for younger kids. For adults though, the film's retro vibe and simple visual effects may seem hokey for most adults. Give it a chance though, and it may surprise and delight you, like it did for me. 6/10.

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