Based on the popular cartoon character, this family-oriented "ghost story" is about a not-so-scary spirit who bonds with a little girl (Christina Ricci). The eternally irritable Ms. Carrigan (Cathy Moriarty) discovers that the only thing she's been left in her recently departed father's will is a rickety old house in New England. Naturally, the woman is furious about this, until her "close personal friend" and assistant, Dibbs (Eric Idle of Monty Python fame), discovers a secret message that a treasure may be concealed somewhere in the house. The two take off for Maine, only to learn that the house is haunted by Casper "the friendly ghost" and his three ghostly uncles Stinky, Stretch, and Fatso. After futilely recruiting an exorcist (Don Novello, more or less reviving his Father Guido Sarducci character from Saturday Night Live) and a "professional ghost exterminator" (Dan Aykroyd), she brings in a "ghost psychiatrist" (Bill Pullman) and his daughter Kat (Ricci). Innocently attracted to the young girl, Casper befriends Kat as they try to save the ghosts' home from the evil Carrigan. Eye-popping special effects highlight this magical story that touches (albeit lightly) on the theme of what lies at the heart of human desires. Clint Eastwood, Rodney Dangerfield, Mel Gibson and The Crypt Keeper (of Tales from the Crypt) all make cameos as apparitions in the mirror Bill Pullman looks into in the house.~Don Kaye
"Revealing Casper": Includes Behind-the-Scenes Interviews, CGI Secrets
Feature Commentary with Director Brad Silberling
Bonus Episode of the Animated Series
Christina RicciKat Harvey
Bill PullmanDr. Harvey
Cathy MoriartyCarrigan Crittenden
Don NovelloFather Guido Sarducci
Rodney DangerfieldHimself (uncredited)
Ernestine MercerWoman Being Interviewed
John KassirCrypt Keeper
Garette Ratliff HensonVic
Wesley ThompsonMr Curtis
Amy BrennemanAmelia Harvey
Devon SawaCasper in Person
Dan AykroydDoctor Raymond Stantz (uncredited)
Clint EastwoodHimself (uncredited)
Mel GibsonHimself (uncredited)
Gerald R. MolenProducer
Jeffrey A. MontgomeryProducer
Erich Wolfgang KorngoldFeatured Music
James HornerComposer (Music Score)
Leslie DilleyProduction Designer
Daniel MalteseArt Director
Ed VerreauxArt Director
Paul DeasonAssociate Producer
Jeffrey A. MontgomeryExecutive Producer
Jerry MolenExecutive Producer
Steven SpielbergExecutive Producer
Rosanna NortonCostume Designer
Michael LantieriSpecial Effects
Raymond StellaCamera Operator
Childrens and Family,Fantasy
Children's Fantasy,Family-Oriented Comedy,Fantasy Comedy,Haunted House Film
Casper (voiced by Malachi Pearson) is a kind young ghost who peacefully haunts a mansion in Maine. When specialist James Harvey (Bill Pullman) arrives to communicate with Casper and his fellow spirits, he brings along his teenage daughter, Kat (Christina Ricci). Casper quickly falls in love with Kat, but their budding relationship is complicated not only by his transparent state, but also by his troublemaking apparition uncles and their mischievous antics.
I pre-ordered this awhile back. It didn't say if it came with a digital copy, and I figured seeing the price was so low, it probably didn't. -Either way, I wanted it to have a nice collector version of a childhood favourite. Well, it arrived in the mail today -and not only does it include a digital copy, it includes two extra movies and a few of the original cartoon episodes. Haven't opened it yet, but already super pleased! Thank you, Best Buy!~
Casper was supposed to be the next big thing when it came out, and while it made a bit of a ripple, it became fairly obvious fairly quickly that it was NOT going to be the next big thing.
Most of the issues stem from the plot, of a ghost psychiatrist who helps those with unfinished business cross over (but in reality is desperately searching for his departed wife--not giving any consideration to the idea that IF she was to haunt from beyond the grave she'd do it at home) getting roped into exorcising a trio of troublesome spooks from a house that reportedly hides buried treasure within it's walls.
The treasure refers to the life restoration machine that an inventor hoped to use on his son, Casper, another dead inhabitant of the house. (At least we get his backstory though. The Uncle's deaths are never explained.)
Cathy Moriarty and Eric Idol are funny as a pair of bickering... well I'm not sure what their relationship is exactly, whose back and forth is funny, but mean-spirited and age-inappropriate for the target audience. In fact, a LOT of the humor is aimed higher than the target audience, evidenced by the superb cameos.
And don't get me started on the weird, slightly creepy crush Casper develops for Christina Ricci. He's like what, EIGHT?
It's one part Ghostbusters, one part the Haunting, one part the Addams Family, one part Hocus Pocus, with a dash of Back to the Future and Always thrown in for good measure.
In the end, all that adds up to just a little bit too much going, which is a shame, because it strives to be a relatively cute, relatively funny, relatively inoffensive family movie.
I was looking for a few "kid-friendly" horror movies to introduce the Granddaughter to and hit upon Casper. only $5, had both the Blu-Ray AND Digital copies. Done Deal.
Usually Anniversary Editions just throw a few extras at you and call it a day. This one is different.
It actually includes TWO whole extra Casper films!
Casper: A Spirited Beginning (480p, approximately 4x3, Dolby Digital 2.0, 1:33:48): The feature-length 1997 film stars Steve Guttenberg, Lori Loughlin, and Rodney Dangerfield. The picture and sound qualities are obviously not particularly good, but it's watchable. Nine chapter stops are included.
Casper's Scare School (480p, Dolby Digital 2.0, 1.78:1, 1:18:10): The 1996 animated TV film featuring the voice talents of Devon Werkheiser, Bob Saget, and Jim Belushi. Nine chapter stops are included.
Beautiful steelbook for the movie version of the ghostly cartoon.
Great artwork throughout the steelbook.
I would have liked this release to get the 4K treatment, however.
I think a black 4K disc and the Blu-ray with some Casper artwork on the actual disc would have been superb.
Still, a fun movie to sit and watch with the kiddos at Halloween or anytime they feel spooky enough to see the friendly ghost.