Furious that her late father only willed her his gloomy-looking mansion rather than his millions, Carrigan Crittenden is ready to burn the place to the ground when she discovers a map to a treasure hidden in the house. But when she enters the rickety mansion to seek her claim, she is frightened away by a wicked wave of ghosts. Determined to get her hands on this hidden fortune, she hires afterlife therapist Dr. James Harvey to exorcise the ghosts from the mansion. Harvey and his daughter Kat move in, and soon Kat meets Casper, the ghost of a young boy who's "the friendliest ghost you know." But not so friendly are Casper's uncles--Stretch, Fatso and Stinkie--who are determined to drive all "fleshies" away.
|Release Date||:||May 26, 1995|
|Genres||:||Fantasy, Comedy, Family|
|Production Company||:||Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, The Harvey Entertainment Company|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Brad Silberling, Annette Haywood-Carter, Ana Maria Quintana|
|Writers||:||Sherri Stoner, Deanna Oliver|
|Casts||:||Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, Joe Nipote, Joe Alaskey, Brad Garrett, Garette Ratliff Henson, Jessica Wesson, Amy Brenneman, Malachi Pearson, Chauncey Leopardi, Spencer Vrooman, Ben Stein, Don Novello, Fred Rogers, Terry Murphy, Ernestine Mercer, Doug Bruckner, John Kassir, Wesley Thompson, Michael Dubrow, J.J. Anderson, Jess Harnell, Michael McCarty, Micah Winkelspecht, Mike Simmrin, Devon Sawa, Dan Aykroyd, Rodney Dangerfield, Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, Elise Main, Tony Stef'Ano|
|Plot Keywords||:||halloween, friendship, supernatural, afterlife, friends, danger, ghost, disorder, young heroes, imaginary, supernatural ability, mischievous children|
I remember seeing this movie as a kid, and I loved it even then. I was a fan to the Casper cartoons, and to me, this was a great movie. As a kid, it was just entertaining. Looking at it again as I am older, I now love this movie more than just because it's about my favorite friendly ghost. This movie does a good job clenching the issue of death and either letting it go and hang onto it as a ghost with unfinished business. The atmosphere, although often times comical (which is how it is with the cartoons too XD), has a really deep and emotional air to it, as we look at Dr. Harvey and Kat's loss at the wife/mother's death, as well as Casper's mourning for his life and loneliness as a ghost. The music itself is very beautiful, and the set gives a perfect background for both spooky and sentimental moments. If you're one who is looking for a good emotional ghost story, this is a great example, even though it was based on a cartoon. If you're looking for something comical, well, the three ghosts Stretch, Fatso, and Stinky are there to provide laughs, as they really do seem to be having a ball being floating ethereal beings capable of shifting themselves into horrific (and hilarious) shapes.
I don't remember much from the Casper cartoons, but it's not like you can totally base an entire movie on just those. The plots for the cartoons vary, and this movie could be counted as some sort of canon, I suppose. Either way, it does a good job capturing the lonely, friendly ghost that is Casper on the big screen (and TV set).
Go ahead and rent the movie; I'm looking forward to searching for a DVD for it so I can watch it again and again. I love it. I totally recommend this for everyone, kids and grownups alike.