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Casper [1995] (1 disc)

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Director:Brad Silberling
Writer:Deanna Oliver
Sherri Stoner
Composer:James Horner
Length:100 minutes
(1 hour 40 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:5.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:41%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Fantasy
  • Kids
  • CG
  • Comedy
  • Family
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Synopsis: Dr. James Harvey moves to a new town with his young daughter, only to find that the house he's living in is still occupied by late tenants.


Reaction: An okay story but kids should enjoy this one.


Personal Rating: 6/10

Select Cast and Crew
Brad Silberling => Director
Deanna Oliver => Writer
Sherri Stoner => Writer
James Horner => Composer
Amy Brenneman => Amelia Harvey
Ben Stein => Mr. Rugg
Bill Pullman => Dr. James Harvey
Brad Garrett => Fatso (voice)
Cathy Moriarty => Carrigan Crittenden
Chauncey Leopardi => Nicky
Christina Ricci => Kathleen 'Kat' Harvey
Clint Eastwood => Himself (uncredited)
Dan Aykroyd => Dr. Raymond Stantz (uncredited)
Devon Sawa => Casper on Screen
Don Novello => Father Guido Sarducci
Eric Idle => Paul 'Dibbs' Plutzker
Fred Rogers => Mr. Rogers (as Mr. Rogers)
Joe Alaskey => Stinkie (voice)
Joe Nipote => Stretch (voice)
John Kassir => The Crypt Keeper (voice)
Malachi Pearson => Casper (McFadden) (voice)
Mel Gibson => Himself (uncredited)
Rodney Dangerfield => Himself (uncredited)
Spencer Vrooman => Andreas
Terry Murphy => Herself ('Hard Copy')

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • A scene was filmed with Zelda Rubinstein reprising her role from Poltergeist (shooting out of a chimney and shouting "Go toward the light!") but was not included in the final cut.
  • This was the first film with a computer-animated title character.
  • The last name of the Christina Ricci's and Bill Pullman's characters is "Harvey". Harvey Comics is the long time publisher of [Casper the Friendly Ghost].
  • In the breakfast scene, Casper's uncles enter the kitchen twirling like helicopters while Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries plays in the background, and Stretch later says "I love the smell of fleshies in the morning!" All this is a direct reference to Apocalypse Now.
  • A musical scene, deemed too expensive by the film's producers, was scripted and filmed, entitled {Lucky Enough to Be A Ghost} in which the three ghosts sing about their many mental problems during a session with Dr. Harvey, but the animation would have cost a few million dollars.
  • When Carrigan and Dibbs are trying to get the ghosts out of the mansion, they first try a priest to exorcise them, played by Don Novello as Father Guido Sarducci. When that doesn't work the scene changes to several pieces of furniture being thrown out of the door, and Dan Aykroyd is seen running out. He stops by Carrigan and Dibbs and says, "Who you gonna call? Somebody else." He then leaves quickly. He is dressed as his character, Dr. Raymond Stantz from Ghost Busters and Ghostbusters II. Both Aykroyd and the Fr. Sarducci character are [Saturday Night Live] alumni.
  • This is the second movie in which Christina Ricci is the love interest of Devon Sawa (Casper in his human form). The other one is Now and Then.