Casper Friendly Ghost Coll
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All 81 Original Casper Cartoons Made Between 1945 & 1963 In One Collection!
Casper is the most famous ghost on earth, but unlike his spooky brethren, he doesn’t like to haunt or scare: he spends his time looking to make friends. In the original Paramount cartoons, Casper would often frighten some unsuspecting grown-up while befriending Little Billy or a small animal, but he’d then rescue one of them from a perilous predicament to become a local hero. In the Harvey comics, Casper would explore an enchanted forest, while the antagonizing Ghostly Trio would tease and heckle. Friends like cousin Spooky, Wendy the Good Witch and Nightmare the Ghostly Horse round out Casper’s supporting cast.
In 1945 Casper made his first appearance when Paramount released The Friendly Ghost. Casper reappeared when Paramount released There’s Good Boos To-Night in 1948 and A Haunting We Will Go in 1949. In 1950, as Casper gained tremendous popularity, Paramount expanded the cartoons into an entire television series. Casper quickly became one of the most celebrated cartoon characters in popular culture.
In December of 1952 Harvey became the sole publisher of Casper comic books. Four years later, Harvey acquired the Casper character and went on to publish the Casper line of comic books for more than 40 years. Casper has since starred in the Steven Spielberg–produced Casper feature film, two additional made-for-video films and a top-rated animated television series. See where it all began with this collector’s edition set! This set includes all of the theatrical shorts and the 1963 television series: over 7 hours of spooktacular entertainment!
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Disk #1: The Friendly Ghost, There's good boos to-night, A haunting we will go, Spree under the sea, Once upon a rhyme, Boo Hoo Baby, To Boo or not to Boo, Boo Scout, Casper comes to clown, Casper takes a Bow-Wow, Deep Boo sea, Ghost of the Town, Spunky Skunky, Cage Fright, Pig-A-Boo, True boo, Frightday the 13th, Spook no evil, North Pal, By the old Mill Scream, Little Boo peep, Do or Diet, Boos and Saddles, Boo Moon, Zero the hero, Casper Genie, Puss N' Boos
Disk #2: Boos andArrows, Boo Ribbon Winnder, Hide and Shriek, Keep Your Grin up, Spooking with a brogue, Bull fright, Red, White and boo, Boo kind to animals, Ground hog play, Dutch treat, Penguin for your throughts, Line of screamage, Fright from Wrong, Spooking about Africa, Hooky Spooky, Peekaboo, Ghost of Honor, Ice Scream, Boo Bop, Heir Restorer, Spook and Span, Ghost Writers, Which is Witch?, Good scream fun, Doing what's fright, Down to mirth, Not ghoulty, Casper's Birthday Party
Disk #3: A visit from Mars, The ABsent-minded robot, Growing up, Small Spooks, The flying Horse (aka: The enchanted Horse), Little lost ghost, Double trouble (aka: Twin trouble), Cold Wave (aka: The invaders), The Wanderer (aka: Wandering ghost), Red Robbing Hood, The bored billionaire, Heart of Gold (aka: the golden touch), Wendy's wish, the Timid Knight, City Snicker, The Professor's Problem, The Greedy Giants, The Enchanted Prince, The magic touch, The witching hour, Bedtime troubles, Weather or not, Kings of Toyland, Mother Goose land, Lonesome giant, Super spook
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On the plus side, the set looks good. There are two slimline case clamshells; one featuring the two theatrical discs and the third disc in its own case features all of the "New Casper Cartoon Show" episodes.
The 20-page full-color booklet looks fantastic and of course, it was written by yours truly, so it is crammed with tons of information including where every episode appears in comic books, when applicable.
The first three Casper cartoons that are now in the public domain are actually featured as bonus features of disc one. There are 10 commentaries strewn throughout. All feature me with three of them with Edmee Reit (widow of Sy), three of them with Bradley Bolke and three of them with Alison Arngrim (daughter of Norma MacMillan).
I first saw the 15+ minute documentary in Oregon and was upset that I looked so "zombie-like", but after re-watching it a second time, it's not too bad, but I still come across as a bit dull in comparison with the animated Alison, who makes the documentary fun!
The commentaries are generally pretty good, considering that I had never done anything like this before, and recorded everything in a marathon 10-hour session in my home.
They DID get the "New Casper Cartoon Show" opening and closing in color which I begged them to do, and got MOST of the individual episode openings where Casper and friends zip in to watch a cartoon in a TV cloud.
Now, for the negatives. Even though I begged them to go back to Paramount to get the original cartoons for the original elements and credits, it just wasn't or couldn't be done. As a result, the Harveytoons opening is used and even "The Harveytoon Show" opening is used in a couple of cases. And on the public domain cartoons, the Paramount logos are used, but in one case the UM&M openings are used.
HOWEVER, if you use that above criteria to NOT buy the set, you will be missing out, because this is the most comprehensive set of Casper cartoons that has ever been issued and probably ever will be issued. It has the ONLY appearance of "The Bored Billionaire" EVER on home video AND is the only set that has all of the Casper cartoons in one place; a feat that will probably not be repeated any time soon.
As a result, you can literally toss out any previous Casper DVD collections, as this definitely takes the place of those sets. The Casper DVD from Shout Factory is due to be released on October 11.
The artwork is absolutely beautiful in the early to mid 50s cartoons and though Casper could be cheesy at times, the cartoons still retain their warmth and happiness. It was fun to see the New Casper Cartoon openings which I remembered from my childhood. I'm really glad the booklet was included chock full of great Casper trivia and history.
I showed my five-year old nephew some of the cartoons and it seems that Casper has found a new fan!
Definitely recommend this to anyone of any age!