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Casper a Spirited Beginning

Steve Guttenberg , Lori Loughlin , Sean McNamara    G (General Audience)   VHS Tape
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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After falling off a packed train populated with "newborn" ghostly inhabitants on their way to Ghost Central Station, a veritable Ellis Island for new spirits, Casper finds himself lost in Deeds Town. Casper soon befriends a kindred spirit -- Chris Carson, a lonely, but imaginative ten-year-old human boy who's not afraid of ghosts. Chris's only friends are Fatso, Stinkie and Stretch, three fiendishly wicked ghosts who haunt the condemned Applegate Mansion. His workaholic developer father and the town mayor want to demolish the Mansion and turn it into a mini-mall, while Chris' crusading teacher wants to preserve it. Snivel, Kibosh and The Ghostly Trio work to teach Casper to be a wicked ghost like themselves, while haunting their best to scare the demolition crews at the Applegate Museum.


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Format:VHS Tape
As far as I know there have been 3 Direct to Video Casper movies since the Christina Ricci feature film. Of course, none of them measure up to that big budget one. They started with this film, Casper: A Spirited Beginning, which seems to disregard the Ricci movie altogether. After that came Casper Meets Wendy, followed by the most recent Casper's Haunted Christmas. So far my fave of these three Direct to Video films has been Casper Meets Wendy, but then, I haven't seen the Christmas one yet. I prefer Casper Meets Wendy to Casper: A Spirited Beginning, probably because it's more of a comedy and the story is more supernatural and interesting, adding witches and warlocks to the mix. Casper: A Spirited Beginning just continues with the ghost stuff, which we already saw much better in the Ricci movie. If you are curious about the plot, the Editorial Review here lays it out pretty clearly. No point in adding to that. Chris is a little boy who has moved to a new town. He's a supernatural/scifi nut with no friends. Casper is a freshly dead ghost with no friends, so they take comfort in each other. Steve Guttenburg, always a fave of mine, plays Chris' Dad. He's a workaholic, and so Chris is extra frustrated about that. It's a simple plot about Chris and Casper making friends, overcoming bullies, and bonding with Dad, and then there's Kibosh, a boss ghost who is after Casper for skipping Ghost training or something. Romantic sparks also fly between Guttenberg and Chris' new teacher. Everything is pretty basic and predictable, the usual family straight to video stuff. The effects are not bad, but nothing compared to the Ricci movie. A bit more cartoony I guess. Basically, this is an interesting film that isn't that boring, albeit predictable. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as the first CASPER. April 4 2001
By Rebecca
Format:VHS Tape
Although I enjoyed the first CASPER movie the best, A SPIRITED BEGINNING is just as good. It's pretty different from the first movie, too. There are hardly any similarities except for maybe the ghosts. In this one, Casper is back and this time he comes across an 11-year-old boy who is very interested in ghosts and the Supernatural. So interested, that some people may think he's obsessed with the stuff. His father, unfortunately, doesn't seem to have enough time to spend with him because he's always rushing around...working. The boy is the only one in town who isn't afraid of Casper and they end up becoming friends. Casper and his three uncles still live in the mansion...but the boy's father is making plans with the governer of the town to tear old mansion down to turn the land into a shopping mall! The rest of the town - started by the boy's school teacher - started a fight in order to save the house for historical reseasons. This is a fun movie and the kid in the movie is kinda cute, too. If you liked the first CASPER, than A SPIRITED BEGINNING is for you. I wouldn't recommend any of the other CASPER movies - those all stunk - but these are the only two really good, worth-while movies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Casper is back, and it's a new beginning Dec 26 2000
By jao
Format:VHS Tape
"Casper - A Spirited Beginning" isn't anything like the first Casper movie and it isn't as good, but it's still a good movie in its own way. In this movie, Casper befriends a 10-year-old boy who believes in ghosts. The boy is the only person that's not scared of Casper, so they become best friends. The bad thing is that the boy's father is real busy and never seems to pay attention to his son, and the worst of all, the father has a plan to tear down an old haunted mansion so the town can have a new shopping center. However, nobody seems to like the idea of getting rid of the old mansion.
"Casper - A Spirited Beginning" is a good movie in most ways. Casper and the same 3 ghosts that were in the first Casper movie are back in this one along with a bunch of new ghosts including one that looks like a huge version of Slimer from The Ghostbusters. "Casper - A Spirited Beginning" has an interesting plot, parts of it are funny, and it has good animated effects such as an old graveyard and a train with a skull on the front of it. If you like Casper movies, I recommend getting "Casper - A Spirited Beginning." It's a new beginning to a new kind of Casper movies, and it's good.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Stupid Begining Jan. 15 2002
Format:VHS Tape
To start out with, this is another one of those typical, cheap, grownups-are-stupid; kids-are-smart movies. This is nothing like the first movie. If this is how it all began then it does not tie in with the feature film Casper the Friendly Ghost.
How can a ten-year-old boy, who is in the 4th grade, be smarter than his 40-year-old-dad, who is a successful architect? What happened to Casper's father, who lived in a completely other part of the country, and the big scary mansion? It doesn't make any sense. This is a disgrace to the friendly phantom.
The acting in this movie is at an all time low. They got low paid actors for a low paid movie. All of the horrible acting, sets, story, and CG make this movie the definition of a terrible movie. Should you watch this junk you will discover the dreadfulness of this piece of trash.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A bad prequal July 19 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The first Casper was a fun movie which I liked alot. After its success someone had the idea lets make a cheesy prequal with inferior effects that doesn't tie in with the first movie at all. In the first movie it says that ghosts scar because of emotion trama in this ghost scar because they are taken to some school to learn how to. Not a good vision of the afterlife is it. It also like I said before has terrible effects. They should have made a sequal with orginal cast and original effects quality. But this is awful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great movie
was great to watch and had been looking for it for a while, i highly recommend it to a family with young kids
Published 12 months ago by leona lapointe
3.0 out of 5 stars Just as Cute as The Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci Movie!
Sorry but liked this movie and wasn't really bothered by the fact that it was a direct to video release but than again I saw this on the Family channel, it came on after another... Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2003 by Calinira
2.0 out of 5 stars here he is again....
here comes casper again. with his mean uncles.
casper the friendly ghost. not as good as the first one. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2001 by "witchiris"
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice family film.
This is a nice movie, but the beginning is a little strange because Casper does not even know he is a ghost and its the second Casper film! Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie of 90's & 2001
This film is so good I've seen this on fox family channel a couple times and video it is great for the whole family to enjoy not just us kids the grownups to buy it now or you'll... Read more
Published on June 7 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
I thought this movie was very funny.I liked Casper meets Wendy alot too, but this just as good. I'd recomend it for the whole family.
Published on Oct. 22 2000
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh, yes, it's great... IN YOUR DREAMS!
The first is best. Anyone who thinks this is better than the first should get help.. FAST!
Published on Aug. 27 2000 by Joseph Label
3.0 out of 5 stars For kids 10 and under
Casper (the first movie)was better:more fun to watch.This one is more for younger kids i'd say 10 and under.It's cute..hi hi!
Published on June 21 1999
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