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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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4.0 out of 5 stars great movie Aug. 31 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
was great to watch and had been looking for it for a while, i highly recommend it to a family with young kids
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Format:DVD
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 movie I had watched and I had never even heard of this movie and didn't even know it was originally a direct to video and DVD release, all I know is that I thought this was a cute movie and I liked Steve Guttenburg, Lori Loughlin and the kid who played Chris and thought they were all good and I just don't think this movie is bad at all.
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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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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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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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2.0 out of 5 stars here he is again.... Oct. 9 2001
Format:VHS Tape
here comes casper again. with his mean uncles.
casper the friendly ghost. not as good as the first one.
but good enough if your kids loved casper and want to see him again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice family film. Aug. 16 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
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! The 1995 Casper (the first Casper movie), is definitly a better movie, with a way better plot. This movie has an okay cast, and a bad script. I don't recomend buying this movie. You should just watch it on t.v. and save some money. Overall, its a good movie, but not a good sequel.Take my advice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie of 90's & 2001 June 7 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
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 be sorry!!!
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