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Casper: Spirited Beginning [Import]

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  • Actors: Steve Guttenberg, Lori Loughlin, Rodney Dangerfield, Michael McKean, Brendon Ryan Barrett
  • Directors: Sean McNamara
  • Writers: Joseph Oriolo, Jymn Magon, Rob Kerchner, Seymour Reit, Thomas Hart
  • Producers: Haim Saban
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • VHS Release Date: Sept. 9 1997
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 630456161X
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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
BOO! Casper: A Spirited Beginning's an all around astounding and fantastical video! Harvey Comics' iconic cartoon character Casper takes the stage in this playfully spook-tacular movie, along with Stinky, Stretch and Fatso.

So the film starts off with Casper aboard a ghastly train, huddled in one of the passenger cars, disbelieving he's dead. Casper was supposed to reach Kibosh's ghoul school for training so he can become a full-fledged ghost. But inadvertently strays from his intended path and finds himself in the human world. Whenever he asks bystanders for help, they scream and take off in fright! All except a boy named Chris who befriends the forlorn apparition. Chris doesn't have friends and his dad Tim hardly spends enough quality time with him, being engrossed in work. We're never informed why his mum seems conspicuously absent from the house, but we can only guess she may have passed away or that Chris' parents broke up. Chris attempts teaching Casper ghost techniques as does the Ghostly Trio, but he only masters invisibility and doesn't really feel like scaring humans. Casper decides on being benevolently friendly towards people instead!

The Ghostly Trio were rather funny, despite being mean-spirited poltergeists. One could get some jollies seeing them when they wreak havoc and mischief among the protesters and demolition crew. I loved how Stinky tries tickling a guy who whimpers for him to get away; with Stinky remarking, '''you hate me, you really hate me'', sounding warm and fuzzy! His bad breath is so rank it can cause an old wooden chair to collapse in pieces! Can see how he earned his nickname!

It was hilarious how Fatso says, ''Don't eat beans around the campfire'', and breaks wind near sourpuss Stretch! Puerile, I know!
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I read how this Casper movie wasn't all that good in the other reviews, but I bought it anyway. I will agree that the special effects really aren't as good with this one as they were with the Christina Ricci version. The dialogue and plot are so simple and unimaginative with this version, and the ghosts aren't drawn well. They're too solid and oddly coloured one moment, too amateurishly done the next. However, I will say that it's easy to laugh during this movie because of the amount of reacting people do to the sight of ghosts, and the kid and Casper have fun in the movie. That fun translates well on the screen. For all of its faults, it's a fun movie. Just don't pay full price for this version. The movie quality matches what I'm betting was a very limited budget.
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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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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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