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Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997)




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Billed as a prequel to the 1995 family film Casper, which in turn is based on an enduring Harvey cartoon character "Casper the Friendly Ghost," this direct-to-video entry is aimed at younger kids (though some of the scenes may be inappropriate for really young children). The story begins as Casper, who is new to the ghostly plane, rides a death train towards Ghost Central Station where he is to attend a camp to train him to scare people. Instead, he irritates another passenger and is tossed off the train. The bewildered little spirit lands in Deedstown where he becomes friends with 10-year-old Chris Carson, a troubled boy whose mother is gone and whose work-obsessed father ignores him. Chris sees that Casper is troubled too and so decides to show him how to be a real ghost by taking him to Applegate Manor, the town's haunted house, and introducing him to the riotous Ghostly Trio.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Television, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jymn Magon, Thomas Hart, Jymn Magon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 16, 2005
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Steve Guttenberg
as Tim Carson
Michael McKean
as Bill Case
Richard Moll
as Principal
Sherman Hemsley
as Storeowner
Edie McClurg
as Librarian
Ben Stein
as Grocer
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Critic Reviews for Casper: A Spirited Beginning

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Taking place in a scary netherworld where up is down, black is white, and Steve Guttenberg, Rodney Dangerfield, Lori Loughlin, Pauly Shore, and Richard Moll still have careers.

Full Review… | September 30, 2002
Film Freak Central

August 17, 2005

May 6, 2005
Film Threat

December 16, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Full Review… | December 3, 2002
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Casper: A Spirited Beginning

I only watched this because it went along with the other two Casper movies, but it's a prequel, most prequels aren't good, and this is no exception. It has a bit of the charm from the first two, but overall it's just so-so.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Casper is timeless

Wahida K

Super Reviewer


"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. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

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