Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997)




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Everyone's favorite friendly ghost Casper returns in this family-oriented video release. The voices of James Earl Jones, Michael McKean, Steve Guttenberg and Rodney Dangerfield add depth to the collection of supernatural characters that will delight children from 5 to 10 years of age.
Comedy , Kids & Family , Television
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Bill Farmer
as Stinky
Michael McKean
as Bill Case
Steve Guttenberg
as Tim Carson
Pauly Shore
as Snivel
Brendon Ryan Barrett
as Chris Carson
Lori Loughlin
as Sheila
Ben Stein
as Grocer
Jeremy Foley
as Casper
Edie McClurg
as Librarian
Sherman Hemsley
as Storeowner
Richard Moll
as Principal
James K. Ward
as Stretch
Shannon Chandler
as Jennifer
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Critic Reviews for Casper: A Spirited Beginning

All Critics (5)

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.

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Film Freak Central

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Film Threat

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Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review Database

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December 16, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Casper is timeless

Wahida K
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
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

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