There's Good Boos To-Night
|There's Good Boos To-Night|
|Directed by||I. Sparber|
|Produced by||Sam Buchwald (associate producer)
Seymour Kneitel (producer)
Izzy Sparber (producer)
|Story by||Bill Turner
Voice cast (uncredited):
Walter Tetley (Casper)
Sid Raymond (Other Ghosts)
Jack Mercer (Other Ghosts/Calf/Ferdie Fox/Hunter)
|Music by||Winston Sharples|
|Animation by||Myron Waldman
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release date(s)||April 23, 1948|
|Running time||8 minutes 45 seconds|
|Followed by||A Haunting We Will Go (1949)|
There's Good Boos To-Night is a 1948 animated short directed by Izzy Sparber and narrated by Frank Gallop, featuring Casper the Friendly Ghost. The title is a play on "There's good news tonight", the sign-on catchphrase of radio commentator Gabriel Heatter.
The cartoon opens with Casper sitting beside his grave which is decorated with the Bible segment 'love thy neighbor', reading a book on animal friends. Around 12 Midnight, while the ghosts at the cemetery, where Casper is buried, are getting ready to go off and "boo" people, Casper is trying to make friends with animals instead of humans. The ghosts leave the cemetery, as does Casper, who wanders off looking for friends in a couple animals. However, when Casper tries to make friends with a baby calf, it runs away, calling for its "mama"; when the mother goes up to Casper, she runs away from the farm and over the moon.
Later, Casper comes across a skunk and asks it to be friends, but it runs away in terror and quickly sprays him. After bathing himself, Casper sits on a log and ultimately cries because none of the animals want to be his friend. While Casper is sitting on the log, he catches the attention of a small fox cub who feels sorry for him. Casper and the fox quickly bond and he names the cub "Ferdie" and considers him to be his best friend. Casper and Ferdie's relationship is put in tremendous jeopardy, however, while they are playing a game of Hide and Seek. While Ferdie is hiding, a hunter and two of his hunting dogs come and try to kill Ferdie. They pursue him until he is exhausted and out of breath.
While the hunter is firing gunshots towards Ferdie, Casper flies in the hunter's direction, and demands that he leaves Ferdie alone. When the dogs and hunter see Casper, they flee in terror. Casper looks Ferdie to tell him that everything is fine, but finds that he's too late because the bullets went through him and hit Ferdie. Casper starts mourning because he lost "the only friend he ever had in his whole life." Casper returns to the cemetery where he buries Ferdie next to his own gravestone. Casper begins mourning but is soon overjoyed to find that Ferdie has returned as a ghost himself. Reunited, Casper and Ferdie live "happily ever after."
According to certain sources, American radio and voice actress Cecil H. Roy provided the voice of Casper for this short. Other sources list Walter Tetley as the voice of Casper. Sid Raymond provided some extra voices for the ghosts at the beginning. Jack Mercer, most famous for providing the voice of Popeye during the 1930s and 40s, provided the voices and sounds of the ghosts, the calf and Ferdie Fox for the short. It was narrated by Frank Gallop.
- There's Good Boos To-Night at the Internet Movie Database
- The short film There's Good Boos To-Night is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]
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