Casper: A Spirited Beginning

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Casper: A Spirited Beginning
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Casper, his uncles and the evil Kibosh
Directed by Sean McNamara
Produced by Mike Elliott
Written by Karey Kirkpatrick
Jymn Magon
Thomas Hart
Thomas McCluskey(story)
Rob Kerchner (story)
Based on Casper the Friendly Ghost
by Seymour Reit
Joe Oriolo
Starring Steve Guttenberg
Lori Loughlin
Rodney Dangerfield
Michael McKean
Brendan Ryan Barrett
Jeremy Foley
Bill Farmer
Jim Ward
Jess Harnell
James Earl Jones
Pauly Shore
Music by Udi Harpaz
Cinematography Christian Sebaldt
Edited by John Walts
John Gilbert
Distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release date
September 9, 1997
Running time
90 min.
Language English

Casper: A Spirited Beginning is a 1997 direct-to-video film based on the Harvey Comics cartoon character Casper the Friendly Ghost. It is a prequel/spin-off to the 1995 film Casper, giving more details to Casper's origin. The film is produced by The Harvey Entertainment Company and Saban Entertainment and released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment on September 9, 1997 after the company's acquisition of the character from Universal.


Casper is on a train full of ghosts heading to the Ghost Central, with no idea of where he is and is completely unaware of the fact that he is actually a ghost himself. He gets kicked off the train, and then finds himself in the city of Deedstown, where he unintentionally scares all of the town's citizens, which led him realize that he is a ghost.

Meanwhile, a loner boy named Chris Carson, with a passionate obsession with the supernatural, has a strained relationship with his father, work-obsessed Tim Carson, who is attempting to demolish the Applegate Mansion to begin plans for a new renovation for the town, by building a brand new mini-mall in its place, but a group of protestors led by Sheila Fistergraff were against the demolition, as the house was confirmed to have an historical landmark. The wrecking crew that Tim hired and protestors were eventually terrorized by the Ghostly Trio, Stretch, Stintie and Fatso, who are in possession of the Mansion.

Meanwhile, Chris runs into a gang of bullies on his way to school who antagonize him about his obsession, but the frightened victims from the ghost attack run past them, allowing Chris to flee from the bullies as he realized it was the work of the Ghostly Trio. He came to them and wanted join there group; however, the Trio reject him, since he is human.

Meanwhile, the train that Casper was on arrives in Ghost Central run by the evil ghoul Kibosh, where new spirits are trained to learn the proper ghost lifestyle and work to receive a haunting license. After discovering Casper's absent, Kibosh becomes furious about the idea of letting a rookie ghost being let loose without any education to which he forces his spineless assistant Snivel to find Casper and bring him back.

Back in Deedstown, Mayor Johnny Hunt informs Tim to demolished the mansion by the next day or he will be fired. At school, Chris almost got into detention when the bullies led by Brock try to pull a prank on him by dropping a balloon full of gunk on him, but it fails and lands on the school Principal Rabie instead, but was saved when his teacher, Fistergraff, intervenes as the Bullies ended up with detention. After watching the news on television, with the mayor and Tim informing the press that the demolition project will proceed as planned, despite a series of setbacks, Fistergraff becomes outraged.

Chris runs into Casper, and they instantly become friends, as Casper was surprised to see that Chris isn't afraid of him. Chris insist on teaching Casper to be a real ghost and introduced him to the Trio. Much to the Trio's, delight they discover that Casper hasn't gone to the Ghost Central; therefore, never having to be put up with Kibosh, which gives them the opportunity to train Casper just to prove themselves to Kibosh, so he would stop chasing them, as they were unknowingly ease dropped by Snivel who informs Kibosh the whole thing much to Kibosh's rage.

Casper manage to succeed in his first lesson in going into the stealth mode(going invisible), but fails at every other lesson they thought him leading the Trio to realized that Casper is too soft to be a terrifying ghost wanted to be friendly, which forces the Trio to kick him out.

Meanwhile at school, Chris is disappointed when his father does not show up to his school's open house and Fistergraff tries her best to comfort and support Chris. The next morning, Tim decided to make things right with him and Chris by spending more time with him, after he realized that he missed son's open house much to Chris's excitement. Casper floats inside and informs him what happened to which Chris offers to help Casper and teach him what he needs to know. While Chris is giving Casper ghost lessons at school, Brock and his gang show up and tease Chris, but Brock gets attacked by Casper indirectly and gets into trouble with the principal again, to which Chris passes Casper for his lessons.

Casper flies off to test his new powers, by scaring away a man who attempts to rob a convenience store, and is thanked by the owner for saving his life, which gives Casper the decision to use his ghostly powers to help people. Meanwhile, Tim's office catches on fire because of an accident caused by Bill Case, a professional bomber hired by Tim to blow up the mansion, and he is unable to attend the meeting much to Chris's dismay as he storms, but gets hopes that Tim will remember his other plans.

After Casper and Chris sets up dinner for Tim's arrival, Snivel sees Casper acting like a servant to a human and leaves to report back to Kibosh, to which Kibosh was unable to tolerate any further, as he intends to retrieve Casper himself. The Ghostly Trio soon discovered about Casper's good deeds and abduct him. This unfortunately loses Chris's opportunity to have Tim meet Casper as Tim does not believe Chris and leaves to visit the mayor. Feeling betrayed by Casper, Chris runs away from home, but gets captured and locked inside the mansion by Brock and the gang, unaware that a bomb inside has been implanted by Bill.

The next morning, Kibosh arrives in Deedstown and captures The Trio, and forced Snivel to find Casper. Tim discovers that Chris has ran away, and meets Casper to which he was frightens him at first, but then listens to Casper and they both decide to go out and find Chris.

When Tim discovers that his son is in the Applegate Mansion, which is about to explode, he hitches a ride with Fistergraff, as Casper arrive at the mansion and finds Chris, and tries to help him escape. Tim gets his son out of the house and Casper eats the bomb which explodes in his stomach, saving the mansion.

With Kibosh being impressed with Casper's trick, Casper informs him that the Ghostly Trio taught him how to do it, which lead Kibosh to have the Trio stay and haunt as a family. The Trio decided to return Casper the favor, and lies to Kibosh by saying that they are Casper's uncles, after Kibosh informs them that that only ghosts who are a family can haunt together, which allows Casper to stay with his "uncles" and Kibosh leaves them in peace. Chris and his father reconcile and Brock and his gang get their comeuppance when the Trio hangs them from the branches of a nearby tree. Casper decided to go with a new name, Casper the Friendly Ghost.


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Casper: A Spirited Beginning: The Soundtrack
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Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released October 24, 1997
Label EMI-Capitol
Track listing
No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Casper, the Friendly Ghost" (opening theme) KC and the Sunshine Band and Kool & the Gang featuring James "J.T." Taylor 3:30
2. "Love Sensation" 911 3:36
3. "Back to Where We Started" Worlds Apart 3:32
4. "Delicious" Shampoo 2:59
5. "Mansize Rooster" Supergrass 2:34
6. "Best Friend" C.T.F.G. 2:57
7. "I'm Not Alone" Ellen ten Damme 2:38
8. "Kandy Pop" Bis 2:46
9. "I Wanna Be with You" Backstreet Boys 4:05
10. "Spooky Madness" Big Bad Voodoo Daddy 3:00
11. "No One Lives Forever" Oingo Boingo 4:14
12. "Big Bomb Bomb" Whitey Don 3:54
13. "Don't Worry, Be Happy" Bobby McFerrin 3:54
14. "You're in Trouble" C.T.F.G. 2:46

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