Casper Meets Wendy
|Casper Meets Wendy|
|Directed by||Sean McNamara|
|Produced by||Mike Elliott|
|Written by||Jymn Magon|
|Music by||Udi Harpaz|
|Edited by||John Gilbert|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox Home Entertainment|
|Box office||$30 million|
Casper Meets Wendy is a direct-to-video film released on September 22, 1998. The film is a sequel to Casper: A Spirited Beginning; both films are prequel/spin-offs to the 1995 film Casper and were released by 20th Century Fox after the company's acquisition of the Casper franchise from Universal. Haim Saban, best known for creating the Power Rangers, serves as an executive producer for this movie, and his production company, Saban Entertainment, was also involved. This was the first major film for Hilary Duff, who was nearly eleven years old when this film was released. It aired on October 27, 1998, four days before Halloween night, on Fox Family.
The film opens with the tail end of a Friday night baseball game. With the bases loaded, the home team wins by a narrow margin as the batter hits the ball out of the park. Both the celebration of the home team and fans and the dread of losing for the visiting team are cut short as a mysterious spaceship floats over the park, thus snatching the attention of everybody there: the players, the fans, the hot dog and popcorn vendors, and the announcer. After the ship performs a tune, it dissipates into three floating balls of light. One of them forms into a ghost who initially appears as an alien, but thereafter, is revealed to be Fatso (voiced by Jess Harnell), a member of The Ghostly Trio, who releases gas which hits the scoreboard, causing it to explode, also sparking terror. The other two ghosts of the trio, Stinky (voiced by Bill Farmer), and Stretch (voiced by Jim Ward), join in, causing panic in the park, as everybody got frightened. Casper (voiced by Jeremy Foley), a shy, friendly ghost (whom all three ghosts are uncles to), arrives, attempting to settle the frightened crowd, but the people are just as scared, saying that Casper's a ghost and ran away. The park is eventually empty, as Casper's uncles plan a vacation.
Meanwhile, an evil dark wizard named Desmond Spellman (George Hamilton) is settled down in his mansion. He is the greatest warlock to ever exist, until the Oracle (voiced by Pauly Shore) tells him that in the future 10-year-old Wendy the Good Little Witch (Hilary Duff) will be the greatest witch to ever exist, and so he plots to kill the "little mole rat", with the advised "Mystic Abyss". He creates two warlock enforcers: Jules (Richard Moll), and Vincent (Vincent Schiavelli) with a mix of chemicals in a food processor, exposure to thunder and lightning, and a spill over his catwalk balcony. He assigns them to go to Wendy's address (which the oracle printed on Desmonds' fax machine) and bring her to him. They prove what they think is a simple task by firing their hand guns through the wall.
Meanwhile, Wendy is living in the country with her three witch aunts Gerti (Cathy Moriarty), Gabby (Shelley Duvall), and Fanny (Teri Garr). While Wendy attempts to befriend the local paper boy, her aunts foil it by slingshotting a green ball of goo at the boy, thus causing the newspapers to automatically slap him. Wendy is angered and tries to prove herself to them when Jules and Vincent arrive with the purpose of abducting her. They begin attacking with their hand guns. She and her aunts narrowly escape Desmond's men as Wendy turns their weapons into water guns and traps them in a cage. To keep Wendy safe from Desmond, she and her aunts hideout and vacation at a resort hotel, which is actually the same hotel in which Casper and his uncles are vacationing.
Casper and Wendy meet in a barn and, due to their nice personalities and having been bossed around by their respective relatives, they become great friends. They then realize that her aunts and his uncles might not get along with each other, because ghosts and witches are natural enemies. As a part of their plan to convince them to get along, he gets his uncles to haunt a dance, and she convinces her aunts to attend as well. The Ghostly Trio possesses three men at the party and end up flirting with the three witches.
Though everything seems to go well, the plan is foiled when the possession wears off and the ghosts' real selves are revealed to Wendy's aunts, who bluffingly threaten them with magic. Later, Wendy tells Casper about Desmond and that she and her aunts can't use powerful magic, begging him not to tell anyone about this. Unfortunately, when the Trio suspects that Casper is protecting the witches, Casper is pressured into breaking his promise and telling them that the witches cannot use powerful magic, prompting the Trio to attack Wendy and her aunts. Wendy feels she has no choice but to fight them and uses a spell to cover them in plaster. This action is picked up by Desmond's magic tracker.
Of course, Wendy is distraught that Casper broke his promise, and their friendship comes to an end. The witches are then attacked by Jules and Vincent. Before Wendy and her aunts have a chance to escape, Desmond arrives and tries to cast Wendy into the Mystic Abyss to kill her, but Casper dives in to save her. Her aunts try to fight Desmond but they aren't powerful enough. Luckily, before Desmond could kill the witches, a giant three-eyed monster pops up and frightens the evil wizard, turning the tables and causing him to fall into the Abyss instead. The monster turns out to be the Ghostly Trio, who combined together to defeat him. While they hold the Abyss open, Wendy's aunts pull her and Casper out of it. As they are now saved, Casper and Wendy reconcile their friendship. As a bonus, the Oracle proclaims that Wendy is the greatest witch because she did something no other witch ever did: she befriended a ghost (Casper).
Finally, Casper, his uncles, Wendy, and her aunts all bid each other goodbye, but Casper and Wendy reassure each other that they'll be together again soon.
- Jeremy Foley as the voice of Casper the Friendly Ghost, who is mistreated by his uncles, but gets the courage the stand up to them near the end while also protecting Wendy from Desmond Spellman.
- Hilary Duff as Wendy the Good Little Witch, who gets mistreated by her aunts as she tries to prove herself to them, but became the greatest witch in the end after Desmond's defeat.
- Jim Ward as the voice of Stretch, one of Casper's uncles
- Bill Farmer as the voice of Stinkie, the second of Casper's uncles
- Jess Harnell as the voice of Fatso, the third of Casper's uncles
- Cathy Moriarty as Gerty, one of Wendy's aunts
- Shelley Duvall as Gabby, the second of Wendy's aunts
- Teri Garr as Fanny, the third of Wendy's aunts
- George Hamilton as Desmond Spellman, an evil wizard and the main antagonist of the film.
- Richard Moll as Jules, one of Desmond's henchman.
- Vincent Schiavelli as Vincent, the other of Desmond's henchman.
- Pauly Shore as The Oracle, a clairvoyant spirit
- Blake Foster as Josh Jackman, a boy at the resort who ends up on bad terms with Wendy.
- Logan Robbins as Josh's friend
- Michael McDonald as Spike, a human Stretch possesses at the party
- Travis McKenna as Phil, a human Fatso possesses at the party
- Patrick Richwood as Vinne, a human Stinkie possesses at the party
Awards and nominations
Casper Meets Wendy won the Children’s Programming - Electronic Visual Effects award. Hilary Duff was nominated for a Young Artist Award.