Casper and the Angels

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Casper and the Angels
Genre Animation
Adventure
Comedy
Sci-fi
Based on Casper the Friendly Ghost created by
Seymour Reit
Joe Oriolo
Written by Bob Ogle
Jack Bonestell
Patsy Cameron
Gary Greenfield
Dick Robbins
Directed by Oscar Dufau
George Gordon
Ray Patterson
Carl Urbano
Voices of Julie McWhirter
Diana McCannon
Laurel Page
John Stephenson
Hal Smith
Paul Winchell
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s) Alex Lovy
Art Scott
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
The Harvey Entertainment Company
Distributor Taft Broadcasting (original)
Warner Bros. Television (current)
Release
Original network NBC
Original release September 22 – December 15, 1979

Casper and the Angels is a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series based on the Harvey Comics character Casper the Friendly Ghost. produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1979 to December 15, 1979.

Plot[edit]

Casper the Friendly Ghost is a guardian angel to two female motorcycle space officers named Mini (who is rather ditzy and has a Southern accent) and Maxi (who is a much more intelligent African-American woman with a very short temper) in the year 2179. They are joined by a rambunctious ghost named Hairy Scary, who would scare villains and troublemakers, but unlike most other ghosts, was accepting of the fact that Casper was a gentle ghost who did not like to scare people.

History[edit]

The show was apparently Hanna-Barbera's second attempt to cash in on the popularity of Charlie's Angels as well as the popularity of the motorcycle police drama CHiPs, the first being Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels (Laurel Page also voiced for that show). Twenty-six 15-minute segments shown as thirteen 30-minute episodes were produced, as well as two television specials Casper's Halloween Special and Casper's First Christmas. The series was shown on Cartoon Network and Boomerang for a few years. Like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show contained a laugh track.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Two segments aired per 30-minute episode:

No. Title Original air date
1 "Casper's Golden Chance / Space Circus" 22 September 1979
  • Casper's Golden Chance: Mini and Maxi try to track down space hijackers who are after a gold bullion, while Hairy Scary tries to teach Casper to scare.
  • Space Circus: Casper and Hairy Scary go to the Space Circus, where a diamond smuggler gets a pickup. With Mini and Maxi in pursuit, Casper and Hairy catch the smuggler.
2 "Casper Ghosts West / Casper's Camp Out" 29 September 1979
  • Casper Ghosts West: Mini and Maxi have an assignment to protect Sandy Gulch from thugs disguised as ghosts. Hairy Scary takes the liberty of scaring the phony ghosts.
  • Casper's Camp Out: Mini and Maxi are assigned to be camp directors. A river dam receives damage, but Casper arranges help before it arrives.
3 "Strike Four / The Space Pirate" 6 October 1979
  • Strike Four: Mini, Maxi and Casper go to baseball stadium to keep an eye on Don Button who is the Space City Dogers champion, but someone is impersonating him.
  • The Space Pirate: Mini and Maxi search for Captain Spacebeard, while Casper and Hairy Scary board his ship. Together they stop Spacebeard before he can execute his plan to rob a bank.
4 "Ship-Wrecked / The Cat Burglar" 13 October 1979
  • Ship-Wrecked: Mini and Maxi drive a new Space Bus, but Hairy Scary accidentally gets them stranded on a remote planet. After an encounter with the savage inhabitants, they all escape.
  • The Cat Burglar: Nerdley and Fungo investigate a cat burglary, but Mini and Maxi take over where they fail. With Hairy Scary's help they set a trap to catch the cat burglar.
5 "Something Fishy / The Smiling Lisa" 20 October 1979
  • Something Fishy: The Angels, Casper and Hairy Scary go to the Space Aquarium, but the seal Snowy gets held for ransom. After rescuing Snowy, Hairy proceeds to pursue the culprits.
  • The Smiling Lisa: Mini and Maxi are sent to safeguard the Smiling Lisa, but when Casper and Hairy Scary come it is stolen. They find out it was stolen by an imposter who after the insurance money.
6 "A Pocket Full O'Schemes / A Tale of Two Trashmen" 27 October 1979
  • A Pocket Full O'Schemes: Mini and Maxi search for a pickpocket called the Snatcher who steals things that he doesn't really want. When they do catch him there is a dispute on who gets the credit.
  • A Tale of Two Trashmen: The Angels, Casper and Hairy Scary investigate a burglary. The refuse collectors salvage the stolen items in their scow. The Angels and ghosts track and catch them.
7 "Fatula / T.V. or Not T.V." 3 November 1979
  • Fatula: Fatula plots revenge on Mini and Maxi who convicted him. Fatula lures the Angels into trap, but Casper and Hairy Scary come to the rescue.
  • T.V. or Not T.V.: Mini and Maxi have been awarded to star on television. At the same time Slippery Sam has escaped prison, but before he can make a fool of the Angels, Casper and Hairy Scary scare him away.
8 "Gone to the Dogs / Private Eyeball to Eyeball" 10 November 1979
  • Gone to the Dogs: Casper gets a dog called Sunspot. The dog however is not his to keep and a dog catcher is stealing owners' dogs. Hairy Scary goes as a dog catch the dog catcher.
  • Private Eyeball to Eyeball: Hairy Scary volunteers to be a private eye. The crooked detective Snoopy is after the gold bullion Mini and Maxi are guarding. Casper saves the Angels and gets Snoopy under arrest.
9 "Champ for a Day / The Ghost Robbers" 17 November 1979
  • Champ for a Day: When "The Champ," a famous wrestler, has his cherished teddy bear stolen, he refuses to get into the ring. It looks like sabotage! While the Angels track down the one responsible, it's up to Hairy to take the Champ's place.
  • The Ghost Robbers:
10 "Aunt Mary Scarey / The Ice Heist" 24 November 1979
  • Aunt Mary Scarey: Hairy tries to impress his Aunt Mary by pretending to be Police Commander.
  • The Ice Heist: The ghosts help the angels uncover jewel thieves at the space towers hotel.
11 "A Shoplifting Experience / The Impossible Scream" 1 December 1979
  • A Shoplifting Experience:
  • The Impossible Scream: Notorious (and nearsighted) ruffian and master troublemaker Muscles McSnort is out causing trouble in Space City with his antics and its up to Officers Mini and Maxi to collar him. But, they'll have to do it without the help of Hairy Scary, who upon failing to frighten McSnort has lost faith in himself.
12 "Prehistoric Hi-Jinx / The Commander Is Missing" 8 December 1979
  • Prehistoric Hi-Jinx: Mini and Maxi get assigned to guard a scientist's lab, and Casper, Hairy, Nerdley and Fungo follow them to keep an eye on things. When the boys arrive at the lab, all but Casper accidentally trigger a time machine and wind up in prehistoric times, and its up to the others to rescue them.
  • The Commander Is Missing:
13 "Love at First Fright / Saving Grace in Outer Space" 15 December 1979
  • Love at First Fright: Hairy falls head over tailsheet for Zsa Zsa Amour the stage actress after seeing her image on a poster. When Mini and Maxi get assigned to guard Zsa Zsa's dressing-room to protect her diamond tiara, Hairy begs to come along.
  • Saving Grace in Outer Space:

Production credits[edit]

  • Executive Producers: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
  • Producers: Art Scott and Alex Lovy
  • Directors: Ray Patterson, Carl Urbano, Oscar Dufau, George Gordon
  • Story Supervisor: Jim Ryan
  • Story Editor: Bob Ogle
  • Story: Jack Bonestell, Patsy Cameron, Gary Greenfield, Bob Ogle, Dick Robbins
  • Story Direction: Don Christensen, George Singer, Sukhdev Dail
  • Recording Director: Art Scott
  • Voices: Rick Dees, Bob Hastings, Diana McCannon, Jim McGeorge, Julie McWhirter, Laurel Page, Ronnie Schell, Hal Smith, John Stephenson, Frank Welker, Paul Winchell
  • Graphics: Iraj Paran, Tom Wogatzke
  • Title Design: Don Sheppard
  • Musical Director: Hoyt Curtin
  • Musical Supervisor: Paul DeKorte
  • Creative Producer: Iwao Takamoto
  • Design Supervisor: Bob Singer
  • Character Design: Willie Ito, Scott Shaw
  • Layout Supervisor: Don Morgan
  • Key Layout: Floyd Norman
  • Layout: Scott Shaw, Jack Manning, John Bruno, Alex McCrae, Al Budnick, Floyd Norman, Nino Carbe, Paul Power, Dave Hanan, Becky Price, Linda Harris, Tony Rivera, Gary Hoffman, Glenn Schmitz, Carol Lay
  • Animation Supervisors: Bill Keil, Jay Sarbry, Bob Goe
  • Animation: Robert Alvarez, Oliver Callahan, Frank Andrina, Rudy Cataldi, Colin Baker, Roger Chiasson, Anne Marie Bardwell, Steve Clark, Ed Barge, Richard Coleman, Tom Barnes, John Conning, Max Becraft, Jesse Cosio, Bob Bemiller, Gabor Csupo, Richard Bowman, Zeon Davush, Bob Bransford, Daniel de la Vega, James Brummett, Elaine Despins, Joan Drake, Charles Downs, Bill Hutten, Joan Drake, Volus Jones, Judith Ann Drake, Mario Julio, Marcia Fertig, Aundre Knutson, Gail Finkeldei, Rick Leon, Hugh Fraser, Teresa Loewy, Al Gaivoto, Hicks Lokey, Charles Gammage, Michael Longden, Miguel Garcia, Ernesto Lopez, Fernando Gonzalez, Tony Love, Jeff Hall, Mircea Manta, Terry Harrison, Mauro Maressa, Bob Hathcock, Duncan Marjoribanks, Fred Hellmich, Burt Medall, Charles Howell, Tran Vu Minh, Ken Muse, Joel Seibel, Constantin Mustatea, Mark Simon, Sean Newton, Ken Southworth, Margaret Nichols, Leo Sullivan, Eduardo Olivares, Robert Taylor, Margaret Parkes, Barry Temple, Lester Pegues Jr., Dave Tendlar, Delpino Ramirez, Richard Thompson, Harry Rasmussen, Richard Trueblood, William Recinos, Robert Tyler, Morey Reden, Carlos Vincenzi, Mitch Rochon, John Walker, Tom Ruegger, Allen Wilzbach
  • Assistant Animation Supervisor: Rick Leon
  • Assistant Animation: Greg Bailey
  • Background Supervisor: Al Gmuer
  • Backgrounds: Lorraine Andrina, Tom Hames, Fernando Arce, James Hegedus, Greg Battes, Eric Heschong, Dario Campanile, Jim Hickey, Gil Dicicco, Michael Humphiries, Dennis Durrell, Bill Proctor, Martin Forte, Vivien Rhyan, Fla Ferreira, Jeff Richards, Bob Gentle, Jeff Riche, Bonnie Goodknight, Andy Phillipson, Al Gmuer, Cal Titus, Ann Guenther, Dennis Venizelos
  • Checking and Scene Planning: Cindy Smith
  • Xerography: Star Wirth
  • Ink and Paint Supervisor: Alison Victory
  • Sound Direction: Richard Olson, Bill Getty
  • Camera: Jerry Mills, Curt Hall, Ross Avery, Mike Kane, Bob Berry, Neil Viker, Allen Childs, Roy Wade, Marc Debbaudt, Brandy Whittington, Candy Edwards, Jerry Whittingtion
  • Supervising Film Editor: Larry C. Cowan
  • Dubbing Supervisor: Pat Foley
  • Music Editor: Joe Sandusky
  • Effects Editors: Julie Bagdonas, Sue Brown
  • Show Editor: Gil Iverson
  • Negative Consultant: William E. DeBoer
  • Production Manager: Jayne Barbera
  • Post Production Supervisor: Joed Eaton
  • A Hanna-Barbera Production
  • Based on the character owned and copyrighted by HARVEY CARTOONS, a partnership.
  • Casper the Friendly Ghost
  • This Picture Made Under The Jurisdiction of IATSE-IA Afiricated with A.F.L.-C.I.O.
  • © 1979 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.

Home media releases[edit]

On September 5, 1995, Turner Home Entertainment released two volumes The Boo Zoo and Stars & Frights on VHS.[1] This release contained five episodes from the series. In addition, on August 22, 2000, Warner Home Video released Casper Saves Halloween on VHS, which contained the Halloween special as well as six 15-minute episodes of Casper and the Angels. Warner Archive has yet plan a complete series DVD release of the entire show to DVD.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Casper-Stars-Frights-Dick-Beals/dp/B0000060T0

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