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 Worldvision Enterprises (1979–1989)
Great American Broadcasting (1989–1991)
Turner Program Services (1991–1996)
Warner Bros. Television Distribution (1996–present)
Harvey Comics (1979–1994)
Universal Television (1994–2001)
Classic Media (2001–2012)
DreamWorks Classics (2012–2016)
NBCUniversal Television Distribution (2016–present)
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 cartoon 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 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 Scare, 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 on ABC (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]

Additional voices[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 (1979-09-22)

  • Casper's Golden Chance: Mini and Maxi try to track down space hijackers who are after a gold bullion, while Hairy Scarey tries to teach Casper to scare.
  • Space Circus: Casper and Hairy Scarey 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 (1979-09-29)

  • Casper Ghosts West: Mini and Maxi have an assignment to protect Sandy Gulch from thugs disguised as ghosts. Hairy Scarey 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 (1979-10-06)

  • 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 Scarey 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 (1979-10-13)

  • Ship-Wrecked: Mini and Maxi drive a new Space Bus, but Hairy Scarey 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 Scarey's help they set a trap to catch the cat burglar.
5"Something Fishy / The Smiling Lisa"20 October 1979 (1979-10-20)

  • Something Fishy: The Angels, Casper and Hairy Scarey 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 Scarey 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 (1979-10-27)

  • 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 Scarey 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 (1979-11-03)

  • Fatula: Fatula plots revenge on Mini and Maxi who convicted him. Fatula lures the Angels into trap, but Casper and Hairy Scarey 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 Scarey scare him away.
8"Gone to the Dogs / Private Eyeball to Eyeball"10 November 1979 (1979-11-10)

  • 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 Scarey goes as a dog catch the dog catcher.
  • Private Eyeball to Eyeball: Hairy Scarey 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 (1979-11-17)

  • 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 (1979-11-24)

  • 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 (1979-12-01)

  • A Shoplifting Experience: Casper, Hairy Scarey, and The Angels pursue a shoplifter who uses electronic devices to steal.
  • 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 Scarey, who upon failing to frighten McSnort has lost faith in himself.
12"Prehistoric Hi-Jinx / The Commander Is Missing"8 December 1979 (1979-12-08)

  • 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: The ghosts and the angels must solve the mystery of the missing statue of the Commander.
13"Love at First Fright / Saving Grace in Outer Space"15 December 1979 (1979-12-15)

  • 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: The Commander's niece Grace is a troublesome brat. When she sneaks aboard a stolen space vehicle, she is able to alert Casper, Hairy Scarey, and The Angels to the thieves' location.

VHS 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.

Production credits[edit]

The credits features voices from the show, plus the same animators and part of the same music from Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo and The World's Greatest Superfriends on ABC.

  • 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, Sukhdev Dail, George Singer
  • Recording Director: Art Scott
  • Voices: Rick Dees, Bob Hastings, Diann McCannon, Jim MacGeorge, 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: John Bruno, Al Budnick, Nino Carbe, Dave Hanan, Linda Harris, Gary Hoffman, Carol Lay, Jack Manning, Alex McCrae, Floyd Norman, Paul Power, Becky Price, Tony Rivera, Glenn Schmitz, Scott Shaw
  • Animation Supervisors: Bob Goe, Bill Keil, Jay Sarbry
  • Animation: Robert Alvarez, Frank Andrina, Colin Baker, Anne Marie Bardwell, Ed Barge, Tom Barnes, Maxwell Becraft, Bob Bemiller, Richard Bowman, Bob Bransford, James Brummett, Oliver Callahan, Rudy Cataldi, Roger Chiasson, Steve Clark, Richard Coleman, John Conning, Jesse Cosio, Gabor Csupo, Zeon Davush, Daniel De La Vega, Elaine Despins, Charlie Downs, Joan Drake, Judith Ann Drake, Marcia Fertig, Gail Finkedlei, Hugh Fraser, Al Gaivoto, Charles Gammage, Miguel Garcia, Fernando Gonzalez, Jeff Hall, Terry Harrison, Bob Hathcock, Fred Hellmich, Charles Howell, Bill Hutten, Volus Jones, Mario Julio, Aundre Knutson, Rick Leon, Teresa Loewy, Hicks Lokey, Michael Longden, Ernesto Lopez, Tony Love, Mircea Mantta, Mauro Maressa, Duncan Marjoribanks, Burt Medall, Tran Vu Minh, Ken Muse, Constantin Mustatea, Sean Newton, Margaret Nichols, Eduardo Olivares, Margaret Parkes, Lester Pegues, Jr., Delpino Ramirez, Harry Rasmussen, William Recinos, Morey Reden, Mitch Rochon, Tom Ruegger, Joel Seibel, Mark Simon, Ken Southworth, Leo Sullivan, Robert Taylor, Barry Temple, Dave Tendlar, Dick Thompson, Richard Trueblood, Robert Tyler, Carlos Vincenzi, John Walker, Allen Wilzbach
  • Assistant Animation Supervisor: Rick Leon
  • Background Supervisor: Al Gmuer
  • Backgrounds: Lorraine Andrina, Fernando Arce, Greg Battes, Dario Campanile, Gil DiCicco, Dennis Durrell, Fla Ferreira, Martin Forte, Bob Gentle, Al Gmuer, Bonnie Goodknight, Bonnie Goodknight, Ann Guenther, Tom Hanes, James Hedgeus, Eric Heschong, Jim Hickey, Mike Humphries, Andy Phillipson, Bill Proctor, Vivien Rhyan, Jeff Richards, Jeff Riche, Cal Titus, 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, Ross Avery, Bob Berry, Allen Childs, Marc Debbaudt, Candy Edwards, Curt Hall, Mike Kane, Neil Viker, Roy Wade, Brandy Whittington, Jerry Whittington
  • 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.
  • This picture has made the jurdisction of I.A.T.SE., affiliated with A.F.L.-C.I.O.
  • © 1979 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.

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