The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper

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The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper
Genre Animated, Comedy
Based on Casper the Friendly Ghost
by Seymour Reit
Joe Oriolo
Developed by Sherri Stoner & Deanna Oliver
Directed by Alfred Gimeno
Voices of Malachi Pearson
Kath Soucie
Dan Castellaneta
Joe Nipote
Joe Alaskey
Brad Garrett
Jess Harnell
Rob Paulsen
Miriam Flynn
Tress MacNeille
Frank Welker
Jim Cummings
Debi Derryberry
Sherry Lynn
April Winchell
Tim Curry
Composer(s) Michael Tavera
Thom Sharp
Bruce Babcock
Charles Fernandez
Harvey Cohen
Ron Grant
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 52
Production
Executive producer(s) Jeffrey A. Montgomery
Producer(s) Alfred Gimeno
Editor(s) Paul D. Calder
Ken Solomon
Production company(s) Amblin Entertainment
The Harvey Entertainment Company
Universal Cartoon Studios
Jeffrey A. Montgomery Productions
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original network Fox Kids
Original release February 24, 1996 (1996-02-24) – October 17, 1998 (1998-10-17)

The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper is an animated television spin-off of the feature film Casper, which, in turn, was based on the Harvey Comics cartoon character of Casper the Friendly Ghost.

Production[edit]

This series was proposed be a live-action sequel, at the time that principal filming wrapped on Casper, and a treatment was written, but a combination of less-than-stellar box office gross (although the film grossed $100 million in the US, the budget was more than half of that total and analysts predicted much higher earnings for the film) and the fact that both Christina Ricci and Bill Pullman were attached to other projects after Casper and would not be available until more than a year later caused the idea to be scrapped. The producers then decided to abandon the live-action sequel ideas and instead developed this cartoon series to continue the story.

The show aired on Fox Kids television from 1996-1998 for 3 seasons. 52 episodes were produced, but only the first 46 appeared on FOX, with the remaining debuting on FOX Family Channel. Many of the same people who worked on this show also worked on Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain (the latter of which was a spin-off from the former; coincidentally, the former had also debuted on FOX).

The new Casper broke from earlier versions, following a sitcom-style pattern of one-liners and pop culture gags in a manner similar to the Casper feature. Apparently the update worked, as Casper hit the top of the ratings chart for children's animation in its first of two seasons on the air. The show would also frequently break the fourth wall. The show used old Casper supporting characters such as Casper's cousin Spooky, Spooky's "ghoulfriend" Pearl (or "Poil" as rendered by Spooky's Brooklyn accent), and Nightmare the Ghost Horse who, unlike in the original cartoons and comics, does not actually talk (though voiced by Frank Welker). The show also introduced new characters, including Casper's super-loud teacher Ms. Banshee.

Characters[edit]

Casper[edit]

Casper McFadden has been haunting his family home of Whipstaff Manor for some time, having died from pneumonia (according to a newspaper seen during the scene in the attic from the feature film) after he played out in the cold for too long when he was twelve years old. Now in the care of his three wicked uncles, Stretch, Stinkie and Fatso, Casper's afterlife is not exactly pleasant. He has had to put up with his uncles' outrageous antics and his wish to gain a friend is always ruined. Casper is very friendly and outgoing, but he sometimes appears rather shy. As in the film, he is voiced by Malachi Pearson.

The Ghostly Trio[edit]

The Ghostly Trio are Casper's uncles, and they hate humans, or as they call them, "fleshies", "skinsacks" and "bone-bags." They include Stretch, the hot-headed leader, Stinkie who almost always smells and uses his bad breath on others, and Fatso, who loves to eat. The three are chaotic in every sense and can't resist scaring no matter what the cost. However, there is a turning point to their horrid ways when they keep their promise to Dr. Harvey, and get his wife Amelia for him in the film. As in the feature film, they are voiced by Joe Nipote, Joe Alaskey and Brad Garrett, although in the third and fourth seasons Fatso would be voiced by Jess Harnell, who also voiced Fatso in the unrelated direct-to-video films: Casper: A Spirited Beginning and Casper Meets Wendy (Notably, Harnell also voiced Wakko Warner, who like Fatso also has a voracious appetite, and was one of three manic siblings who perpetually annoyed a psychiatrist).

Dr. Harvey[edit]

Dr. James Harvey (or "Doc" as he is called by the Ghostly Trio) is a psychiatrist and is shown to be an alumnus of Johns Hopkins University. After his wife Amelia's death, he has gone on to become a "ghost therapist," only to find and make contact with his wife, because he believes she is a ghost. However, after learning that she instead became an angel, he and his teenage daughter Kat stay at their new home of Whipstaff, where he continues to work as a ghost therapist, trying (unsuccessfully) to rehabilitate the mischief-making Ghostly Trio.

Dr. Harvey has to put up with the Ghostly Trio, who have learned to like him, but nevertheless he has as well. Dr. Harvey is an easy-going guy with a big heart. He obviously loves Kat, although he sometimes appears rather neglectful of his now motherless daughter's emotional needs. As demonstrated in the scene from the film where he speaks with his angelic wife, he is worried that he's not taking good care of her, but Amelia assured him that he was doing a good job, although she gave him some "motherly" advice ("Don't pick up the extension every time she gets a phone call, french fries are not a breakfast food..." etc.)

The animated version of Dr. Harvey deviates slightly from the film version, in that the animated Dr. Harvey was totally focused on being a therapist and used psychological epithets when talking to everyone, including his own daughter. Kat, Casper and the Ghosts simply regarded this as an eccentricity.

The role was originated by Bill Pullman in the Casper film, but he is voiced by Dan Castellaneta on the show.

Kat Harvey[edit]

Kathleen "Kat" Harvey is the daughter of Dr. Harvey and is portrayed as the stereotypical teenager who has a sense of humour.

She is about thirteen years old (about the age Christina Ricci, who originated the role in the Casper film, was when the movie was filmed) and is a good companion to Casper. Kat hates having to put up with the Ghostly Trio, because none of them get along with her as would be expected. Kat is voiced by Kath Soucie on the show.

Spooky[edit]

Spooky is Casper's mischief-minded cousin. He looks up to the Ghostly Trio as his heroes and despises his cousin's lack of interest in scaring humans. As such, Spooky is always trying to out-scare Casper and become the best in class. However, underneath the gruff, ghostly exterior, Spooky may also have a slight soft spot for his cousin. Spooky is visually very similar to Casper, but he has a black nose and freckles, wears a brown "doiby" hat, and speaks in a Brooklyn accent. He is voiced by Rob Paulsen.

Pearl[edit]

Pearl (or Poil as pronounced by Spooky) is Spooky's "ghoulfriend". Often absent-minded, Poil is almost always oblivious to current situations and takes things way too literally. She adores Spooky and everything about him, right down to the freckles on his face, is good friends with Casper and doesn't care as much for the Ghostly Trio as Spooky does. She is voiced by Miriam Flynn.

Ms. Banshee[edit]

Ms. Maddie Banshee is the teacher at Casper, Spooky and Pearl's ghost school. Befitting her name, Ms. Banshee can yell loud enough to be heard several towns away, even to wake the dead. Ms. Banshee enjoys being a teacher but dreams of being a professional opera singer. The Ghostly Trio (all three of them) have a crush on Ms. Banshee and constantly compete for her affections. Ms. Banshee is okay with the Trio but remains unimpressed with their efforts. She is voiced by Tress MacNeille.

Amber Whitmire and the Jennifers[edit]

Amber Whitmire and the Jennifers are classmates and rivals of Kat's at Friendship Junior High School. Amber and the Jennifers are portrayed as rich, mean, spoiled queen bees. Jennifer #1 has brown hair and wears glasses, Jennifer #2 has red hair, and Jennifer #3 has blonde hair and a snorting laugh. Amber is voiced by Sherry Lynn and the Jennifers are voiced by Debi Derryberry.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 10 February 24, 1996 May 18, 1996
2 16 September 7, 1996 February 22, 1997
3 20 September 6, 1997 February 27, 1998
4 6 September 12, 1998 October 17, 1998

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1996)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date Prod.
code
1a 1a "Spooking Bee" February 24, 1996 (1996-02-24) 101
When Ms. Banshee announces a Spooking Bee, Spooky and Casper decide to outdo oneanother.
1b 1b "Fugedaboudit" February 24, 1996 (1996-02-24) 101
In this musical number, Fatso explains what makes him tick - or not tick.
1c 1c "The Flew" February 24, 1996 (1996-02-24) 101
The Trio are sick with the Ghost Flu, which they transmit to the Harveys. Unfortunately, humans infected with the Ghost Flu become delusional, thinking that they are ghosts, and can fly. Can Casper keep Kat and Dr. Harvey from getting themselves killed for real?
2a 2a "Paws" March 2, 1996 (1996-03-02) 102
A ghost puppy follows Casper home from the pet cemetery - but the Trio hate dogs. Can Casper keep his new friend a secret?
2b 2b "The Alphabet Song" March 2, 1996 (1996-03-02) 102
Fatso and Stretch try to perform an educational song about the alphabet but Stinkie keeps "fouling" it up.
2c 2c "Is So Too" March 2, 1996 (1996-03-02) 102
Casper follows Kat to her study session with Vic at the library, continually ribbing her that it is a date, despite Kat's insitance that it is not.
3a 3a "Legend of Duh Bigfoot" March 9, 1996 (1996-03-09) 103
Dr. Harvey and the Trio go to the forest for a male bonding trip, only to encounter what they think is Bigfoot.
3b 3b "The Ghostly Day" March 9, 1996 (1996-03-09) 103
The first of several Edward Gorey style segments in the show. Kat recalls visits from spooked out scientists.
3c 3c "Invasion of The UGFO's" March 9, 1996 (1996-03-09) 103
Casper, Kat, Dr. Harvey and the Trio receive a visit from Barney-like ghost aliens.
4a 4a "Rocket Booster" March 16, 1996 (1996-03-16) 104
Casper tells Kat about the time he went into space.
4b 4b "A Really Scary Casper Moment" March 16, 1996 (1996-03-16) 104
Casper proves to the Trio that he can scare, but only when he feels like it.
4c 4c "Day of The Living Casper" March 16, 1996 (1996-03-16) 104
Thanks to some of Kat's makeup powder, Casper is able to pretend to be a human for the day.
5a 5a "Three Boos and a Babe" March 30, 1996 (1996-03-30) 105
Ms. Banshee calls the Trio in for a parent-teacher conference, and all three of them fall for her. Each tries wooing her under the pretense of tutoring Casper.
5b 5b "The Whipstaff Inmates" March 30, 1996 (1996-03-30) 105
The characters are introduced, Edward Gorey style.
5c 5c "Elusive Exclusive" March 30, 1996 (1996-03-30) 105
Reporter Perry Piscatore tries to win fame by broadcasting the Whipstaff ghosts on television - too bad ghosts don't photograph well...or at all.
6a 6a "Paranormal Press" April 20, 1996 (1996-04-20) 106
After accidentally making fun of her teacher, Kat gets a position working for the school paper, and ends up coming up with her own gossip column thanks to Casper and his ghostwriting skills.
6b 6b "Another Spooky And Poil Moment" April 20, 1996 (1996-04-20) 106
Spooky tries to apologize to Ms. Banshee, but Poil ends up making things goofier.
6c 6c "Deadstock" April 20, 1996 (1996-04-20) 106
After a visit from J. Edgar Boover, Casper has to inhabit Whipstaff with other ghosts or he and the Trio will be evicted.
7a 7a "Poil Jammed" April 27, 1996 (1996-04-27) 107
7b 7b "The Who That I Am" April 27, 1996 (1996-04-27) 107
7c 7c "A Picture Says 1000 Words" April 27, 1996 (1996-04-27) 107
8a 8a "Spooks, Lies & Videotape" May 4, 1996 (1996-05-04) 108
8b 8b "Ghostfather" May 4, 1996 (1996-05-04) 108
9a 9a "Rebel Without A Date" May 11, 1996 (1996-05-11) 109
9b 9b "Don't Bank on It" May 11, 1996 (1996-05-11) 109
10a 10a "Casper vs. The Ultimate Fan Boy" May 18, 1996 (1996-05-18) 110
10b 10b "Field of Screams" May 18, 1996 (1996-05-18) 110

Season 2 (1996–1997)[edit]

  1. Grim And Bear It / Fatso of The Opera (September 7, 1996 (1996-09-07))
  2. Dead of The Class / A Spooky And Poil Moment / Y-Files (September 14, 1996 (1996-09-14))
  3. Losing Face / Galloping Ghost (September 21, 1996 (1996-09-21))
  4. Aunt Misbehavin' / Split Personalities (September 28, 1996 (1996-09-28))
  5. Something To Stink About / Pulp Friction (October 5, 1996 (1996-10-05))
  6. Ectospasms / Stink of The Road / Doc's Depression (October 12, 1996 (1996-10-12))
  7. Boo To The Future / All That Falderal (October 19, 1996 (1996-10-19))
  8. Spooky And Poil Meet The Monsters / You Know You're Alive When... / 13 Ways To Scare A Fleshie / The Trick's A Treat (October 26, 1996 (1996-10-26))
  9. Frightening Storm / The Ghostly Trio / The Legend of Whitebeard (November 2, 1996 (1996-11-02))
  10. Three Ghosts And A Baby / I Wanna Be Rude / Leave It To Casper (November 9, 1996 (1996-11-09))
  11. Luck of the Spookish / Day Care Nightmare (November 16, 1996 (1996-11-16))
  12. Scream Card / You Know When Your Alive When / Lady Screams The Boos (November 23, 1996 (1996-11-23))
  13. A Christmas Peril / Ms. Banshee's Holiday Hits / Good Morning Dr. Harvey / Fright Before Christmas (December 21, 1996 (1996-12-21))
  14. A Midsummer's Night Scream / Auntie Maimed (February 1, 1997 (1997-02-01))
  15. Gargoils / Ms. Banshee's Public Domain Hits / Boosom Buddies (February 15, 1997 (1997-02-15))
  16. What Goes Around / Scavenger Haunt (February 22, 1997 (1997-02-22))

Season 3 (1997–1998)[edit]

  1. Columboo / All About "C" (September 6, 1997 (1997-09-06))
  2. Hat Sick / Cancion De Olor / The Boo-Muda Triangle (September 13, 1997 (1997-09-13))
  3. Intensive Scare / F-A-T-S-O / Stench! (September 20, 1997 (1997-09-20))
  4. The Phantom of The Oprah / Stretch's Information Tidbit / The Crying Game (September 27, 1997 (1997-09-27))
  5. Free Goldie / I'd Pick Your Nose / Birthday Boos (October 4, 1997 (1997-10-04))
  6. Rats! / Stinkie Time Theater / Great Ghouly Governess (October 20, 1997 (1997-10-20))
  7. Above The Law / Ten Little Fatsos / Haunt-A-Thon (October 31, 1997 (1997-10-31))
  8. This Old Manor / Scareobicize (November 3, 1997 (1997-11-03))
  9. Gingersnap Out of It / Send A Good Stink Up Their Noses / Ghostly Locks And The Three Scares (November 10, 1997 (1997-11-10))
  10. Booparty / Do You Like Me? / MacDeath! (November 17, 1997 (1997-11-17))
  11. The Scummies / Three-Ring Whipstaff / It's Best To Be The Most (November 27, 1997 (1997-11-27))
  12. The Son Also Rises / Stretching Is Good For You / Ghostfinger (December 12, 1997 (1997-12-12))
  13. Mom Always likes Ghouls Best / Bury Maguire / Dare To Scare (December 19, 1997 (1997-12-19))
  14. Four Funerals And A Wedding / I Can Be Anything / Family Reunion (February 6, 1998 (1998-02-06))
  15. Horrid Copy / I'm Nothing Without My Hat / Caspeer Pressure (February 13, 1998 (1998-02-13))
  16. That Thing You Boo! / A Good Walk Poiled (February 13, 1998 (1998-02-13))
  17. Jasper / It's Great To Be A Ghost / The Boo-Bloods of Whipstaff (February 20, 1998 (1998-02-20))
  18. Ghost Jam / Do the Spooky / Dr. Harvey and Mr. Gruesome (February 20, 1998 (1998-02-20))
  19. Politically Co-Wrecked Casper / Three Little Letters / Pen And Tell Her (February 27, 1998 (1998-02-27))
  20. Jack And The Scream Stalk / Boo Bash A Bone Bag / Artistic? That's A Stretch! (February 27, 1998 (1998-02-27))

Season 4 (1998)[edit]

  1. Scaredy Boo Where Have You Got To? / Casper's New Theme Song / The Daunting Game (September 12, 1998 (1998-09-12))
  2. At The BOO-vies / Sing Yourself Happy / Snowball's Chance (September 19, 1998 (1998-09-19))
  3. NYPD BOO / Three Cool Ghouls / Working Ghouls (September 26, 1998 (1998-09-26))
  4. Scream Test / Ms. Banshee's Kid Songs / The Doctor Is Out (October 3, 1998 (1998-10-03))
  5. Miami Nice / If You're Unhappy And You Know It / That Advice Stinks (October 10, 1998 (1998-10-10))
  6. BOO-Kini Beach / Garlic Bread Man (October 17, 1998 (1998-10-17))

Voice Cast[edit]

Additional voices[edit]

Home media[edit]

From 1996 through 1998, Universal Studios Home Video released episodes from seasons 1, 2, and 3 onto VHS.

In 2007/2008, Universal Studios Home Entertainment released two volume collections entitled The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper, Volume 1 and The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper, Volume 2 on DVD in Region 1.[1][2] Volume 1 consists of the first 5 episodes of the animated series, while volume 2 contains the last 5 episodes of season 1.

No further plans have been made by Universal to release any further DVDs of the show.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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