Casper: A Spirited Beginning 1905 NR

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While on his way to haunting camp to learn the art of spook, Casper, the world's friendliest ghost, finds himself derailed to Deedstown...with humans! Frightfully bad at scaring, Casper meets 10-year-old Chris Carson, a boy who's eager for a friend.

Starring:
Steve Guttenberg, Lori Loughlin
Runtime:
1 hour 35 minutes

Casper: A Spirited Beginning

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Genres Fantasy, Comedy, Horror, Kids & Family
Director Sean McNamara
Starring Steve Guttenberg, Lori Loughlin
Supporting actors Rodney Dangerfield, Michael McKean, Brendon Ryan Barrett, Richard Moll, Shannon Chandler, Steven Hartman, Logan Robbins, D'Juan Watts, Sherman Hemsley, Ben Stein, Brian Doyle-Murray, Edie McClurg, Rodger Halston, Casper Van Dien, Michael McDonald, Manny Fernandez, Michael Spagnoli, Rick Dean
Studio Vivendi Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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My granddaughter loved it.
Brenda Moody
I highly recommend this movie if you enjoy Casper the Friendliest Ghost we all know and love.
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I think this is a very funny movie.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Monty Moonlight VINE VOICE on November 27, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
The following review has been updated since I upgraded from my VHS to the "Casper: A Spirited Beginning" DVD:

There have been a handful of direct-to-video Casper films ever since the release of the big budget, bigscreen "Casper" from 1995, produced by Stephen Spielberg and starring Bill Pullman and Christina Ricci. They started with this film, "Casper: A Spirited Beginning", which initially appears to be a prequel, but actually seems to disregard the Ricci movie altogether (Casper's home has a different name and is in a different town). After that came "Casper Meets Wendy", followed by the completely computer animated features I have yet to see. Between "A Spirited Beginning" and "Casper Meets Wendy", I tend to prefer "Casper Meets Wendy", probably because it's more of a comedy and the story is more supernatural and interesting, adding witches and warlocks to the mix and making it perfect Halloween viewing. It also stars Hilary Duff in her earliest role that I know of, and coincidentally, she along with Ricci were two of my biggest celeb crushes, but I digress. "Casper: A Spirited Beginning" just continues with the ghost stuff, which we already saw done much better in the Ricci movie. Nevertheless, it is a cute little film for kids that "kids at heart" like myself can still find some enjoyment in. The acting in general might be better here than in "Casper Meets Wendy", thought it's still a mixed bag and they are really camping it up on purpose in "Casper Meets Wendy". There is an amateurish quality with both films, and "A Spirited Beginning" may be worse, especially in one early scene where the young star of the film is caught talking to someone off camera... Sad, but you learn to overlook those things in direct-to-video releases, ha.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on April 4, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Although I enjoyed the first CASPER movie the best, A SPIRITED BEGINNING is just as good. It's pretty different from the first movie, too. There are hardly any similarities except for maybe the ghosts. In this one, Casper is back and this time he comes across an 11-year-old boy who is very interested in ghosts and the Supernatural. So interested, that some people may think he's obsessed with the stuff. His father, unfortunately, doesn't seem to have enough time to spend with him because he's always rushing around...working. The boy is the only one in town who isn't afraid of Casper and they end up becoming friends. Casper and his three uncles still live in the mansion...but the boy's father is making plans with the governer of the town to tear old mansion down to turn the land into a shopping mall! The rest of the town - started by the boy's school teacher - started a fight in order to save the house for historical reseasons. This is a fun movie and the kid in the movie is kinda cute, too. If you liked the first CASPER, than A SPIRITED BEGINNING is for you. I wouldn't recommend any of the other CASPER movies - those all stunk - but these are the only two really good, worth-while movies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 22, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I thought this movie was very funny.I liked Casper meets Wendy alot too, but this just as good. I'd recomend it for the whole family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anton Yakovlev (yakovlev@wpi.edu) on December 8, 1998
Format: VHS Tape
While not as groundbreaking as the first Casper, A Spirited Beginning is a well done attempt to "fill in the blanks" of the original and tell a full story about the past of Casper and his uncles. More comical and light-hearted than the original, this movie is perhaps even more impressive as far as visual effects ar concerned. If you sympathise with Casper et al, you probably won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 30, 2011
Format: DVD
This is a prequel to the Casper movies. It's more for kids definitely, but it is still a cute movie. Yeah, it's a direct to video film, but if you liked the Casper movies, this is definitely worth checking out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frasier Crane on August 6, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Casper: A Spirited Beginning Dvd is very good. It is very funny, and people of all ages would like it. Although it is not as good as the first Casper Movie, I would still recommend it to just about anybody.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on March 17, 2007
Format: DVD
I use to have this movie on vhs and I recently purchased a copy on dvd. I totally forgotten how great and fun this movie is. I use to watch Casper cartoons and just loved this little character. The movie is just as wonderful as the cartoons. You will love the special effects and you will fall in love with Casper. The dvd special features includes a Casper cartoon. If you have children {or even if you don't} order this one and sit back and have some laughs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I enjoyed this movie very much; it's light-hearted and pleasant. There are also some good family value themes that are taught.
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