Notes: Originally released as motion picture in 1995.
"This film has been modified from its original version. It has been formatted to fit this screen."
Credits: Co-producers, Jeffrey Franklin, Steve Waterman ; digital character supervision, Dennis Muren ; music, James Horner ; editor, Michael Kahn ; production designer, Leslie Dilley ; director of photography, Dean Cundey ; executive producers, Steven Spielberg, Gerald R. Molen, Jeffrey A. Montgomery ; writers, Sherri Stoner, Deanna Oliver ; producer, Colin Wilson ; director, Brad Silberling.
Cast: Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle.
Description: 1 videocassette (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. Plastic clamshell case and original artwork
Details: VHS; Hi-fi, stereo, surround ; digitally recorded.
Responsibility: Universal Pictures presents an Amblin Entertainment production in association with the Harvey Entertainment Company ; writers, Sherri Stoner, Deanna Oliver ; producer, Colin Wilson ; director, Brad Silberling.
"Ghost therapist" Dr. James Harvey and his daughter Kat arrive at drafty, old Whipstaff Manor. Its greedy owner, Carrigan Crittendon, has hired Dr. Harvey to exorcise the house's apparitions: a friendly but lonely young ghost named Casper, who's just looking for a friend, and his outrageous uncles Stretch, Stinkie and Fatso (The Ghostly Trio). If the plan works, she and Dibs, her partner-in-slime, can get their hands on the manor's fabled treasure. Casper finds a kindred spirit in Kat, but the Ghostly Trio will not tolerate "fleshies" in their house.
This 1995 family film tries to put a fun spin on the story of a paranormalist and widower (Bill Pullman) who moves into a new house with his daughter (Christina Ricci) and meets up with the ghost of a dead little boy. Based on the comic book about Casper the friendly ghost, the film is a dreary series of awkward interactions between live actors and computer effects, and you can almost see Pullman and Ricci reconsidering the project while on camera. A few cameo appearances from uncredited stars help things a bit. But there's no way, based on this film, that one could have guessed that its director, Brad Silberling, would go on to make the exceptional drama City of Angels
. --Tom Keogh