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Casper the Friendly Ghost: The Complete Collection (1945-1963)
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Audio commentaries with Mark Arnold (Editor of The Harveyville Fun Times), Edmee Reit (Widow of Casper Co-creator, Seymour Reit), Voice Actor, Bradley Bolke And Alison Argrim
Interviews with Voice Actor, Bradley Bolke, Edmee Reit and Alison Arngrim (Daughter of Norma MacMillan, the voice of Casper)
Gallery of comic book covers
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On the plus side, the set looks good. There are two slimline case clamshells; one featuring the two theatrical discs and the third disc in its own case features all of the "New Casper Cartoon Show" episodes.
The 20-page full-color booklet looks fantastic and of course, it was written by yours truly, so it is crammed with tons of information including where every episode appears in comic books, when applicable.
The first three Casper cartoons that are now in the public domain are actually featured as bonus features of disc one. There are 10 commentaries strewn throughout. All feature me with three of them with Edmee Reit (widow of Sy), three of them with Bradley Bolke and three of them with Alison Arngrim (daughter of Norma MacMillan).
I first saw the 15+ minute documentary in Oregon and was upset that I looked so "zombie-like", but after re-watching it a second time, it's not too bad, but I still come across as a bit dull in comparison with the animated Alison, who makes the documentary fun!
The commentaries are generally pretty good, considering that I had never done anything like this before, and recorded everything in a marathon 10-hour session in my home.
They DID get the "New Casper Cartoon Show" opening and closing in color which I begged them to do, and got MOST of the individual episode openings where Casper and friends zip in to watch a cartoon in a TV cloud.
Now, for the negatives. Even though I begged them to go back to Paramount to get the original cartoons for the original elements and credits, it just wasn't or couldn't be done.Read more ›
The artwork is absolutely beautiful in the early to mid 50s cartoons and though Casper could be cheesy at times, the cartoons still retain their warmth and happiness. It was fun to see the New Casper Cartoon openings which I remembered from my childhood. I'm really glad the booklet was included chock full of great Casper trivia and history.
I showed my five-year old nephew some of the cartoons and it seems that Casper has found a new fan!
Definitely recommend this to anyone of any age!
However - I had never seen his first Toon - his origin story if you will!
It's actually quite cute! I have watched about 75% of this with the picture being pristine and the sound nearly so. It's interesting to watch his personality develop over more than 75 years. He was developed as a character in a book (a 1939 children's storybook). His first Toon was in 1946 in The Friendly Ghost. In 1945 he made his first appearance in a comic strip and then in 1949 in Harvey Comics. Harvey Comics bought the rights in 1949 and he became of their biggest 'stars'. Then in 1995 he stared in Casper - his first 'live' action film - where he learns his last name is McFadden (although this is disputed by some people). It's never made entirely clear if he was a young child who died or never born.
Picture was great as was the sound!!
I would rate this collection very high 9.25 to 9.75 as it has essentially all of his Toons (that I know of anyways). If you Casper the Friendly Ghost of old Toons in general this is for you!!
VERY Highly recommended!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this! It's perfect----just like I remember! Great product---Thanks!Published 1 month ago by Nicholas Lemonakis
Wanted my grandson to experience Casper from my time growing up. It's wonderfulPublished 7 months ago by ana
I watched these as a child. I bought it for my granddaughter she loves itPublished 10 months ago by James Moore
My DVD is missing the first three episodes, not sure about anyone else's. Such a disappointment.
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