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Casper: A Spirited Beginning

4.4 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Casper, the friendly ghost is back, and he's going to turn your store into your customer's favorite haunt. Steve Guttenberg, Lori Loughlin, and Rodney Dangerfield star in this feature length prequel to the hugely successful Casper. Featuring the voice of James Earl Jones, "Casper, A Spirited Beginning" is an irresistible blend of live action and state of the art computer animation that shows Casper's legions of fans just how he became so friendly.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Classic Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2016
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000H6SY6O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,169 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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I have this on vhs my kids and I grew up watching casper and I want my grand children to have the same experience so this seller had an awesome price I love this dvd. Seller had a great price. I have ordered a lot from this seller over the years and I will be ordering a lot more . they always do an wonderful job in getting you your merchandise on time dvd is ;ole brand new
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This movie is a nice follow up to the Casper movie starring Christina Ricci. I highly recommend this movie if you enjoy Casper the Friendliest Ghost we all know and love. I love the animation in correlation with the human characters. The animated bits are synched perfectly into the movie making it a great watch and you don’t really think about the real and animated characters being any different. I love the humor of this movie and it is just a fun watch. It is great to see Casper make a friend that is just like him: a lonely little boy. But together, they’re not so lonely anymore.
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A Kid's Review on October 22, 2000
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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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Every time she saw that we have the classic VHS and VHS player. She want to take it with her to her room, but we only have 1 VHS player. So I've decide order 2 different movie of Casper, one is for the truck, when on long trip and her room. Big thank you.
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Ugh. Personally, I thought this movie was horrible but, it was rented for my four year old who watched it twice back to back on out family movie night, so, guess she's the fan.

I guess it was cute. It isn't one of those films that keeps mom and sad interested while kiddies enjoy so if you get looped into buying or renting this, cringe and bear it.
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