Casper is a 1995 live action/computer-animated fantasy comedy drama film directed by Brad Silberling.
Carrigan Crittenden hires paranormal expert Dr James Harvey to exorcise the ghosts from her mansion. The situation changes when Harvey's daughter befriends Casper, a friendly ghost.
- The plot doesn’t follow the source material very well, and is too dark and too scary for kids. Casper just becomes a ghost because... of pneumonia.
- The Ghostly Trio makes unfunny and stupid puns.
- The source material is too dark for its target audience.
- The concept of death was executed poorly.
- Some of the characters are annoying.
- The script was uninspired.
- It tries with pathetic attempts to bring Casper the Friendly Ghost to life.
- The direct to video prequels are even worse.
- It has that random cliché where an animated character is in a live-action world.
- Despite the CGI animation on the ghosts being great for the time, it has not aged well.
- There is some swearing (like the words bitch, damn, hell, and piss) in some scenes for an children film, such as this quote "The Bitch is Back!" and "The Bitch just like you!", all of which don't sound like they belong in a kids' movie.
- The first prequel is somewhat even worse than this.
- Unfunny and weak humor, such as the scene where a character finds that his hand is on fire and doesn't even scream but instead pretends to be scared and slowly pats it out. It also has Casper saying "There's a girl on my bed...yes!" "You know that tingly feeling when your foot falls asleep? I think I'm made of that." and "Kat...could I keep you?"
- The computer animation on the ghosts looks great, even for the time it was released. Even better, this iteration of Casper became the first main protagonist to be computer-animated.
- Decent acting, especially from Bill Pullman, Eric Idle, and Christina Ricci.
- Good voice acting for the ghosts.
- Beautiful soundtrack by the late James Horner, who composed Bicentennial Man and Titanic.
- The sets like the Whipstaff Manor look amazing.
- Casper's backstory was really emotional.
- On that topic, the ending was actually really touching.
- Some funny moments here and there, like the line "GIVE ME MY MEAL!"
- Some Casper fans might like this movie.
- The cover of the "Casper The Friendly Ghost" theme song by the late Little Richard is catchy.
- Dan Aykroyd makes a somewhat amusing cameo as Ray Stantz from Ghostbusters and Don Novello as Father Guido Sarducci.
- At least we learn how Casper became a ghost in the first place.
- There is a deleted scene where the Ghostly Trio sing a song called "Lucky Enough to Be a Ghost".
- A spin-off series titled The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper premiered on Fox Kids and ran from 1996 to 1998.
- Alex Proyas' (director of The Crow and Dark City) original vision of the film was darker, less comedic, and deconstructionist. He loved the idea of doing a kid's fantasy movie with his favorite film, The Wizard of Oz (1939) as inspiration. In interviews, he wanted Casper to be an opportunity to do a great kid's film with real solid emotional resonance. Unfortunately, it started to move away from his potential and left production under a week before production and the script for his vision was rewritten in late stage of production.