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Casper is a 1995 live action/computer-animated fantasy comedy drama film directed by Brad Silberling.
- The plot doesn’t follow the source material very well. Casper just becomes a ghost because... of pneumonia. On that topic, the storyline is unfocused.
- 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 cliche 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.
- 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 dosen'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 "Cat...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 towards Bill Pullman and Christina Ricci.
- Good voice acting for the ghosts.
- Beautiful soundtrack by the late James Horner, who composed Bicentennial Man and Titanic.
- The sets look amazing.
- Casper's backstory was a really sad scene.
- On that topic, the ending was actually really touching.
- Some funny moments here and there.
- Some Casper fans might like this movie.
- 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