Casper (1995)

USA,
100m
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
DTS Stereo, Digital DTS Sound

An American fantasy film directed by Brad Silberling.

Plot Summary

Carrigan Crittenden inherits an old dark house from her father and is so furious that she didn't inherit his millions instead that she threatens to burn it to the ground. But the house is haunted by a bevy of and, desperate to find a treasure map that she now believes to be hidden there, hires “afterlife therapist” Dr James Harvey to exorcise the ghosts from the mansion. When Harvey and his daughter Kat, move in, she befriends Casper, “the friendliest ghost you know” but has to battle the more malicious Stretch, Fatso, and Stinkie.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Brad Silberling
© 1995 Universal City Studios, Inc., Amblin Entertainment, Inc.
Universal Pictures presents an Amblin Entertainment production in association with The Harvey Entertainment Company
Executive Producers: Steven Spielberg, Gerald R. Molen, Jeffrey A. Montgomery
Produced by: Colin Wilson
Co-producers: Jeffrey Franklin, Steve Waterman
Associate Producer: Paul Deason
Written by: Sherri Stoner, Deanna Oliver
Based on the Character “Casper the Friendly Ghost” Created by: Joseph Oriolo, in the story by Joseph Oriolo and Seymour Reit
Director of Photography: Dean Cundey
Edited by: Michael Kahn
Music Composed by: James Horner
Sound Mixer: Charlie Wilborn
Costumes Designed by: Rosanna Norton
Key Makeup: Christina Smith
Key Hair: Judy Cory
The Crypt Keeper Created and Designed by: Kevin Yagher Productions, Inc.
Digital Character Supervision by: Dennis Muren
Digital Characters and Special Visual Effects by: Industrial Light & Magic
Animation Directors: Eric Armstrong, Phil Nibbelink
Special Effects Supervisor: Michael Lantieri
Production Designed by: Leslie Dilley
Casting by: Nancy Nayor
Filmed at Universal Studios Hollywood

Cast
Christina Ricci (Kat)
Bill Pullman (Dr Harvey)
Cathy Moriarty (Carrigan)
Eric Idle (Dibs)
Joe Nipote, Joe Alaskey, Brad Garrett (the ghostly trio)
Joe Nipote (Stretch)
Joe Alaskey (Stinkie)
Brad Garrett (Fatso)
Garette Ratliff Henson (Vic)
Jessica Wesson (Amber)
Amy Brenneman
Malachi Pearson (the voice of Casper)
Chauncey Leopardi (Nicky)
Spencer Vrooman (Andreas)
Ben Stein (Rugg)
Don Novello (Father Guido Sarducci)
Mr Rogers (himself)
Terry Murphy (himself)
Ernestine Mercer (woman being interviewed)
Douglas J.O. Bruckner (voice of reporter)
Rodney Dangerfield (himself)
John Kassir (the voice of the Crypt Keeper)

Alternative Titles

Casper, to fantasmataki – Greece
Gasparín – Mexico
Gasparzinho – O Fantasma Camarada – Brazil (television)
Gasparzinho – O Fantasminha Camarada – Brazil
Kacper – Poland
Kasparas – Lithuania
Spöken, finns dom? – Sweden
Κάσπερ, το φαντασματάκι – Greece
Каспер – Russia, Serbia
Каспър – Bulgaria
キャスパー – Japan
कैस्पर – India (Hindi)
鬼馬小精靈 – Taiwan

Includes extracts from
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968-2001)
Once Upon a Rhyme (1950)

Sequels
Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997)
Casper Meets Wendy (1998)
Casper's Haunted Christmas (2000)
Casper's Scare School (2006)
Casper's Scare School (2009-2012)

Press

Periodicals

  • American Cinematographer vol.76 no.12 (December 1995) pp.54-56, 58, 60 – illustrated article (Transparent effects make Casper a landmark by Ron Magid)
  • Cinefantastique vol.26 no.4 (June 1995) pp.14-15, 61 – illustrated article (Casper by Dan Persons)
  • Cinefex no.63 )September 1995) pp.12-16 – illustrated article (Quick cuts: The ghost and Mr. Muren by Jody Duncan)
  • Empire no.177 (March 2004) p.148 – illustrated DVD review (Rwd by [JH])
  • Empire no.73 July 1995) p.104 – illustrated preview (The ultimate summer movie preview by Ian Nathan and Caroline Westbrook)
  • Empire no.74 (August 1995) p.31 – illustrated credits, review (New films by Andrew Collins)
  • Empire no.82 (April 1996) p.110 – illustrated video review (Video movies to rent by David Hepworth)
  • Film Score Monthly vol.6 no4 (April/May 2001) pp.29-30 – illustrated soundtrack review (King of the world: the James Horner buyer's guide part 1 by Jonathan Broxton)
  • Film-Echo/Filmwoche no.25 (23 June 1995) p.9 – illustrated article (Ein kleines Gespenst geistert sich in alle Herzen)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.331 no.39 (12 April 1994) p.19 – credits (Films in production)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.331 no.9 (1 March 1994) p.17 – credits (Film production)
  • Interzone no.99 (September 1995) p.34 – review (by Nick Lowe)
  • Legend no.18 (Summer 1995) p.33-34 – soundtrack review (Review)
  • Premiere vol.8 no.10 (June 1995) pp.102-106 – illustrated interview with Christina Ricci (Teenager on the verge by Blanche McCrary Boyd)
  • Screen International no.1010 (2 June 1995) p.1 – article (US box-office summer starts at record pace by Colin Brown)
  • Screen International no.1015 (7 July 1995) p.16 – credits, review (Reviews by Denis Sequin)
  • Screen International no.1109 (23 May 1997) p.2 – note (News in brief: Universal, Amblin ready Casper 2)
  • Screen International no.1112 (13 June 1997) p.2 – note (News in brief: Universal brings Casper back to life)
  • Sight and Sound vol.5 no.8 (August 1995) pp.43-44 – illustrated credits, review, synopsis (Reviews by Nick James)
  • Starburst no.203 (July 1995) p.33 – illustrated credits, review (Preview by Alan Jones)
  • Starburst no.203 (July 1995) pp.15, 16 – illustrated article (Seeing spooks by Michael Fairgate)
  • Starburst no.205 (September 1995) p.19 – soundtrack review (Soundtracks by Richard Sayer)
  • Starburst no.216 (August 1996) p.55 – illustrated note (Videofile)
  • Starlog no.216 (July 1995) pp.36-39 – illustrated interview with Bill Pullman (Ghost therapist by Pat Jankiewicz)
  • Variety 22 May 1995 pp.92, 105 – credits, review (by Brian Lowry)
  • Variety 28 March 1994 p.24 – note

Books

  • The Films of the Nineties: A Complete, Qualitative Filmography of Over 3000 Feature-Length English Language Films, Theatrical and Video-Only, Released Between January 1, 1990, and December 31, 1999 by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn L. Nowlan p.93
  • Steven Spielberg by George Perry p.92
  • Steven Spielberg: A Biography by Joseph McBride p.381
  • The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy by David Pringle (general ed.) p.86 – credits, review