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Live Action Adaptation of Casper the Friendly Ghost from The Nineties. Directed by Brad Silberling (who went on to do the A Series of Unfortunate Events film) and produced by (who else?) Steven Spielberg. The first feature film ever to have a CGI character in the lead role, beating Toy Story by six months.

Rich Bitch Carrigan Crittenden (Cathy Moriarty) is eager to get her claws on her dear departed dad's fortune, but discovers at the reading of his Will that he... didn't like her very much and only left her a spooky mansion. After finding that the house may contain treasure, she drags her Battle Butler Dibbs (Eric Idle) to the Maine coastline, where they find the building is haunted by Casper and his three uncles. Carrigan eventually hires "ghost therapist" Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman) to get rid of them. He brings along his daughter Kat (a teenage Christina Ricci fresh off The Addams Family films), whose relationship with Casper is most of the movie.

The movie didn't do well with the critics (Roger Ebert being a notable exception), but nevertheless gained a bit of a cult following.

The DTV sequels, on the other hand, were far more commonly agreed to be much lower quality, both in terms of effects and plot, probably because they had absolutely nothing to do with the original movie except for the titular ghost.

The movie was the basis for the short-lived animated series The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper.

Tropes used in Casper (film) include:
  • Adorkable: Bill Pullman as Dr. James Harvey
  • An Aesop: About friendship, with a good example (Casper and Kat), and a dysfunctional example (Carrigan and Dibbs) and a creepy example (the Ghostly Trio and Dr Harvey).
  • Alliterative Name: Carrigan Crittenden.
  • All That Glitters
  • Alpha Bitch: Amber.
  • Avoid the Dreaded G Rating: There's enough language to justify its PG rating.
  • Battle Butler: Eric Idle's character Dibbs. It's never explained what his relationship to Carrigan is or why he follows her around and takes her abuse.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Carrigan Crittenden all the way.
  • Black Comedy: The Ghostly Trio warms up to James so much that they decide they want to kill him so he'll become a ghost and hang out with them for eternity. But they change their minds.
  • Boo Meets Girl
  • Butt Monkey: Paul "Dibbs" Plutzker.
  • California Doubling: Friendship, Maine, the setting of the film, is a real place, but none of the movie was shot there. The downtown scenes were filmed in the more touristy Rockport, Maine while most of the movie, including all the scenes involving Whipstaff, were filmed in California.
  • Cut Song: "Lucky Enough to be a Ghost".
  • Dawson Casting: Averted; all of the teenagers are played by actors between the ages of 13 and 15 and Casper's voice actor is 14 with the actor portraying his briefly restored body just about pushing it at 17.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Kat at times.
  • Died Happily Ever After: Kat's mom.
  • Disney Villain Death: Carrigan. Not that it stops her...
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Right after the Ghostly Trio decide they want to kill James so his ghost can join their gang, James (drunkenly) tells them he won't help Carrigan evict them from the manor, and declares them to be his best friends. They declare they just can't croak him right in front of him.
  • Evil Laugh: Carrigan, in ghost form.
  • Fly At the Camera Ending: The movie ends with Casper flying up to the camera, winking, spelling out "The End", then the friendly ghost apparently trying to devour the audience.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Lampshaded.
  • "Friend or Idol?" Decision
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "There's a girl...on my bed... Yes!"
    • "Hey, boys! We got a closet case here!"
    • The following exchange:

 Kat: I want to look...nice.

James: Mm-hmm.

Kat: Like... Like date nice.

James: Really? Uh...Honey, I think maybe it's time that we...sat down and...

Kat: It's a little late for that, Dad.

James: How late?

Kat: Oh, don't worry. Not that late.

 Fatso: [being sucked into a vacuum cleaner] This sucks!

 Stanz: Who you gonna call? [Ghostly Trio laughs] Someone else!

 Kat: You guys are disgusting, obnoxious creeps!

Ghostly Trio: ...Thank you!

 Stretch: Who's got their pointy head up my--

Fatso: That's not my head.

 Dibbs: Carrigan, if there's one thing I've learned from you, it's "Always kick 'em when they're down." And baby? You're six feet under! Oh what a shame! [takes out the Elixer] Sorry sweetheart. We're through. [aims to pitch it]

Carrigan: [gasps in horror] I am NOT going to forget this, you ungrateful, lousy little worm, you!

Dibbs: [laughs] You can haunt me all you want, but it's going to be in a great, big, expensive house! With lovely purple wallpaper, and great big green carpets! And a little dog, called Carrigan. A bitch, just. like. you!"

  • Unfinished Business
  • We Named the Monkey "Jack" Dibbs tells Carrigan that when he's rich from the treasure, he'll get a little dog, and name it after her.
  • When the Clock Strikes Twelve: Played with.
  • Who You Gonna Call?: To exorcise the house? Ultimately, Dr. Harvey, but Carrigan tries a few other professionals first. One of the trope namers even drops by to give a lampshade.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: Just try to work out what time period Casper lived in.
    • Mainly, the problem is that darn Duke Snider autographed baseball. Duke Snider began his baseball career in the 1940s, but everything else in the film, particularly the art direction, suggests Casper lived sometime around 1900. To add to the confusion, a direct-to-video "prequel" portrayed him becoming a ghost in The Present Day.
    • The only possible explanation for the "prequel" is that after his father passed away, he was taken to the train. During the trip, time moves faster. After falling off the train, all the shorts and specials happen. Then he wanders to the town where he meets the boy Chris. Casper did say to Kat that he "didn't go where" he "was supposed to go", and he didn't. Though they can all be explain away by Broad Strokes and Hand Waves.
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