The Casper film franchise consists of a total of five films featuring the Harvey Comics cartoon character Casper the Friendly Ghost, with one being release theatrically and the rest being release in either television or straight-to-video. The first three were done in live-action mix with computer animation while the other two were completely done in computer animation.
Casper (1995)Casper was release in May 26, 1995 grossing over $287 millions worldwide making it a commercial success, but was met with mix reviews from critics, although Roger Ebert gave it 3 out of 4 stars. With this film, they made an attempt to give a back-story to Casper explaining his tragic death and also showing his human form. The film stars Christina Ricci and Bill Pullman with Malachi Pearson voicing the titular character and Devon Sawa portraying his human from. While the film was a success, the studio didn't produce a sequel feeling like the general public wouldn't be invested in one, so their was a spin-off animated series that follows after the events of the film.
Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997)
Casper: A Spirited Beginning was release on video in September 9, 1997. This was consider to be a prequel to the 1995 film, explaining Casper's back-story, although it was contradictory with explaining it. Mainly down to it having Casper dying on present day and no mention of Whipstaff and the Ghostly Trio aren't directly related to him. The film also has an ensemble cast of big name actors such as Steve Guttenberg, Lori Loughlin, Rodney Dangerfield, Michael McKean, James Earl Jones and Pauly Shore.
Casper Meets Wendy (1998)
Casper Meets Wendy was release on video in September 22, 1998, being a sequel to Casper: A Spirited Beginning while still being a prequel to the original. The film decided to introduce the witches by adding Wendy the Good Little Witch who was a popular character that appeared in the classic comics and cartoons. The role was giving to Hilary Duff in her first major film when she was eleven years old. The film stars, Cathy Moriarty (who was the villain in the 1995 film), Shelley Duvall, Teri Garr, and George Hamilton.
Casper's Haunted Christmas (2000)
Casper's Haunted Christmas was release on video in October 31, 2000. Unlike it's predecessors, this film was all done in CGI animation. The film has Brendan Ryan Barret, who was Casper's best friend Chris Carson in Casper: A Spirited Beginning voice Casper himself
Casper's Scare School (2006)
|Direct-to-Video/Television films||Casper: A Spirited Beginning | Casper Meets Wendy | Casper's Haunted Christmas | Casper's Scare School|