The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper
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GenreAnimated
Based onCasper the Friendly Ghost
by Seymour Reit
Joe Oriolo
Developed bySherri Stoner & Deanna Oliver
Directed byAlfred Gimeno (seasons 1–2)
Marija Miletic Dail (seasons 3–4)
Voices ofMalachi Pearson
Kath Soucie
Dan Castellaneta
Joe Nipote
Joe Alaskey
Brad Garrett
Rob Paulsen
Miriam Flynn
Tress MacNeille
Frank Welker
Jim Cummings
Debi Derryberry
Sherry Lynn
April Winchell
Tim Curry
ComposersMichael Tavera
Thom Sharp
Bruce Babcock
Charles Fernandez
Harvey Cohen
Ron Grant
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes52
Production
Executive producerJeffrey A. Montgomery
ProducersAlfred Gimeno (seasons 1–2)
Marija Miletic Dail (seasons 3–4)
EditorsPaul D. Calder
Ken Solomon
Production companiesAmblin Television
The Harvey Entertainment Company
Universal Cartoon Studios [1]
Release
Original networkFox Kids
Picture formatNTSC, 4:3
Original releaseFebruary 24, 1996 (1996-02-24) –
October 17, 1998 (1998-10-17)

The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper is an animated television spin-off and a sequel of the feature film Casper, which, in turn, was based on the Harvey Comics cartoon character of Casper the Friendly Ghost.[2]

Production

At the time that principal filming wrapped on Casper, a sequel was proposed and a treatment was written, but a combination of less-than-stellar box office gross (although the film grossed $100 million in the US, the budget was more than half of that total and analysts predicted much higher earnings for the film) and the fact that both Christina Ricci and Bill Pullman were attached to other projects after Casper and would not be available until more than a year later caused the idea to be scrapped. The producers then decided to abandon the live-action sequel ideas and instead develop a cartoon series to continue the story.

The show aired on Fox Kids television from 1996–1998 for 3 seasons.[3] 52 episodes were produced, but only the first 46 appeared on Fox, with the remaining debuting on Fox Family Channel. Many of the same people who worked on this show also worked on Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain (the latter of which was a spin-off from the former; coincidentally, the former had also debuted on Fox).

The new Casper broke from earlier versions, following a sitcom-style pattern of one-liners and pop culture gags in a manner similar to the Casper feature. The show would also frequently break the fourth wall. The show used old Casper supporting characters such as Casper's cousin Spooky, Spooky's "ghoulfriend" Pearl (or "Poil" as rendered by Spooky's Brooklyn accent), and Nightmare the Ghost Horse who, unlike in the original cartoons and comics, does not talk. The show also introduced new characters, including Casper's super-loud teacher Ms. Banshee.

Characters

Episodes

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Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110February 24, 1996 (1996-02-24)May 18, 1996 (1996-05-18)
216September 7, 1996 (1996-09-07)February 22, 1997 (1997-02-22)
320September 6, 1997 (1997-09-06)February 27, 1998 (1998-02-27)
46September 12, 1998 (1998-09-12)October 17, 1998 (1998-10-17)

Season 1 (1996)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
11"Spooking Bee"
"Fugedabouit"
"The Flew"
February 24, 1996 (1996-02-24)
22"Paws"
"The Alphabet Song"
"Is So Too"
March 2, 1996 (1996-03-02)
33"Legend of Duh Bigfoot"
"The Ghostly Day"
"Invasion of the UGFO's"
March 9, 1996 (1996-03-09)
44"Rocket Booster"
"A Really Scary Casper Moment"
"The Day of the Living Casper"
March 16, 1996 (1996-03-16)
55"Three Boos and a Babe"
"The Whipstaff Inmates"
"Elusive Exclusive"
March 30, 1996 (1996-03-30)
66"Paranormal Press"
"Another Spooky and Poil Moment"
"Deadstock"
April 20, 1996 (1996-04-20)
77"Poil Jammed"
"The Who That I Am"
"A Picture Says a Thousand Words"
April 27, 1996 (1996-04-27)
88"Spooks, Lies and Videotapes"
"Ghostfather"
May 4, 1996 (1996-05-04)
99"Rebel Without a Date"
"Don't Bank on It"
May 11, 1996 (1996-05-11)
1010"Casper vs. the Ultimate Fan Boy"
"Field of Screams"
May 18, 1996 (1996-05-18)

Season 2 (1996–97)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
111"Grim and Bare It"
"Fatso of the Opera"
September 7, 1996 (1996-09-07)
122"Dead of the Class"
"A Spooky and Poil Moment"
"Y-Files"
September 14, 1996 (1996-09-14)
133"Losing Face"
"Galloping Ghost"
September 21, 1996 (1996-09-21)
144"Aunt Misbehavin'"
"Split Personalities"
September 28, 1996 (1996-09-28)
155"Something to Stink About"
"Pulp Friction"
October 5, 1996 (1996-10-05)
166"Ectospasms"
"Stink of the Road"
"Doc's Depression"
October 12, 1996 (1996-10-12)
177"Boo to the Future"
"All That Falderal"
October 19, 1996 (1996-10-19)
188"Spooky and Poil Meet the Monsters"
"You Know You're Alive When..."
"13 Ways to Scare a Fleshie"
"The Trick's a Treat"
October 26, 1996 (1996-10-26)
199"Frightening Storm"
"The Ghostly Trio"
"The Legend of Whitebeard"
November 2, 1996 (1996-11-02)
2010"Three Ghosts and a Baby"
"I Wanna Be Rude"
"Leave It to Casper"
November 9, 1996 (1996-11-09)
2111"Luck of the Spookish"
"Daycare Nightmare"
November 16, 1996 (1996-11-16)
2212"Scream Card"
"You Know You're Alive When..."
"Lady Screams the Boos"
November 23, 1996 (1996-11-23)
2313"A Christmas Peril"
"Ms. Banshee's Holiday Hits"
"Good Morning Dr. Harvey"
"Fright Before Christmas"
December 21, 1996 (1996-12-21)
2414"A Midsummer's Night Scream"
"You Know You're Alive When..."
"Auntie Maimed"
February 1997 (1997-02)
2515"Gargoils"
"Ms. Banshee's Public Domain Hits"
"Boosom Buddies"
February 1997 (1997-02)
2616"What Goes Around"
"Scavenger Haunt"
February 1997 (1997-02)

Season 3 (1997–98)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
271"Columboo"
"All About "C""
September 6, 1997 (1997-09-06)
282"Hat Sick"
"Cancion de Olor"
"The Boo-Muda Triangle"
September 13, 1997 (1997-09-13)
293"Intensive Scare"
"F-A-T-S-O"
"Stench!"
September 20, 1997 (1997-09-20)
304"The Phantom of the Oprah"
"Stretch's Information Tidbit"
"The Crying Game"
September 27, 1997 (1997-09-27)
315"Free Goldie"
"I'd Pick Your Nose"
"Birthday Boos"
October 4, 1997 (1997-10-04)
326"Rats!"
"Stinkie Time Theater"
"Great Ghouly Governess"
October 11, 1997 (1997-10-11)
337"Aboove the Law"
"Ten Little Fatsos"
"Haunt-a-Thon"
October 31, 1997 (1997-10-31)
348"This Old Manor"
"Scareobicize"
November 3, 1997 (1997-11-03)
359"Gingersnap Out of It"
"Send a Good Stink Up Their Noses"
"Ghostly Locks and the Three Scares"
November 10, 1997 (1997-11-10)
3610"Boopardy"
"Do You Like Me?"
"MacDeath!"
November 17, 1997 (1997-11-17)
3711"The Scummies"
"Three-Ring Whipstaff"
"It's Best to Be the Most"
November 27, 1997 (1997-11-27)
3812"The Son Also Rises"
"Stretching Is Good for You"
"Ghostfinger"
December 12, 1997 (1997-12-12)
3913"Mom Always Likes Ghouls Best"
"Dare to Scare"
"Bury Maguire"
December 19, 1997 (1997-12-19)
4014"Four Funerals and a Wedding"
"I Can Be Anything"
"Family Reunion"
February 6, 1998 (1998-02-06)
4115"Horrid Copy"
"I'm Nothing Without My Hat"
"Caspeer Pressure"
February 13, 1998 (1998-02-13)
4216"That Thing You Boo!"
"A Good Walk Poiled"
February 13, 1998 (1998-02-13)
4317"Jasper"
"It's Great to Be a Ghost"
"The Boo-Bloods of Whipstaff"
February 20, 1998 (1998-02-20)
4418"Ghost Jam"
"Do the Spooky"
"Dr. Harvey and Mr. Gruesome"
February 20, 1998 (1998-02-20)
4519"Politically Co-Wrecked Casper"
"Three Little Letters"
"Pen and Tell Her"
February 27, 1998 (1998-02-27)
4620"Jack and the Scream Stalk"
"Boo Bash a Bone Bag"
"Artistic? That's a Stretch!"
February 27, 1998 (1998-02-27)

Season 4 (1998)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
471"Scaredy Boo, Where Have You Got To?"
"Casper's New Theme Song"
"The Daunting Game"
September 12, 1998 (1998-09-12)
482"At the BOO-vies"
"Sing Yourself Happy"
"Snowball's Chance"
September 19, 1998 (1998-09-19)
493"NYPD BOO"
"Three Cool Ghouls"
"Working Ghouls"
September 26, 1998 (1998-09-26)
504"Scream Test"
"Ms. Banshee's Kid Songs"
"The Doctor Is Out"
October 3, 1998 (1998-10-03)
515"Miami Nice"
"If You're Unhappy and You Know It"
"That Advice Stinks"
October 10, 1998 (1998-10-10)
526"BOO-kini Beach"
"Garlic Bread Man"
October 17, 1998 (1998-10-17)

Voice cast

Additional voices

Crew

Home media

From 1996 through 1998, Universal Studios Home Video released episodes from seasons 1, 2, and 3 onto VHS.

In 2007/2008, Universal Studios Home Entertainment released two volume collections entitled The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper, Volume 1 and The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper, Volume 2 on DVD in Region 1.[4][5] Volume 1 consists of the first 5 episodes of the animated series, while volume 2 contains the last 5 episodes of season 1.

No further plans have been made by Universal to release any further DVDs of the show.

VHS

United States

Video Name (Volumes) Ep # Release Date Episodes Featured
Volume 1 6 September 17, 1996 (1996-09-17) "Spooking Bee"; "Fugedabouit"; "The Flew"; "Paws"; "The Alphabet Song"; "Is So Too"
Volume 2 6 September 17, 1996 (1996-09-17) "Three Boos and a Babe"; "The Whipstaff Inmates"; "Elusive Exclusive"; "Poil Jammed"; "The Who That I Am"; "A Picture Says a Thousand Words"
Volume 3 7 September 9, 1997 (1997-09-09) "Spooky and Poil Meet the Monsters"; "You Know You're Alive When..."; "The Ghostly Trio"; "The Trick's a Treat"; "Dead of the Class"; "A Spooky and Poil Moment"; "Y-Files"
Volume 4 7 September 9, 1997 (1997-09-09) "A Christmas Peril"; "Ms. Banshee's Holiday Hits"; "Another Spooky and Poil Moment"; "Fright Before Christmas"; "Three Ghosts and a Baby"; "I Wanna Be Rude"; "Leave It to Casper"
Volume 5 6 September 1, 1998 (1998-09-01) "Free Goldie"; "I'd Pick Your Nose"; "Birthday Boos"; "Four Funerals and a Wedding"; "I Can Be Anything"; "Family Reunion"
Volume 6 6 September 1, 1998 (1998-09-01) "Rats!"; "Stinkie Time Theater"; "Great Ghouly Governess"; "Hat Sick"; "Cancion de Olor"; "The Boo-Muda Triangle"

DVD

DVD Name Ep # Number of Discs Total Running Time Release Date Additional Information
The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper: Volume 1 5 1 107 minutes September 18, 2007 (2007-09-18) This single-disc volume one set contains the first 5 episodes of the animated series.
The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper: Volume 2 5 1 106 minutes September 9, 2008 (2008-09-09) This single-disc volume two set contains the last 5 episodes of season 1.

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". www.hitentertainment.com. Archived from the original on 3 July 1998. Retrieved 12 January 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 188–191. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  3. ^ Arnold, Mark (2017). The Harvey Comics Companion. BearManor Media. ISBN 9781629332703. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Casper DVD news: Box Art for The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper - Volume 1". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2007-07-17. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-02-28.
  5. ^ "Casper DVD news: Box Art & Menu for The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper - Volume 2". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2008-06-28. Archived from the original on 2015-11-04. Retrieved 2015-02-28.