On Casper

This is not one of my favorites, but I’m sure many are ready to sing this theme song.

Points about Casper, the Friendly Ghost

Created by Seymour Reit and Joe Oriolo

Debuted in a 1939 children’s book, 1945 as an animation by Paramount Pictures’ Famous Studios, 1949 as a comic book (published regularly until 1982), and 1963 as a made-for-television cartoon (sponsored by Mattel)

The last theatrically-released Casper cartoon was Casper’s Birthday Party, released July 31, 1959

Title song written by Jerry Livingston and Mack David

Most commonly voiced by Cecil Roy

Long-time controversy who he was during human life

Common storyline: Casper does like being a regular ghost, so he tries to find friends. He eventually saves a friend that leads to acceptance by others

Supporting characters include The Ghostly Trio, Wendy the Good Little Witch, Archibald the Talking Wishing well, Hot Stuff the Little Devil, Nightmare the ghost horse, Spooky the Tuff Little Ghost, and Spooky’s girlfriend Pearl

Enjoy this good tribute video

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26 thoughts on “On Casper

  1. I’m glad you got into the spirit of things, and raised this spectre of times past. This is the reason I love haunting your blog – no ghost-writing for you, no sir! Another really ghoul post! (Yeah, that last one was a shade weak. ;) ) *
    * no rimshots required :D

  2. I had no clue there was a controversy over who Casper was when he was human, but that strikes me as absurd. He’s a cartoon ghost! Are there also numbskulls out there braining out that the ghosts were all floating around naked? If so, what a completely useless waste of time … but I do enjoy reading the research you do on these posts. That’s fun.

  3. Interesting, although I wasn’t a follower of this cartoon series. The 1995 movie Casper with Bill Pullman and Christina Ricci and of course “Casper” was good though.

    • Java,
      Yep – we went from portly to slimmer. Thanks for the link too. I came across that information, but I intentionally don’t venture into the modern age … thus why you see so little here about the 1970s. Meanwhile, the mystery behind his “real life” was new to me. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I loved Casper, Frank. I think he was one of my favorites. One memory that comes back to me is my mother’s discomfort with it. My parents were strong Fundamentalist Christians and they didn’t like the notion of “spirits” even in cartoon form. Somehow we still watched it, though. :-) I wonder if you’ll ever run out of cartoons? You keep ‘em coming, and many I’ve long forgotten. So much fun! Debra

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