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The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper is a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series produced by Universal Animation Studios and The Harvey Entertainment Company is spin-off of the Feature Film Casper, which in ture, was based on the Harvey Comics Cartoon Character Casper the Friendly Ghost.

Production

This series was proposed be a live-action sequel, at the time that principal filming wrapped on Casper, 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 developed this cartoon series to continue the story.

The show aired on Fox Kids television from 1996-1998 for 3 seasons. 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 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).

Characters

Casper

Casper McFadden has been haunting his family home of Whipstaff Manor for some time, having died from pneumonia (according to a newspaper seen during the scene in the attic from the feature film) after he played out in the cold for too long when he was twelve years old. Now in the care of his three wicked uncles, Stretch, Stinkie and Fatso, Casper's afterlife is not exactly pleasant. He has had to put up with his uncles' outrageous antics and his wish to gain a friend in a human is always ruined. Casper is very friendly and outgoing, but he sometimes appears rather shy. As in the film, he is voiced by Malachi Pearson.

The Ghostly Trio

The Ghostly Trio are Casper's uncles, and they hate humans, or as they call them, "fleshies", "skinsacks" and "bone-bags." They include Stretch, the hot-headed leader, Stinkie who almost always smells and uses his bad breath on others, and Fatso, who loves to eat. The three are chaotic in every sense and can't resist scaring no matter what the cost. However, there is a turning point to their horrid ways when they keep their promise to Dr. Harvey, and get his wife Amelia for him in the film. As in the feature film, they are voiced by Joe Nipote, Joe Alaskey and Brad Garrett, although in the third and fourth seasons Fatso would be voiced by Jess Harnell, who also voiced Fatso in the unrelated direct-to-video films: Casper: A Spirited Beginning and Casper Meets Wendy (Notably, Harnell also voiced Wakko Warner, who like Fatso also has a voracious appetite, and was one of three manic siblings who perpetually annoyed a psychiatrist).

Dr. Harvey

Dr. James Harvey (or "Doc" as he is called by the Ghostly Trio) is a psychiatrist and is shown to be an alumnus of Johns Hopkins University. After his wife Amelia's death, he has gone on to become a "ghost therapist," only to find and make contact with his wife, because he believes she is a ghost. However, after learning that she instead became an angel, he and his teenage daughter Kat stay at their new home of Whipstaff, where he continues to work as a ghost therapist, trying (unsuccessfully) to rehabilitate the mischief-making Ghostly Trio.

Dr. Harvey has to put up with the Ghostly Trio, who have learned to like him, but nevertheless he has as well. Dr. Harvey is an easy-going guy with a big heart. He obviously loves Kat, although he sometimes appears rather neglectful of his now motherless daughter's emotional needs. As demonstrated in the scene from the film where he speaks with his angelic wife, he is worried that he's not taking good care of her, but Amelia assured him that he was doing a good job, although she gave him some "motherly" advice ("Don't pick up the extension every time she gets a phone call, french fries are not a breakfast food..." etc.)

The animated version of Dr. Harvey deviates slightly from the film version, in that the animated Dr. Harvey was totally focused on being a therapist and used psychological epithets when talking to everyone, including his own daughter. Kat, Casper and the Ghosts simply regarded this as an eccentricity.

The role was originated by Bill Pullman in the Casper film, but he is voiced by Dan Castellaneta on the show.

Kat Harvey

Kathleen "Kat" Harvey is the daughter of Dr. Harvey and is portrayed as the stereotypical teenager who has a sense of humour.

She is about thirteen years old (about the age Christina Ricci, who originated the role in the Casper film, was when the movie was filmed) and is a good companion to Casper. Kat hates having to put up with the Ghostly Trio, because none of them get along with her as would be expected. Kat is voiced by Kath Soucie on the show.

Spooky

Spooky is Casper's mischief-minded cousin. He looks up to the Ghostly Trio as his heroes and despises his cousin's lack of interest in scaring humans. As such, Spooky is always trying to out-scare Casper and become the best in class. However, underneath the gruff, ghostly exterior, Spooky may also have a slight soft spot for his cousin. Spooky is visually very similar to Casper, but he has a black nose and freckles, wears a brown "doiby" hat, and speaks in a Brooklyn accent. He is voiced by Rob Paulsen.

Poil

Poil is Spooky's "ghoulfriend". Often absent-minded, Poil is almost always oblivious to current situations and takes things way too literally. She adores Spooky and everything about him, right down to the freckles on his face, is good friends with Casper and doesn't care as much for the Ghostly Trio as Spooky does. She is voiced by Miriam Flynn.

Ms. Banshee

Ms. Maddie Banshee is the teacher at Casper, Spooky and Pearl's ghost school. Befitting her name, Ms. Banshee can yell loud enough to be heard several towns away, even to wake the dead. Ms. Banshee enjoys being a teacher but dreams of being a professional opera singer. The Ghostly Trio (all three of them) have a crush on Ms. Banshee and constantly compete for her affections. Ms. Banshee is okay with the Trio but remains unimpressed with their efforts. She is voiced by Tress MacNeille.

Amber Whitmire and the Jennifers

Amber Whitmire and the Jennifers are classmates and rivals of Kat's at Friendship Junior High School. Amber and the Jennifers are portrayed as rich, mean, spoiled queen bees. Jennifer #1 has brown hair and wears glasses, Jennifer #2 has red hair, and Jennifer #3 has blonde hair and a snorting laugh. Amber is voiced by Sherry Lynn and the Jennifers are voiced by Debi Derryberry.

Episodes

Season 1 (1996)

  1. Spooking Bee / Fugeabouit / The Flew
  2. Paws / The Alphabet Song / It So Too
  3. Legend of Duh Bigfoot / The Ghostly Day / Invasion of the UGFO's
  4. Rocket Booster / A Really Scary Casper Moment / Day of the Living Casper
  5. Three Boos and a Babe / Whipstaff Inmates / The Elusive Exclusive
  6. Paranonal Press / Another Spooky and Poil Moment / Deadstock
  7. Poil Jammed / The Who That I Am / A Picture Says 1000 Words
  8. Spooks, Lies & Videotape / Ghostfather
  9. A Rebel Without a Date / Don't Bank On It
  10. Casper vs. The Ultimate Fan Boy / Field Screams

Season 2 (1996-1997)

  1. Grim and Bear It / Fatso of the Opera
  2. Dead of the Class / A Spooky and Poil Moment / Y-Files
  3. Losing Face / Galloping Ghost
  4. Aunt Misbehavin' / Split Personalities
  5. Something to Stink About / Plup Friction
  6. Ectospams / Stink on the Road / Doc's Depression
  7. Boo To the Future / All That Falderal
  8. Spooky and Poil Meet the Monsters / You Know You're Alive When... / 13 Ways to Scare A Fleshie / The Tricks or Treat
  9. Frighting Storm / The Ghostly Trio / The Legend of Whitebeard
  10. Three Ghost and a Baby / I Wanna Be Rude / Leave It To Casper
  11. Luck of the Spookish / Day Care Nightmare
  12. Scream Card / You Know When Your Alive When / Lady Screams the Boos
  13. A Christmas Preal / Ms. Banshee's Hoilday Hits / Good Morning Dr. Harvey / Fright Before Christmas
  14. A Midsummer's Night Scream / Aunite Maimed
  15. Gargoils / Ms. Banshee's Publie Domain Hits / Boosum Buddies
  16. What Goes Around / Scavenger Haunt

Season 3 (1997-1998)

  1. Columboo / All About C
  2. Hat Sick / Cancion De Olor / The Boo-Muda Tirangle
  3. Intensive Scare / F-A-T-S-O / Stench!
  4. The Phantom of the Oprhan / Stretch's Information Tidbit / The Crying Game
  5. Free Goldie / I'll Pick Your Nose / Birthday Boos
  6. Rats! / Stinky Time Theater / Great Ghouly Governess
  7. Above the Law / Ten Little Fatsos / Haunt-A-Thon
  8. This Old Manor / Scareobicize
  9. Gingersnap Out of It / Send of Good Stink Up Their Noses / Ghostly Locks and the Three Scares
  10. Booparty! / Do You Like Me / MacDeath
  11. The Scummies / Three-Ring Whiffstaff / It's Best To Be The Most
  12. The Son Also Rises / Stretching is Good for You / Ghostfinger
  13. Mom Always like Gouls / Dare To Scare / Bury Maguire
  14. Four Funerals and the Wedding / I Can Be Anything / Family Reunion
  15. Horrid Copy / I'm Nothing Without My Hat / Caspeer Pressure
  16. That Thing You Boo! / A Good Poil Poiled
  17. Jasper / It's Great To Be a Ghost / The Boo-Bloods of Whiffstaff
  18. Ghost Jam / Do the Spooky / Dr. Harvey and Mr. Gursome
  19. Polilticy Co-Wrecked Casper / Three Littler Letters / Pen and Tell Her
  20. Jack and the Scream Stalk / Boo Bash A Bone Bag / Artistic That's A Stretch

Season 4 (1998)

  1. Scaredy Boo Where Have You Got To? / Casper's New Theme Song / The Daunting Game
  2. At The BOO-Views / Sing Yourself Happy / Snowball's Chance
  3. NYPD BOO / Three Cool Ghouls / Working Ghouls
  4. Scream Test / Ms. Banshee's Kid's Song / The Doctor is Out
  5. Miami Nice / If Your'e Unhappy And Know It / That Advice Stinks
  6. BOO-Kini Beach / Garlic Bread Man

Voice Cast

Additional voices