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Casper's Scare School (2006/Classic Media)


Picture: B-     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Feature: C



When Kibosh, The King of Ghosts and all Dark Creatures finds out that Casper the Friendly Ghost has befriended a young human boy named Jimmy and helps him to practice his soccer skills, he and Casper's uncles, the Ghostly Trio decide it is time to send Casper to Scare School to learn how to be a real ghost.  Casper's Scare School is a cute kids movie that shows once again that The Friendly Ghost can still be a friend to ghosts and "fleshy's" alike, and that friendship can still save the day.


Casper is forced to attend Scare School to learn to be scary, or he will be sent to the Valley of the Shadows, a place that sends chills up the spines of The Ghostly Trio as they describe it to their ghostly nephew. At Scare School, the students are an assortment of kid zombies, mummies, vampires and other creatures that are learning to go bump in the night. The school is run by Alder and Dash, a two-headed creature with tentacles for legs. Alder and Dash are tried of running Scare School and want to run amok scaring people in the human world like they used to do. They ask Kibosh to let them scare people again and when he tells them no, Alder and Dash devise a plan to turn Kibosh into stone and then become the King of All Dark Things.


With the help of his new scary classmates and his human friend Jimmy (and some surprise help), Casper battles Alder and Dash to try to return everything back to normal.


Casper's Scare School is produced in CGI animation.  Casper and The Ghostly Trio's appearances have changed greatly since the theatrical live action-computer animated film of 1995.  The characters look like they are little toys that are three inches tall and the students all have over-sized heads.  At various times in watching this movie, it seemed like the characters were going to topple over from their huge noggins.  The backgrounds and buildings look like toy playsets.  It's a cute little look that is obviously geared toward kids.  The movie is fun and has some cute moments and there is nice twist to The Valley of the Shadows.  Celebrity voiceovers are performed by Bob Saget, Jim Belushi, Phyllis Diller and The Captain and Tennille.  The kids will like it and it will give adults some smiles.


The DVD looks great and is presented in anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 widescreen and offered animation that was just not all that impressive.  Sometimes, it looked to faint, other times; it just looks like something is holding it back.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo sound quality is equally good, though it has limited surrounds.  Extras include A Scream of a Scene - a featurette that shows the viewers the step-by-step process of how the movie is made, two music videos ("Casper The Friendly Ghost" and "The Scare School Song") and a Classic Famous Studios Casper cartoon, "By The Old Mill Scream".



-   Marc Greisinger


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