History WesternAnimation / CasperTheFriendlyGhost

26th Jul '16 9:31:39 AM Prinzenick
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** In "Spunky Skunky", an outcast skunk attempts suicide by jumping off a cliff, but convieniently falls into a can of white paint--he lives, but he thinks he's become a ghost.



* SmellySkunk: "Spunky Skunky" is centered around Casper befriending a skunk who is spurned from playing baseball with some local animals, prompting him to try to commit suicide by jumping off a cliff, only to fall into a white can of paint and think he's become a ghost. Capser rolls with it just so he can have a friend, but the act is up when the skunk falls into water and washes off the paint--and realizes that Casper is a ghost and flees. Later on, the skunk tries to save his other friends from a hungry wolf, and Casper of course arrives to save the day, earning the skunks friendship back (and also earning the respect of the others, who wear clothespins on their noses for the skunks sake when they play baseball).



** However, there are a handful of shorts in the series where they actually ''did'' try to get away from the formula, with varying degrees of success. One of them had the Ghostly Trio dosing Casper with something to make him more antagonistic (and thus more "ghostly" and interested in scaring people), but it [[GoneHorriblyRight works too well]] and Casper spends most of the short viciously pranking the Ghostly Trio[[note]]The end reveals that it didn't actually work, and Casper was teaching the Trio a lesson[[/note]].

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** However, there are a handful of shorts in the series where they actually ''did'' try to get away from the formula, with varying degrees of success. "Ghost of Honor" is basically a very meta deconstruction of the series. "Not Ghoulty" has Casper robbed of his powers and his newfound friends turning on him due to them trying to have Casper help them, only for Capser to keep screwing up because he can't use his ghost abilities anymore. One of them had later shorts tad the Ghostly Trio dosing Casper with something to make him more antagonistic (and thus more "ghostly" and interested in scaring people), but it [[GoneHorriblyRight works too well]] and Casper spends most of the short viciously pranking the Ghostly Trio[[note]]The end reveals that it didn't actually work, and Casper was teaching the Trio a lesson[[/note]].
19th Jul '16 6:11:31 AM DrNoPuma
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* ClamTrap: Discussed. In the episode "Ghost Writers", at the end the writing staff for Casper (it's a rather meta episode) spitball ideas for episodes, including "maybe a giant clam tries to swallow Casper!".
18th Jul '16 9:52:26 AM Prinzenick
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* BroughtDownToNormal: In "Not Ghoulty", Casper is tried in a ghost court for unghostly conduct (i.e. saving a baby from a burning building) and the judge removes his ghostly abilities until he scares someone again. This does not work out in Casper's favor, as his newfound friends, unaware of his powers being lost, get mad at him when he keeps screwing up good deeds he was a natural at before (i.e. a shopkeeper asks Casper to phase through a locked door to open it, but Casper can't, so he accidentally smashes through the shop window to unlock it). Fortunately, Casper turns the tables on the other ghosts--[[HorrifyingTheHorror he poses as a Ghost Exterminator and scares the crap of them]], restoring his powers.
15th Jul '16 10:34:42 PM Delibird
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* CanonImmigrant: Casper's uncles and Whendy The Good Little Witch appeared in only one theatrical cartoon each, but they did debut in the comics that were running alongside them. When an attempt by Famous to launch a series of made-for-tv Casper shorts came about in the 60's, they brought them over from the comics as main characters.

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* CanonImmigrant: Casper's uncles and Whendy The Wendy the Good Little Witch appeared in only one theatrical cartoon each, cartoon, but they did debut she became an established character in the comics that were running alongside them. being published at the same time. Likewise, the Ghostly Trio only appeared in a few of the theatricals, and they tended to vary in appearance and even in number (sometimes there were four or more of them), but they quickly evolved within the comics to their familiar likenesses. When an attempt by Famous to launch a series of made-for-tv Casper shorts came about in the 60's, they brought them over from the comics as main characters.



* [[EmbarrassingMiddleName Embarrassing Last Name]]: Casper's last name (yes, he has a last name) is ''[=McFadden=]''. Try saying that without laughing.



* OncePerEpisode: The Famous shorts became increasingly formulaic as time went on. Casper feels lonely, Casper tries to find a friend but everyone runs away from him, Casper finally finds someone who will overlook the fact that he's a ghost and be friends with him usually after he helps them get out of some kind of trouble. The friend is then menaced by a large baddie, at which point Caspar steps in and demands, "You leave my friend alone!" at which point the baddie runs off in fear. All ends well. Rinse and repeat. Famous Studios had a hard time coming up with original ideas for Popeye, too, incidentally. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in an episode of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'':

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* OncePerEpisode: The Famous shorts became increasingly formulaic as time went on. Casper feels lonely, Casper tries to find a friend but everyone runs away from him, Casper finally finds someone who will overlook the fact that he's a ghost and be friends with him usually after he helps them get out of some kind of trouble. The friend is then menaced by a large baddie, at which point Caspar Casper steps in and demands, "You leave my friend alone!" at which point the baddie runs off in fear. All ends well. Rinse and repeat. Famous Studios had a hard time coming up with original ideas for Popeye, too, incidentally. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in an episode of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'':



** In an early theatrical short, Casper calls the other ghost "Cousin Spooky." This relationship was dropped in the comic book series.



* SharedUniverse: Most of the characters of Harvey, including Casper, Hot Stuff and Wendy, live in the same universe. In fact, all the monster characters live in a place called "The Enchanted Forest".

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* SharedUniverse: Most of the characters of Harvey, including Casper, Hot Stuff and Wendy, live in the same universe. In fact, all the monster supernatural characters live in a place called "The Enchanted Forest".
3rd Jun '16 9:23:08 PM IdeaMaster
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* NaughtyIsGood: Spooky
21st May '16 9:46:33 PM erforce
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** A Film/{{Ghostbuster|s}} makes a cameo in the live-action movie.



* ShoutOut: From the 1995 movie: [[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} "Who ya gonna call? Someone else!"]]
21st May '16 9:35:11 PM erforce
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* ShoutOut[=/=]HypocriticalHumor: From the 1995 movie: [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} "Who ya gonna call? Someone else!"]]

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* ShoutOut[=/=]HypocriticalHumor: ShoutOut: From the 1995 movie: [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} [[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} "Who ya gonna call? Someone else!"]]
1st Mar '16 9:42:47 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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Casper's television debut was on the Creator/{{ABC}} AnimatedAnthology series ''Matty's Funday Funnies'', sponsored by Creator/{{Mattel}} Toys. The Casper shorts were syndicated during the 1962/63 season, after which they returned to ABC, accompanied by new supporting segments, in ''The New Casper Cartoon Show''. In 1979, Creator/HannaBarbera produced ''WesternAnimation/CasperAndTheAngels'' for Creator/{{NBC}} Saturday mornings, with the voices of Creator/JulieMcWhirter as Casper and Creator/JohnStephenson as Hairy Scary. Since 1995, Casper has been the star of a Fox AnimatedSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheSpooktacularNewAdventuresOfCasper'', and a series of live-action/CGI films, starting with [[Film/{{Casper}} a feature]]; one of the direct-to-video movies, ''Film/CasperMeetsWendy'', launched the career of Music/HilaryDuff.

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Casper's television debut was on the Creator/{{ABC}} AnimatedAnthology series ''Matty's Funday Funnies'', sponsored by Creator/{{Mattel}} Toys. The Casper shorts were syndicated during the 1962/63 season, after which they returned to ABC, accompanied by new supporting segments, in ''The New Casper Cartoon Show''. In 1979, Creator/HannaBarbera produced ''WesternAnimation/CasperAndTheAngels'' for Creator/{{NBC}} Saturday mornings, with the voices of Creator/JulieMcWhirter as Casper and Creator/JohnStephenson as Hairy Scary. Since 1995, Casper has been the star of a Fox AnimatedSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheSpooktacularNewAdventuresOfCasper'', AnimatedSeries (''WesternAnimation/TheSpooktacularNewAdventuresOfCasper''), an AllCGICartoon (''WesternAnimation/CasperScareSchool: The Series''), and a series of live-action/CGI films, starting films (starting with [[Film/{{Casper}} a feature]]; feature]]); one of the direct-to-video movies, ''Film/CasperMeetsWendy'', launched the career of Music/HilaryDuff.
7th Feb '16 2:45:43 PM nombretomado
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12th Jan '16 5:26:31 AM hullflyer
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** However, there are a handful of shorts in the series where they actually ''did'' try to get away from the formula, with varying degrees of success. One of them had Casper accidentally turning evil and going after the Ghostly Trio.

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** However, there are a handful of shorts in the series where they actually ''did'' try to get away from the formula, with varying degrees of success. One of them had Casper accidentally turning evil and going after the Ghostly Trio.Trio dosing Casper with something to make him more antagonistic (and thus more "ghostly" and interested in scaring people), but it [[GoneHorriblyRight works too well]] and Casper spends most of the short viciously pranking the Ghostly Trio[[note]]The end reveals that it didn't actually work, and Casper was teaching the Trio a lesson[[/note]].
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