Fridge / Casper

The Film

Fridge Brilliance
  • While watching Casper, I couldn't understand why all the other ghosts (Kat's father and Kerrigan) look like ghostly, cartoonish versions of their living selves, while Casper looks just like the character in the old animated cartoons (complete with four fingers, which he lampshades), but looks nothing like himself when he was alive (his uncles would probably also count since their living selves are never shown). However, by the movie's viewpoint, it all makes sense since according to the film, ghosts slowly lose their memories of their former selves after death. That means as Casper's memories as a living boy eventually faded away, his original face and features also faded away until he looked like a generic ghost.
    • This doesn't quite work out, since Dr. Harvey appears to have lost all his memories (except for a general recollection of the partying) immediately after his death. It's also implied that Casper lost his own memories shortly after dying, or else he would have offered solid proof that his father wasn't crazy for thinking he was still around. Carrigan probably only kept her memories for those few minutes after she died because she was so strong-willed, and because they related to her unfinished business. (She wasn't shown thinking of anything not directly related to the treasure or the Lazarus machine.) Or it might have been her memories where jogged because immediately after becoming a ghost, she saw Dibbs and remembered her unfinished business.
      • Casper could have simply turned into a ghost and look like he did when he was alive for a while. With time, the lack of memories made him lose his original shape.
    • Keep in mind that Carrigan is the only one who died in a non-altered state of mind. Dr. Harvey was drunk when he died, and was acting uninhibited when his ghost appeared. Casper died of pneumonia, one of the symptoms of which is a high fever, which can affect your mental state especially in a time before 95% of modern medicines were discovered and the only thing you could do for a fever was pray it went away.
  • A smaller example. The movie takes place in Maine. Upon reaching the house, Kat mentions that it's a nice place if you're Stephen King. Stephen King grew up in Maine, and it is also where most of his stories take place.
  • At the beginning of the film, we learn that Whipstaff Manor has been condemned. When a property is condemned, that normally means its condition has deteriorated so badly that it's no longer fit to be used, and the only thing left to do is take a shovel to the place and bury it. However, aside from needing new fuses for the fuse-box, Whipstaff is quite liveable as-is...or would be, were it not for three ghosts who are more than a little bit territorial. The house was almost certainly condemned solely to keep people off the property, and thus, away from the Ghostly Trio.
    • Houses are also condemned when they are unable to receive electricity or water service. This is even more brilliant.
  • The fact that Whipstaff had the poem about a "treasure" on the back of the deed. It seems strange for J.T. McFadden to have put a pretend treasure map for his son on the back of the deed to his property, until you realize—the treasure in the poem doesn't refer to Casper's childish treasure, it refers to Casper himself. The name Casper literally means "treasure." He was leaving a clue that his son was still there.
  • A tradition states that people who commit suicide become ghosts. Three of the ghosts in this film became so by killing themselves:
    • Casper says he died from getting sick due to playing in winter, against orders
    • Carrigan dies from falling off a cliff
    • Dr Harvey dies from falling down a manhole.
    • Stinkie, Stretch and Fatso's deaths are not revealed, but it's clear they were crazy enough to do something suicidal.

Fridge Horror
  • When Dr. Harvey becomes a ghost, he presumably leaves his mortal shell behind in the open construction trench where he died. After entering the Lazarus machine, he gets a fresh new body what happened to his old one?
    • It sounds like he took a nasty fall, so probably his old body is completely damaged.
      • I think the original poster was implying that a construction crew is gonna find his old body.
      • Addressed in this fanfic, which is a possible post-credits scene.
    • It actually is worse than that. For at least some of the film, without knowing it, Kat was an orphan. Amelia was dead before the events of the film and Dr. Harvey accidentally killed himself while drunk. Can't blame Kat for crying when Dr. Harvey as a ghost does remember her. Thank God Casper was able to bring Dr. Harvey back to life.