The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper
was an Animated Series
that ran from 1994 to 1995, created by Fox
as a modern update of Casper the Friendly Ghost
. It was a Sequel Series
to the earlier Casper feature film
.The Spooktacular New Adventures
focused on the mishaps of Casper as he haunted Whipstaff Manor with his uncles, The Ghostly Trio of Stretch, Stinky and Fatso; attended the local Ghost School alongside Spooky and "Poil" (Pearl), and shared his home with two living humans; ghost psychologist Dr. Harvey and his young daughter Kat.
The series followed a Three Shorts
format, where two longer stories would be separated by a shorter comedic oneshot, often a musical or focusing on secondary characters.
This series features examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Casper's three uncles would treat him terribly.
- American Accents: "Poil" speaks with a very heavy one; her name is actually her accented pronounciation of "Pearl".
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: After watching several episodes, you can tell that the makers really don't care about this supposed Fourth Wall.
- Continuity Snarl: Despite the few nods to the movie, there are many things that don't fit.
- Kat's loss of interest in boys. She seemed pretty excited about the thought of a date in the movie, but in the cartoons, she agrees with her dad that she's too young. However, this could have been because of what Vic did in the movie.
- Kat and Casper's relationship seems more snarky than it was in the movie.
- Everything about the Halloween episode. Not only has everyone at school seemingly forgotten about the incident in the movie (most noticeably Amber, who claims there's no such thing as ghosts despite having seen three herself), but the Trio claim that they can't scare on Halloween because of union rules. Yet they scared Vic and Amber on Halloween in the movie.
- Enemy Mine: They're not your typical enemies, but in the episode "Don't Bank On It", Casper and the Ghostly Trio team up in order to scare an evil banker who was going to repossess Whipstaff.
- Gasshole: Stinky, of course.
- Fartillery: Not literally so, but Stinky's putrid stenches, often delivered by loud belches, were his main tactic for frightening others.
- Genius Ditz: Poil isn't very bright, but can display surprising moments — one episode has her claim the "Best Scarer" prize because she paid attention to the earlier lecture that a "spooker must uncover the deepest fears of the one they wish to spook".
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Rob Paulsen as Spooky
- Lustful Melt: Casper experiences this in "Poil Jammed", as a result of Poil flirting with him.
- Meaningful Name: The Ghostly Trio. Fatso is a Big Eater and the biggest of the ghosts, Stretch is an expert shapeshifter, and Stinky smells awful.
- Mythology Gag: Literally; ghosts were portrayed in this series as having great difficulty in escaping from a vacuum cleaner, a reference to a scene from the movie.
- In one episode, the Ghostly Trio plot to murder Kat and Dr. Harvey after they [the ghosts] prove unable to scare them out, telling Casper it's "what they should have done in the movie".
- In one episode, the Ghostly Trio would be turned into angels for not having unfinished business. They were allowed to remain as ghosts when Casper told the ghost judge (who was scared of Casper's friendliness) they had yet to teach him to be scary instead of friendly.
- Casper sometimes takes the form of his Harveytoons incarnation, which invariably freaks out whoever sees him; even Kat, who is quite indifferent to ghosts usually, takes one look at him and runs away screaming when he assumes this form.
- No Fourth Wall: Several episodes have characters acknowledging they're in a cartoon.
- Recycled: The Series
- Role Reprisal: Joe Nipote, Joe Alaskey and Brad Garrett would reprise their roles of Stretch, Stinky and Fatso, though Brad would later be replaced by Jess Harnell.
- Shout-Out: Par for the course in a 90s cartoon. Lampshaded like crazy, too.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Spooky
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The Ghostly Trio gained increasing prominence during the show's run, even over Casper.