YMMV / Casper

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The particularly odd scene where the Ghostly Trio goes inside Dr. Harvey and changes him into Clint Eastwood, Rodney Dangerfield, Mel Gibson, and the Crypt Keeper. It is never mentioned again throughout the rest of the film, nor do the trio ever use their apparent morphing-abilities again.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
  • Evil Is Sexy: Carrigan being played by Cathy Moriarty. She's just as sexy as a ghost.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Memetic Molester: Casper. "Can I keep you?"
  • Memetic Mutation: Ray Stantz's cameo line "Who you gonna call?...Someone else." has become a very popular phrase for dissing the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • In the first film, when the Ghostly Trio nearly cross this when they briefly consider murdering Dr Harvey in order to make him a ghost for them to hang out with. They don't go through with it, but they were seconds away from carrying it out.
    • Carrigan crosses this when she and Dibs steal the serum that can return them to life if they're killed, then tries to kill Dibs so he can steal the treasure from the vault as a ghost. She attempts this first with an axe, then with her Range Rover. Her attempts to kill him both fail and she ends up dying instead, but the fact that she was willing to kill him just to get rich counts. She crosses it further when she presumably kills him later by tossing him out of a window when he refuses to bring her back to life.
    • In A Spirited Beginning, Brock locking Chris in the mansion and his complete Lack of Empathy when he's told that the bomb planted inside the mansion could have killed Chris. Really, he and one of his lackeys (the other having made a Heel–Face Turn) deserved far more than having them hung on a tree by their underwear.
      • Also in A Spirited Beginning, when Chris introduces his dad to Casper but he doesn't show up (having been kidnapped by his uncles), Chris's dad demonstrates, in one scene, that he is one of the biggest douchebags of a dad for any character in a kids' movie of the 90's. It can also give the idea that this scene traumatized several kids due to how douchy Chris's dad acted in this scene.
      • Basically explain, when Chris's dad gets angry over his son still being a kid (despite the fact Chris is probably thirteen) and proceeds to take down everything in Chris's room as a means to punish him.
  • Narm: Carrigan constantly being called a bitch. It's just so out-of-place in a kid's movie and, worse, it always calls attention to itself.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Ghostly Trio's first impression can be terrifying. Double for the way they scared Dr. Harvey.
    • For some, Casper whispering "Can I keep you?" to Kat while she sleeps.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The SNES/Famicom game is actually pretty fun and creative, playing like a modified version of "A Boy and his Blob". Casper takes various forms to escort Kat through his house down to the Lazarus Machine, fighting off his uncles and Carrie along the way. Only problem is that it came out at the end of the SNES lifespan, so cartridges are rare and super-expensive.
  • Special Effects Failure: Accounted for in the sequels, where the ghosts have robotic movements, are animated choppily and face-plant smack in the middle of the Uncanny Valley.
    • In the first film, when the Ghostly Trio eat. The food they shove into their mouths are just as animated as they are.
    • The scene where Father Guido Sarducci has his head twisted around hasn't aged well.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Casper telling Kat the story of how he died. Ghosts gradually lose their memories of their lives, so it's particularly sad that Casper, who may have been dead for quite a long time, once again recalls his final days as a human so vividly. It becomes a even bigger Tear Jerker when Casper comes to the end of his story, explaining that his unresolved business was looking after his father, who passed on peacefully, leaving Casper in the human world for all eternity.
      Kat: What's it like to die?
      Casper: (after a pause) Like... being born. Only backwards. I remember, I didn't go where I was supposed to go. I just stayed behind, so my dad wouldn't be lonely.
    • James and his quest to reunite with his deceased wife's spirit. He does his best to be a good father for Kat's sake, but Amelia's death left him so broken that he's been dragging his daughter all over the country just for the chance to see his wife again.
    • James and Amelia's brief reunion at the end, accompanied by James Horner's beautiful and tear-jerking "One Last Wish".
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Some people hold this reaction towards the film, feeling that it could've been much better if it had cut out all of the other sub-plots and focused solely on the relationship between Casper and Kat, with Dr. Harvey's interactions with the Ghostly Trio being the main source of comic relief.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Say what you will about the rest of the film, but even after twenty years of technological development, the computer animated ghosts are still very convincing. It helps that animated ghosts are very well-suited to the CGI capabilities of 1995; they float in the air, they don't have shadows, they don't have reflections, etc.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: When we finally see Casper as a living boy, he's dressed like a bishounen pirate.
    • He had previously mentioned playing pirates with his father in the lab. Could have been his old costume.