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Film / Casper Meets Wendy

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Casper Meets Wendy is a Direct to Video film released on September 22, 1998. The film is a Broad Strokes sequel to Casper: A Spirited Beginning and the 1995 Casper; this film and A Spirited Beginning were produced by Saban Entertainment and released by 20th Century Fox. This was the first major film for Hilary Duff, who was nearly 11 years old when this film was released.

After drawing the ire of a nefarious warlock named Desmond Spellman (George Hamilton), Wendy the Good Little Witch and her aunts seek sanctuary in a resort in order to stay off the radar. There, Wendy meets Casper the Friendly Ghost, who is vacationing with his quarrelsome uncles. Despite their families' prejudiced warnings, Wendy and Casper become fast friends. Before long, this high-spirited duo decides to team up to take down the bullying warlock.


Tropes in this film include:

  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Near the end of the film, Fatso strokes Casper on the head after his uncles and the witches save him and Wendy.
  • And I Must Scream: What happens if someone is tossed in the Mystic Abyss, which is what Desmond has planned for Wendy. It is a vortex that is magically opened and used to throw victims into which drags them away. After it's closed, very few people can open it again, so a later rescue is out of the question. And it'll work on humans, witches, and ghosts. It's particularly horrific for the ghosts, since a human might be lucky and get bashed in the head, but someone already dead wouldn't have that option.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Desmond. Not only is he a nefarious warlock, he is also quite a wealthy man as evidenced by his huge, glamorous mansion and highly luxurious, almost decadent lifestyle.
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  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: The Ghostly Trio and Wendy's aunts may bully and restrict the kids respectively, but when Casper and Wendy end up in trouble from Desmond and about to be trapped in the Mystic Abyss, they don't hesitate to save them. They're also very sad when they think they lost their niece/nephew.
  • Big Bad: Desmond Spellman
  • Big Damn Heroes: The last people you would expect end up fulfilling this role near the end; The Ghostly Trio of all people, get a turn at being heroes for once.,
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Wendy's aunts
  • Cute Witch: Wendy. Casper even describes her as such.
  • Cycle of Revenge: Discussed. Desmond wanted to kill Wendy to prevent her from becoming more powerful than him as predicted at a prophecy and, to make sure nobody would try to avenge her, he intended to kill her family.
  • Disney Villain Death: Of sorts. A monster (revealed to be the Ghostly Trio) pops up and scares Desmond, causing him to fall into the Mystic Abyss himself.
  • Extreme Doormat: Casper.
  • Evil Is Petty: Desmond wants to get rid of Wendy for two reasons that are really quite simple, one: because she is greater than him and two: because of a prophecy that will see an alliance between ghosts and witches.
  • Fantastic Racism: Witches, like all the living, don't like ghosts. And ghosts don't like witches because "they're fleshies with powers."
  • Flying Broomstick: The witches have them. Wendy's seems to be sentient.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Wendy
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Desmond ends up falling into the very abyss he planned to send Wendy to.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Just about every character gets involved in at least one pun.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Casper the ghost and Wendy the witch.
  • Interspecies Romance: Casper and Wendy try to invoke this with their uncles and aunts.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifter:
    • A rude lady at the resort is transformed into a goat so that the witches can take her reservation.
    • Josh accidentally turns himself and his friend into horses by dropping Wendy's wand.
  • Jerkass: The boy, Josh, seems to briefly be semi-nice and cute during Wendy's first meeting with him. By the second, he's shown his true colors as a huge self-centered jerk. He even briefly steals Wendy's wand and tries to destroy it because she wouldn't go on a date with him.
  • Magic Mirror: Desmond owns one.
  • Magic Wand: Seems to be needed for any major acts of magic from the witches (especially Wendy), but they can't risk using their wands while in hiding.
  • Meaningful Name: Someone named "Spellman" is a man with magic. Who would have guessed?
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Casper, as usual, and Wendy, both of whom are pretty friendly and compassionate beings unlike many other ghosts and witches. Naturally, neither the Ghostly trio nor Wendy's aunts are too fond of them as a result, as they are more than happy acting as malevolent beings who delight in terrorizing humans.
  • Nice Guy: Both Casper and Wendy are really nice. And that's why their respective relatives have so many issues with them.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Lampshaded by Casper when he goes to scare Josh and his friend to get Wendy's wand back.
    Casper: Normally it's against my policy to scare people, but this is an emergency.
  • Poor Communication Kills
  • Portal Door: How the Mystic Abyss seems to function. It can be opened or closed anywhere with magic, exposing a swirling vortex of power.
  • Prophecies Rhyme All the Time: The Oracle of the Mirror makes a prophecy about Wendy ended up greater than Desmond and since it speaks in rhymes anyway...
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Casper is the blue to Wendy's red.
  • Reluctant Monster: Casper and Wendy are friendly, polite and kind toward human beings, much to the ire of their respective families, who instead happily act like nasty jackasses that are hostile toward mankind just For the Evulz.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Seems to be a requirement for most spells.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Much of the plot is driven because Desmond was told by the Oracle that Wendy will one day surpass him, and attempts to dispose Wendy to prevent her from becoming more powerful than him. Ironically it is his attempts to avert the prophecy that end up fulfilling it, as he ends up imprisoning himself in the Mystic Abyss that he intended to trap Wendy in; thus making her the most powerful witch of all.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The first few minutes involve the Ghostly Trio disguising themselves as a flying saucer that communicated with music. Sound familiar?
    • There's also a little girl who says "They're back".
    • One of Wendy's aunts makes a joke about being the original Spice Girl before quickly making a pun about Madonna.
    • Is Desmond Spellman related to Sabrina Spellman?.
  • Terrible Trio: Two sets of them. The Ghostly Trio and Wendy's aunts.
  • Toilet Humour: The Ghostly Trio flush Casper down the toilet at one point.
  • Undignified Death: In the film's climax, the Ghostly Trio scare Desmond by pretending to be a big, three-eyed monster. Desmond, a warlock mind you, can do nothing but obnoxiously scream the word "no" several times while pathetically backing away from the creature until he trips and falls into the Mystic Abyss. Even while falling through the vortex he still keeps saying "no"!


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