Casper the Friendly Ghost

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  • 1952
  • 1 Season

Casper the Friendly Ghost is an animated cartoon series based on the concept and illustrations of creators Seymour Reit and Joe Oriolo. The character was created in the late 30s for a children's storybook that generated very little attention. The animation division of Paramount Pictures' Famous Studios purchased the rights to the book from Oriolo, and the cartoon TV series premiered in 1950. Physically Casper, the central character, changed a bit, as he was no longer as pudgy as he was in early illustrations. The premise remained consistent from earlier books. Casper is a nonconforming ghost-child who prefers to be personable and friendly with people rather than scare them. He enters the world seeking friends unlike other ghosts who only wish to haunt people. Sadly, because he's a ghost, Casper has a hard time making friends since he frightens people and animals. He inadvertently scares away those he wishes to befriend but ultimately finds a way to win them over by protecting or saving them from something bad. Early episodes of the cartoon series are often remembered for their catchy theme song composed by Jerry Livingston and Mack David. However, by 1955, an instrumental version of the theme song, composed by Winston Sharples, was used. Casper had become the hottest commodity of Famous Studios thanks to the success of the animated series, films, and a comic book published by Harvey Comics. Eventually, founder Alfred Harvey purchased all rights to Casper and other properties of Famous Studios like Baby Huey, Little Audrey, and Herman and Katnip. These cartoon series continued to run in reruns through the next several decades, first on the ABC Network, and later in syndication. There have been newer adaptations of Casper in all mediums - comic books, movies, and animated TV series - but the original Casper The Friendly Ghost series is typically the best-remembered thanks to reruns.

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Seasons
Boo Scout / Which Is Witch
13. Boo Scout / Which Is Witch
July 27, 1951
Casper wants to be Boy Scout, so he and Billy go hiking in the woods…/ Casper has a beach date with Wendy which the Spooks try to spoil.
Casper’s Birthday Party / Wandering Ghost
12. Casper’s Birthday Party / Wandering Ghost
July 31, 1959
Casper searches for friends to invite to his party/…Casper helps Ulysses find his way home
To Boo or Not To Boo / Weather Or Not
11. To Boo or Not To Boo / Weather Or Not
June 8, 1951
Casper tries to fit in at a Halloween dance…/ Casper helps groundhog retrieve his show.
Ice Scream.../ Bedtime Troubles
10. Ice Scream.../ Bedtime Troubles
August 30, 1957
Casper helps Billy learn to ice-skate.../Casper and Mr Sandman help an insomniac bear sleep.
Peekaboo.../ Twin Trouble
9. Peekaboo.../ Twin Trouble
May 24, 1957
A kitten abuses Casper's protection by taunting a dog.../ The three witches make nasty Casper and Wendy doubles herself.
Heir Restorer / Line Of Screamage
8. Heir Restorer / Line Of Screamage
January 24, 1958
Casper helps castle ghost find inheritor on his visit to England.../ Casper helps a little guy win a football game.
North Pal / Lonesome Giant
7. North Pal / Lonesome Giant
May 29, 1953
Casper plays games with a baby seal in the arctic.../ Casper helps lonely giant find some animal friends.
Pig A Boo / Growing Up
6. Pig A Boo / Growing Up
September 12, 1952
Casper saves the 3 little pigs from the wolf.../Ghostly Trio gives Casper a potion which makes him larger,helps find antidote.
Cage Fright / Mothergoose Land
5. Cage Fright / Mothergoose Land
August 8, 1952
Casper befriends a baby elephant lured from the zoo.../Wendy helps Casper undo the Trio's mischief here.
Ghost Of The Town / Super Spook
4. Ghost Of The Town / Super Spook
April 11, 1952
Casper Saves A baby from a burning building and the other ghosts try to scare his fans... /A big friendly ghost teaches Casper to stand up to the Trio.
Spunky Skunky / Bored Billionaire
3. Spunky Skunky / Bored Billionaire
January 1, 1950
Casper befriends a skunk by pretending to only be painted white.../Casper rescue thrill seeking billionaire captured by witch.
Professor’s Problem / Little Lost Ghost
2. Professor’s Problem / Little Lost Ghost
January 1, 1963
Casper helps professor take his rocket into space…/ Casper helps a lost ghost find his mother.
Deep Boo Sea/ The Witching Hour
1. Deep Boo Sea/ The Witching Hour
February 15, 1952
Casper plays pirates with a young boy and rescues his brothers from whales.../ A witch hexes Wendy so all her furniture runs away.
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Casper the Friendly Ghost is an animated cartoon series based on the concept and illustrations of creators Seymour Reit and Joe Oriolo. The character was created in the late 30s for a children's storybook that generated very little attention. The animation division of Paramount Pictures' Famous Studios purchased the rights to the book from Oriolo, and the cartoon TV series premiered in 1950.

Physically Casper, the central character, changed a bit, as he was no longer as pudgy as he was in early illustrations. The premise remained consistent from earlier books. Casper is a nonconforming ghost-child who prefers to be personable and friendly with people rather than scare them. He enters the world seeking friends unlike other ghosts who only wish to haunt people. Sadly, because he's a ghost, Casper has a hard time making friends since he frightens people and animals. He inadvertently scares away those he wishes to befriend but ultimately finds a way to win them over by protecting or saving them from something bad.

Early episodes of the cartoon series are often remembered for their catchy theme song composed by Jerry Livingston and Mack David. However, by 1955, an instrumental version of the theme song, composed by Winston Sharples, was used.

Casper had become the hottest commodity of Famous Studios thanks to the success of the animated series, films, and a comic book published by Harvey Comics. Eventually, founder Alfred Harvey purchased all rights to Casper and other properties of Famous Studios like Baby Huey, Little Audrey, and Herman and Katnip. These cartoon series continued to run in reruns through the next several decades, first on the ABC Network, and later in syndication. There have been newer adaptations of Casper in all mediums - comic books, movies, and animated TV series - but the original Casper The Friendly Ghost series is typically the best-remembered thanks to reruns.

Casper the Friendly Ghost is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on February 15, 1952.

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Casper the Friendly Ghost is available for streaming on the Classic Media website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Casper the Friendly Ghost on demand at , Viki and Tubi TV.

  • Premiere Date
    February 15, 1952