The New Casper Cartoon Show

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The New Casper Cartoon Show
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Premiere October 5, 1963
Finale March 28, 1964
Creator Joe Oriolo & Seymour Reit (Casper character)
Network/Provider ABC
Style 30 minute cartoon
Company Paramount Cartoon Studios,
Harvey Entertainment
Seasons 1
Episodes 26
Origin USA

The New Casper Cartoon Show was an animated fantasy that aired on ABC. It was a television revival of the Casper the Friendly Ghost theatrical cartoons produced from 1944 to 1957 by the Paramount-Famous Studios unit in New York. It was renamed Paramount Cartoon Studios and produced this series.

Casper's adventures were more of a fantasy nature, distilled directly from comic book stories, and didn't fall back on the theatrical shorts' formula of people being scared of him when he tried to make friends. His supporting cast consisted of the Ghostly Trio (his uncles), Wendy the Good Little Witch, his cousin Spooky, and his flying horse Nightmare.

Two Casper cartoons were shown, with the middle feature a screening of Paramount's theatrical series Modern Madcaps, seen the previous season on Paul Winchell's Cartoonies. These cartoons mainly featured one-shot characters, although a few animated stars had more than one short such as Ralph and Percy (renamed Shorty and Swifty later), Jeepers and Creepers, Goodie the Gremlin, and Abner the Baseball (actually appeared in a two-reeler split up into two parts. Abner was--according to the Eddie Lawrence comedy record from where the soundtrack for the cartoon is used--the baseball that Mickey Mantle hit to set a record for farthest a ball has traveled for a home run, and as such was enshrined at the Baseball Hall of Fame).

The New Casper Cartoon Show ran one season of first run and continued on ABC to the end of the 1969-70 season. It went into syndication afterwards, with the individual cartoons receiving new front-and-end title sequences and airing in any order chosen by the local stations that picked up the cartoons. Casper appeared three more times in animation, on Hanna-Barbera's Casper and the Angels (1979), Universal Cartoon Studio's The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper (1996), based on the Christina Ricci movie, and in 2009 on Cartoon Network's Casper's Scare School.

DreamWorks Classics, which now owns the Harvey Comics properties (including Casper), is the show's distributor.

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Ginny Tyler Casper 1
Wendy 1
Bradley Bolke The Ghostly Trio 1
Jack Mercer various characters 1
Syd Raymond 1
Allen Swift 1
Eddie Lawrence 1

Seasons

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