Casper Meets Wendy
Casper Meets Wendy is a 1998 direct-to-video fantasy family comedy film based on the Harvey Comics cartoon characters Casper the Friendly Ghost and Wendy the Good Little Witch. The film is a sequel to Casper: A Spirited Beginning while it being the second prequel/spin-offs to the 1995 film Casper. Haim Saban, best known for creating the Power Rangers, serves as an executive producer for this movie, and his production company, Saban Entertainment, was also involved. This was the first major film for Hilary Duff, who was nearly 11 years old when the film was released on September 22, 1998. It then aired on October 27, 1998, four days before Halloween, on Fox Family.
|Casper Meets Wendy|
|Directed by||Sean McNamara|
|Produced by||Mike Elliott|
|Written by||Jymn Magon|
|Based on||Casper the Friendly Ghost|
by Seymour Reit
Wendy the Good Little Witch
by Steve Mufatti (artist)
|Music by||Udi Harpaz|
|Edited by||John Gilbert|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox Home Entertainment|
A mysterious "spaceship" floats over a baseball game eventually revealing Fatso, Stinky and Stretch, The Ghostly Trio, who cause panic in the ballpark. Their nephew Casper, a shy, friendly ghost attempts to settle the agitated crowd, but are just as scared of him. The park empties, and Casper's uncles plan a vacation.
Meanwhile, an malefic warlock named Desmond Spellman who believes himself the greatest warlock to have existed gets an unwelcome messaged by the Oracle in the Mirror who tells him that in the future, a child Wendy the Good Little Witch will surpass him in being the greatest witch ever. In response, Desmond plans to get rid of her with the advised "Mystic Abyss". He creates two henchmen: Jules and Vincent, and assigns them to bring Wendy to him where she is living in the country with her three witch aunts Gert, Gabby and Fanny.
Jules and Vincent arrive to abduct Wendy, who narrowly escapes with her aunts. To keep Wendy safe from Desmond her aunts hide and vacation at a resort hotel which happens to be the same place in which Casper and his uncles are vacationing.
Casper and Wendy meet in a barn and, due to their nice personalities and having been bossed around by their respective relatives, they become great friends. Unfortunately, her aunts and his uncles might not get along because ghosts and witches are natural enemies. However, they are certain they'd get along if they only got to know each other. Casper tricks the Ghostly Trio to break the record for possession so that he can learn how to do it, and they possess three men at the party. Wendy convinces her aunts to go to the party to meet men. Thanks to the two working together, they meet and soon the Trio are flirting with the three witches, posing as regular women.
Though everything goes well at first, with the ghosts and witches unwittingly enjoying each other's company and finding that they have a lot in common the plan is spoiled when the possession wears off and the ghosts' real selves are revealed to Wendy's aunts who revealed their real selves as well and threaten them with magic. However, as Wendy explains to Casper, she and her aunts cannot use magic powerful enough to affect ghosts or else Desmond will be able to track them down. She begs Casper not to tell anyone about this. Unfortunately, when the Trio suspects Casper is protecting the witches, they pressure Casper into blurting out that the witches cannot use their powers, prompting the Trio to attack Wendy and her aunts. Wendy feels she has no choice but to cast a high-level spell on them, covering them in plaster, thus alerting Desmond's magic tracker.
Distraught that Casper broke his promise, Wendy ends their friendship. After trying to escape the resort the witches are then found by Desmond and his henchmen. After confronting the witches Desmond explains the Oracle's prediction and, after trying to resist him, Desmond casts Wendy into the Mystic Abyss to destroy her but Casper dives in to save her. Her aunts try to fight Desmond but are not powerful enough. Yet before Desmond can turn the witches into fertilizer a giant three-eyed monster pops up and frightens the evil warlock turning the tables and along with Wendy's broom pushing him causes him to fall into the Abyss himself. The monster turns out to be the Ghostly Trio who combined their powers to defeat him. While they hold the door to the Abyss open Wendy's aunts pull her and Casper out. Now saved, the two reconcile their friendship. The Oracle proclaims that Wendy is the greatest witch because she did something no other witch ever could; She befriended a ghost. Casper, his uncles, Wendy, and her aunts all bid each other goodbye, and Casper and Wendy assure each other they will meet again soon. Before flying back home with her aunts, Wendy gives Casper a goodbye kiss and his face blushes bright red.
- Hilary Duff as Wendy the Good Little Witch
- Cathy Moriarty as Gert
- Shelley Duvall as Gabby
- Teri Garr as Fanny
- George Hamilton as Desmond Spellman
- Richard Moll as Jules
- Vincent Schiavelli as Vincent
- Pauly Shore as The Oracle
- Blake Foster as Josh Jackman
- Logan Robbins as Logan
- Michael McDonald as Spike-Stretch
- Travis McKenna as Phil-Fatso
- Patrick Richwood as Vinne-Stinky
- Rodger Halston as Larry Tullby
- Alan Thicke as Baseball Announcer
- Casper Van Dien as Crewcut Hunk
- Billy Burnette as Chef
- Maria Ford as Playmate (Fanny)
- Jim Jackman as Jerry Jackman
- Sheila Travis as Jean Jackman
- Clay Crosby as Honeycakes
- Tamie Lea Logan as Squeekums (Credited as Tami Logan)
- Ramsey Krull as Newsboy
- Paul Di Franco as Spectator (Credited as Paul di Franco)
- Howie Gold as Agitated Fan
- Charles Moore as Amazed Fan
- Emily Jennifer Grunfeld as Pretty Fan
- Manny Fernandez as Handsome Fan
- Michael Spagnoli as Panicked Fan
- Jim Wise as Hungry Fan
- Ricky Luna as Catcher
- John Rizzi as Cubana Boy
- Sebastian Hitzig as Desk Clerk
- Patricia Elliott as Snotty Woman (Credited as Pat Elliot)
- Sue Ellen Enright as Maid
- Cecile Krevoy as Snooty Lady
- Rodman Flender as Agile Dancer
- Michelle Marie as Rockin' Dancer
- Lisa Salazar as Smart Dancer
- Elizabeth Gage as Swift Dancer
- Karen Welch as Spinning Dancer
- Rick Dean as Table Occupant
- Lacey Taylor Robbins as Kim
- Larry Robbins as Boogie-Lovin' Dude
In the original airing and VHS release of the film, the Casper theme can be heard in the opening sequence performed by Shana Halligan. In the subsequent DVD releases the lyric is muted though the melody and sound effects remain intact. However, Halligan is still credited with performing the theme song.
Awards and nominations
Casper Meets Wendy won the Children’s Programming - Electronic Visual Effects award. Hilary Duff was nominated for a Young Artist Award.
- "Shana Halligan - Casper the Friendly Ghost (with lyric)". You Tube. Retrieved 2 March 2018.