Thursday, 17 February 2011

A-Z #38: Casper

You can pick up hundreds of DVD's for a round-pound each - it doesn't matter. Its never about quantity, its about quality. A-Z is my way of going through my collection, from A-Z, and understanding why I own the films ... or you can tell me why I should sell 'em

#38 - Casper 

Why did I buy it?

Ha ha! Of course I bought it. On a family trip to Ireland I watched this with young-bruv, Bangor/Bath-Rep, Graham alongside my cousins Brian and Connor. I had a great time and, because of the summer release, they marketed the hell out of it. Stickers were everywhere - McDonald's had their special toys and as a child I had a whole bunch of these things. I then bought it on video - one of about ten videos I ever owned (Nb. One video was Jurassic Park, one video was The Making of Jurassic Park, one video was The Making of Michael Jacksons 'Thriller' and... many more which we will come to in due course...) - and, though I watched it a fair few times as a kid, I was never sure if I only truly bought it on video because the Universal logo matched up with the other Universal logo's on Jurassic Park and The Little Rascals (My Sisters video...)

Why do I still own it?
Since I bought it on DVD, I have watched it and I do think it stands up. Bill Pullman is in there as Christina Ricci's Dad - who are both in mourning the loss of Ricci's Mum/Pullmans Wife. Eric Idle is randomly in the film as some strange side-kick to a husky-sounding woman whilst the music has a very memorable refrain. This is an example of one of those films that go right back to my young childhood and, as Casper turned out to be the blonde, white kid who wears white shirts ... I think I kinda thought I was little like him, except that instead of being a ghost, I was human and wore my white shirts to the school disco.
Is all this childhood-connection a lame-ass memory I should shift? Should I sell it the not-so-spooky film?

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  1. My friend is having the Casper theme song as his first dance at his wedding.Yes...honestly!

  2. That is nuts. But an idea nevertheless...


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