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Casper
(1995)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie
Don Davis
Art Kempel

Co-Produced by:
Shawn Murphy
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
MCA Records
(May 21st, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek one of James Horner's most charmingly heart-breaking lullabies, performed by solo piano, choir, and full ensemble over the course of twenty gorgeous minutes in Casper.

Avoid it... if the presence of the lullaby cannot compensate for 45 remaining minutes of merely average comedy action and fluffy suspense writing common to both the careers of Horner and Danny Elfman.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #139
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 2/2/08
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Casper: (James Horner) Extraordinarily sappy in its dramatization of the story of Casper the Friendly Ghost, the Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios production of Casper was a pleasant if not somewhat mindless exhibition for the talents of Industrial Light & Magic. A supernatural psychiatrist and his daughter inhabit a haunted mansion in Maine by the employment of a wicked woman who inherited the mansion and wants its mostly not-so-friendly ghosts exorcized. In the process of getting to know the ghosts of the mansion, the psychiatrist's daughter befriends Casper, who was a boy about her age when he died about a hundred years prior. The comedy provided by Casper's three mischievous uncles is balanced by the sorrow of Casper's wish to be a boy again, and with the help of the ghost of the girl's own dead mother, the boy's wish is granted for a short time. The career of composer James Horner experienced a renaissance in the year's time between late 1994 and 1995, and it was during this time that the composer would bid farewell to the children's film genre for more than a dozen years. Because of the overwhelming popularity of Horner's work for Legends of the Fall, Braveheart, Apollo13, all released within six months of Casper, this score (as well as Balto) has floated away into relative obscurity. Horner was regarded as a leading veteran of the children's genre at the time, scoring most of Spielberg's animated and live action productions that were meant to compete with Disney in the early 1990's. Significant connections exist throughout many of these scores, and most of the more orchestrally robust structures can be traced back to The Land Before Time in 1988. The same can be said of Casper, though perhaps this work will be better remembered as the inspiration for The Spiderwick Chronicles in 2007/2008 rather than its own connections to previous Horner scores.



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2,522 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.63 Stars
***** 732 5 Stars
**** 755 4 Stars
*** 599 3 Stars
** 254 2 Stars
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Casper deserves to get 5 stars   Expand >>
S.Venkatnarayanan - April 10, 2008, at 8:19 p.m.
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still underrated
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 73:15
• 1. "No Sign of Ghosts" (7:31)
• 2. Carrigan & Dibs (2:40)
• 3. Strangers in the House (2:36)
• 4. First Haunting/The Swordfight (5:01)
• 5. March of the Exorcists (2:45)
• 6. The Lighthouse - Casper and Kat (4:57)
• 7. Casper Makes Breakfast (3:42)
• 8. Fond Memories (3:39)
• 9. 'Dying' to Be a Ghost (7:02)
• 10. Casper's Lullaby (5:40)
• 11. Descent to Lazarus (10:20)
• 12. One Last Wish (4:19)
• 13. "Remember Me This Way" - performed by Jordan Hill (4:28)
• 14. "Casper the Friendly Ghost" - performed by Little Richard (2:11)
• 15. The Uncles Swing/End Credits (6:21)

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