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Laramie Movie Scope: Casper

A whimsical romp in a haunted house

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
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May 29, 1995 -- ``Casper'' reminds me of ``Who Framed Roger Rabbit'' because it is full of technical marvels. The computer animation sequences with the ghosts are great, but there's also a nice story to go with it.

Bill Pullman (``While You Were Sleeping'') and Christina Ricci (who played Wednesday in ``The Aadams Family'') work well together as a father and daughter trying to cope with the loss of Pullman's wife.

Pullman plays a kind of ghost psychiatrist who is hired to get some pesky ghosts out of a house, while Ricci becomes best friends with Casper the ghost. Cathy Moriarty and Eric Idle play a couple of comic book-style villains after hidden gold in the house.

The house also holds a secret that could make Casper mortal again. The main thrust of the story, however, is a surprisingly touching love story between Casper and Ricci and between Pullman and his wife. The ending was a little disappointing. It seemed to be a set up for a sequel, but it's a good family movie. It rates a B.

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