The all-new, CG-animated Halloween special Casper’s Scare School premieres on Cartoon Newtork tonight, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. Eastern. Produced by Classic Media and animated by Crest Animation in India, the movie features new songs from The Captain and Tennille, and a voice cast that includes Bob Saget, Jim Belushi, Phyllis Diller and Dan Castellaneta (the voice of Homer Simpson). An encore presentation will air on Monday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.
In Casper’s Scare School, our transparent little hero must learn to start scaring the ‘fleshies’ or suffer the consequences. To get in touch with his spooky side, he enrolls in a special school but soon learns that the two-headed headmaster (Saget and Belushi) has plans to take over the world. Armed with the power of friendliness, Casper must foil the evil plot with some help from Ra, a mummy with unraveling issues, and Martha, a zombie who can’t keep her limbs on. Diller, who lent her voice to the Rankin & Bass classic Mad Monster Party, plays Aunt Spitzy here, while Castellaneta voices the role of Casper’s Uncle Stinky.
The fim is produced by Classic Media’s Evan Baily and Bob Mittenthal, Ralph Guggenheim of Alligator Planet and Sandra Walters of Kapow Pictures. The director is award-winning filmmaker Mark Gravas, creator and director of Nickelodeon’s animated TV series Yakkity Yak (and Walters’ partner in Kapow Pictures). The screenplay was written by Andrew Nicholls and Darrell Vickers from a story by Kirk DeMicco and Mittenthal. Classic Media chairman and CEO Eric Ellenbogen is exec producer.
The project marks the feature-film debut of visual effects studio Guava (www.guavanyc.com). Vfx supervisor Alex Catchpoole completed 20 shots for the movie, adding smoke to several shots, digitally re-lighting several scenes and adding lens distortion and digital broken glass to a telescope shot. The computer-animated film was finished in HD.
It was recently announced that Classic Media has teamed with Moonscoop and India’s DQ Ent. to produce a new 52×11 Casper series, which is set to commence production in February 2007. The animated show will continue the adventures of the classic comic-book and cartoon character created by Seymour Reit and Joe Oriolo in 1945.