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Casper
(1995)
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1995 MCA
2020 La-La Land
Album 2 Cover Art
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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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
MCA Records
(May 21st, 1995)

La-La Land Records
(August 4th, 2020)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1995 MCA album was a regular U.S. release. The 2020 La-La Land album is limited to 3,000 copies and available initially for $30 through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you seek one of James Horner's most charmingly heartbreaking lullabies for loss and loneliness, 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 a remainder of the work that supplies merely average comedy action and fluffy children's suspense writing common to both the careers of Horner and Danny Elfman.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #140
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 4/25/21
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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 1995's 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 roughly a hundred years prior. The comedy provided by Casper's three mischievous uncles is balanced by the sorrow of Casper's desire 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. Among the highlights of Casper are four or five truly notable cameo appearances by famous actors, including a reportedly official extension of the cannon for the Ghostbusters concept in one extermination scene involving Dan Aykroyd. The career of composer James Horner experienced a renaissance in the year's time between late 1994 and 1995, and it was during this period that the composer largely 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 off to 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 their more orchestrally robust structures can be traced back to The Land Before Time in 1988. The same is true of Casper, though perhaps this work will be better remembered as the inspiration for The Spiderwick Chronicles a dozen years later rather than for its own connections to previous Horner scores.


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2,576 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.56 Stars
***** 685 5 Stars
**** 757 4 Stars
*** 659 3 Stars
** 286 2 Stars
* 189 1 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
Audio Samples   ▼
1995 MCA Album Tracks   ▼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)
2020 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 149:21

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1995 MCA album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2020 La-La Land album contains extensive notes about both.
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