Two years after her 2nd getaway as Wednesday in “Addams Household Worths,” Ricci went back to the world of the undead with the 1995 family dream “Caspe movie is among the very first movies to really depend on computer-generated animation in the wake of Steven Spielberg’s 1993 ground-breaker “Jurassic Park,” this time utilizing the new-fangled tech to power its spooky leads rather of just a few savage beasts.
Ricci plays Kat, an awkward teenager who begrudgingly follows her widower father (Costs Pullman) around the nation as he utilizes his paranormal therapist job to mask his objective of one day making contact with his late spouse. When they get a call from a money-grubbing duo hellbent on getting their hands on a hidden treasure inside the haunted Whipstaff Manor, they move in to rid the house of its ghostly visitors. It’s here where Kat befriends Casper (Malachi Pearson), a friendly phantom haunted by his nasty uncles, Stretch (Joe Nipote), Stinkie (Joe Alaskey), and Fatso (Brad Garrett).
“Casper” is one of those early ’90s household comedies that’s unafraid of splicing kids’ humor with something for the adults, too, making film night pleasurable for everyone. Like a spiritual sibling to “Hocus Pocus,” its seasonal small-town aesthetic offers it Sunday-afternoon viewing vibes, and it likewise ends with a huge costumed Halloween celebration. “Casper” gets additional points for consisting of a cameo appearance by Dan Aykroyd’s Ghostbuster, Dr. Ray Stanz, who tries– and fails– to bust Casper’s nasty uncles.