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Ghost of the Town (1952)

In this pun-title cartoon (from Toast of the Town) Casper, the friendly ghost, is banished from Ghost Town/Heaven/Territory, because he refuses to frighten living people. He saves a baby ... See full summary »

Director:

Izzy Sparber (as I. Sparber)

Writer:

Isadore Klein (story) (as I. Klein)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Jackson Beck Jackson Beck ... Ghost Aircraft Leader / Walter Winchell / Mayor (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ... Ghosts / Kids (voice) (uncredited)
Mae Questel ... Baby (voice) (uncredited)
Alan Shay Alan Shay ... Casper (voice) (uncredited)
Ed Sullivan ... Himself (voice) (uncredited)
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In this pun-title cartoon (from Toast of the Town) Casper, the friendly ghost, is banished from Ghost Town/Heaven/Territory, because he refuses to frighten living people. He saves a baby from a burning building and is acclaimed a hero and is appearing on a television show. His fellow ghosts see the program and are afraid he will ruin the ghost business, and fly to the television studio. However, Casper tells the audience that the ghosts are there to entertain them, and the people laugh. The mayor gives Casper a skeleton-key to the city. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1952 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Famous Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Ed Sullivan provided his own voice for his appearance in this cartoon. See more »

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Featured in Casper and Wendy's Ghostly Adventures (2002) See more »

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Very cute and nicely done
31 October 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Famous Studios' cartoons are not for all tastes, but my opinion is that their early stuff and some of the early 50s output are good. While they were very formulaic they were always well animated and voiced with some funny parts, some poignancy and decent characters and their regular composer Winston Sharples could always be relied on to write a great and often outstanding score.

Admittedly though, by the mid-50s through to the late-60s Famous Studios' cartoons did get repetitive. While Sharples' music still shone and the voice actors did their best the animation suffered due to lower budgets and tighter deadlines, the humour became more tired and slow in timing than sharp and funny, the stories became increasingly predictable and rehashed and some characters started losing their initial spark, this is particularly true of most of the later Herman and Katnip cartoons.

'Ghost of the Town' is one of the cuter Casper the Friendly Ghost cartoons, and one of his better 50s outings overall. Certainly nowhere near among the worst of Famous Studios' output, being closer to the quality of their early cartoons while showing a couple of signs of what would happen later. Structurally, in terms of story and dialogue, there is nothing new so there is a more of the same feel (as ever though did appreciate the swift but gentle tone of the story), and the dialogue is a little twee and forgettable.

On the other hand, the animation in 'Ghost of the Town' is beautifully done, thankfully being closer to the very fluid and detailed animation style of the early output rather than the sparser and flatter style of the studio's later cartoons. The colours are vibrant and atmospheric, everything looks smooth and the backgrounds are meticulous in their detail. Winston Sharples' music score here is typically merry and whimsical, it's beautifully orchestrated, energetic and adds so much to the mood, his music has always been one of the best assets of the Famous Studios cartoons and it's true here in 'Ghost of the Town' as well.

While not one of the funniest Casper cartoons, the humour is amusing and gentle, while the reactions towards Casper nice and varied and the chemistry between a more courageous than usual Casper and the adorable baby is very cute without being too sentimental or cloying. The characters are very endearing, and the voice acting is dependably strong.

In conclusion, very cute and nicely done. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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