Casper’s Scare School (2006)

I’m not sure whose brain child Kibosh was, but I’m not so sure we needed a villain for Casper. So apparently, there are ghosts, there are friendly ghosts, and there are—uh—bad ghosts? Or super ghosts? In either case, the Casper franchise continues its downward slump in the awfully mediocre “Casper’s Scare School.” This time around Casper best friends with a lonely boy named Jimmy. Jimmy has a big soccer game and Casper is helping him become a great athlete. But after getting scared by Jimmy, Casper’s embarrassment is discovered all over the ghost realm.

How was this recorded? Who recorded it? Who knows? Are all paranormal beings’ activities recorded? Again, by who or what? And for what purpose? Why is Casper being tested? In either case, the King of the Ghosts (I don’t know, just go with it) Kibosh, tells Casper that he has to go to Scare School, or else he will be condemned to “The Valley of Shadows” a place of great suffering. I guess it’s ghost hell? In either case, Casper meets a whole slew of new monster misfits including a girl named Ra, a female mummy, and a vampire bully named Thatch.

With Casper trying to make it back home and finish Scare School, Kibosh has to confront villains Alder and Dash when they seek to take over the Ghost Realm. For such a great cast of voices, “Casper’s Scare School” is surprisingly low budget. The animation looks like it was produced on some free animation software from 1998, all the while all the cash went to casting folks like Christy Carlson Romano, James Belushi, and Bob Saget. “Casper’s Scare School” is painfully mediocre and doesn’t open up Casper’s world, so much as pile on a lot of goofy nonsense for the sake of chugging this series that’s on obvious life support. I give them credit for at least trying, but “Casper’s Scare School” is only mildly passable, and stumbles along for barely eighty minutes.