Monday, September 17, 2007

Casper CD and "Casper Meets Wendy" AGAIN

Of all the Casper kids albums released in the 1960s and 1970s, this one is the best. Originally issued on Golden Records in 1963, this album features the actual voices (Norma MacMillan and Bradley Bolke) who performed on "The New Casper Cartoon Show" in 1963. The CD features an extra treat with the addition of the "Casper, the Friendly Ghost" theme by Mitch Miller and the Sandpipers that was previously released as a single on Golden Records. Other Casper releases were originally on Peter Pan Records and not as good, and at present are not scheduled to be released to CD anytime soon. Later Casper albums were solely music albums, usually a soundtrack to a feature film.

Also, "Casper Meets Wendy" has been reissued to DVD for the third time! Originally released in 1998 as the third Casper feature film (although direct-to-video), the DVD was issued on DVD for the first time in 2002. Then it was reissued on DVD in 2004 to promote Hilary Duff, who had become a big teen star. Now, it has been reissued again as of September 11, and subtitled the "Family Fun Edition". I assume it has some different extras than the previous versions, but maybe not. Does anyone know?

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