A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show reminds kids that kindness and generosity are keys to getting ahead in life.
Casper’s kindly nature leads him to help others in many different ways. He’s a loyal friend who stands up for causes that he believes in, and he even works hard to get along with troublesome classmates. On the other hand, a boy often teases and bullies other students, and many students -- including Casper -- get into mild mischief like setting off stink potions in the school.
Positive Role Models
Casper is a great model of kindness and fairness, and he always strives to be a good friend. His behavior outshines even the adults on the show, who are generally portrayed as selfish and demanding.
Violence & Scariness
A zombie sometimes loses her detachable body parts, but they're easily replaced, and there’s no blood or gore. The fact that the characters are ghosts, zombies, etc. might scare some sensitive or very young kids.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two girls occasionally flirt with a boy.
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Some mild name-calling, like “ugly mug.”
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this enjoyable animated series (based on the movie of the same name) features an appealing cast of kid-friendly versions of traditionally creepy creatures like ghosts, vampires, and zombies -- with very little of the scary content that usually accompanies them. Casper is friendly to everyone, and his kindness always triumphs over the troublesome intentions of his nemesis, the school bully. The students often get involved in mild mischief (like starting food fights or concocting stink potions), but their transgressions always demonstrate a lesson in respect or consideration for others.
Is It Any Good?
This enjoyable seriers is filled with quirky characters, fun-filled mayhem, and plenty of imagination. The show's razor-sharp CGI gives Casper -- and his unusual array of peers -- a modern look that will appeal to kids. Plus, Casper often gets into scrapes that kids will relate to, like shirking responsibility in favor of fun or trying to counteract a bully. And since magic is a factor, there's no telling what might happen -- so there's lots here to keep kids' interest.
Casper is a model of unfaltering kindness and generosity, always willing to step up to help a friend and never giving in to the mean-spirited ways of some of the other students. He often faces a tough choice between doing what's right and doing what's easy, and his adherence to the former sends good messages to kids. Need more reason to like it? The kid-friendly versions of traditionally spooky beings like werewolves and zombies are perfect for youngsters clamoring for some not-so-scary thrills.
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