What parents need to know
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.
What's the story?
In CASPER’S SCARE SCHOOL, Casper the Friendly Ghost is ensconced at boarding school, trying to master the art of scaring “fleshies” before his kindly nature gets him banished. Though he’s surrounded by scary creatures of all shapes and sizes -- including werewolves, skeletons, swamp creatures, and vampires -- Casper finds it hard to deny his gentle side, which often lands him in hot water with the school’s headmasters, Alder and Dash, and with his bullying nemesis, Thatch. Fortunately Casper can rely on his close friends, Mantha and Ra, to back him up when the going gets tough.
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.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about dealing with bullies. Kids: How does Thatch influence the other students? Have you ever had experience with a bully? Are there other ways a bully can cause trouble besides picking on you in person?
How does Casper show that he’s a good friend? Does he ever act in a way that’s not friendly? Kids: Who are your good friends? What do you think is important in a friend?
Kids: Did you find any parts of this show scary? Do you like scary stories or TV shows? What others have you seen? What kinds of things scare you? How do you deal with your fears?