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of us grew up in the golden age of
television, Ghost supernatural and
strange things appeared before our
eyes on a daily basis. from cartoons
to shows and movies the other side
was always a station away. In this
upcoming multiple set of articles
I will try to give a synopsis of the
shows that have lived and died and
still haunt many of us today. And
of course a glimpse into present and
Many of these Cartoons shows and
dramatic programs and comedies follow
all the ghost haunted rules and a
few do break them. But in essence
it all shows us that at times the
realms of the strange can be very
real if only it is a show a movie
or even a documentary.
From Vampires, witches, ghosts, aliens,
spooks, UFO's, Mystical and ESP experiences
and the down right strange and unreal.
TV has brought the paranormal world
into our homes over the decades. Exposing
many of us from a early ripe age to
see the supernataural in a natural
Kids and Ghosts!
Scooby-Doo is a long-running American
animated television series produced
for Saturday morning television in
several different versions from 1969
to the present. The original series,
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, was created
for Hanna-Barbera Productions by writers
Joe Ruby & Ken Spears and character
designer Iwao Takamoto. Hanna-Barbera
produced numerous spin-offs and related
works until being absorbed in 1997
into Warner Bros., which has handled
production since then. Though the
format of the show and the cast (and
ages) of characters have varied significantly
over the years, the most familiar
versions of the show feature a talking
dog named Scooby-Doo and four teenagers:
Fred "Freddie" Jones, Daphne
Blake, Velma Dinkley, and Norville
These five characters (officially
collectively known as "Mystery,
Inc.", but never referred to
as such in the original series) drive
around the world in a van called the
"Mystery Machine", and solve
mysteries typically involving tales
of ghosts and other supernatural forces.
At the end of each episode, the supernatural
forces turn out to have a rational
explanation, typically criminal plots
involving costumes and special effects
intended to frighten or distract.
Later versions of Scooby-Doo featured
different variations on the show's
supernatural theme, and include characters
such as Scooby's cousin Scooby-Dum
and nephew Scrappy-Doo in addition
to or instead of some of the original
Scooby-Doo was originally broadcast
on CBS from 1969 to 1976, when it
moved to ABC. ABC aired the show until
canceling it in 1986, and presented
a spin-off, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo,
from 1988 until 1991. A new Scooby-Doo
series, What's New, Scooby-Doo?, aired
on the WB Network during the Kids'
WB programming block from 2002 until
2005. The current Scooby-Doo series,
Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!,
airs Saturday mornings on The CW network.
Repeats of the original series, as
well as second-run episodes of What's
New, Scooby-Doo?, are broadcast frequently
on the Cartoon Network and Boomerang
in the United States and other countries.
CBS network debut on Saturday, September
13, 1969 with its first episode, "What
a Night for a Knight". The original
voice cast featured Don Messick as
Scooby-Doo, Casey Kasem as Shaggy,
Frank Welker as Fred, Nicole Jaffe
as Velma, and Stefanianna Christopherson
as Daphne. Seventeen episodes of Scooby-Doo
were produced in 1969.
Warner Bros.' 2002 live-action Scooby-Doo
feature film was a box office success,
and resulted in a sequel two years
The New Casper Cartoon Show debuted
on ABC in 1963, and stayed on Saturday
mornings until 1969. Here's the opening
title sequence, which was heavily
influenced by the folk music show
Casper the Friendly Ghost is the
main character of the Famous Studios
theatrical animated cartoon series
of the same name. As his name indicates,
he is a ghost, but is quite personable.
According to the 1995 feature film
Casper, his last name, when he was
alive, was McFadden, making his "real"
name Casper McFadden.
Casper was created in
the early-1940s by Seymour Reit and
Joe Oriolo, the former devising the
idea for the character and the latter
providing illustrations. Intended
initially as the basis for a children's
storybook, there was at first little
interest in their idea and when Reit
was away on military service during
the Second World War, Oriolo sold
the rights to the character to Paramount
Pictures' Famous Studios animation
division, for which he had occasionally
The Friendly Ghost, the first Noveltoon
to feature Casper, was released by
Paramount in 1945. In the cartoon,
Casper is a cute, pudgy ghost-child,
who prefers making friends with people
instead of scaring them. He leaves
his home at the local haunted house
and goes out to make friends. However,
every person or animal he meets takes
one horrified look at him and runs
off in the other direction. Distraught,
Casper unsuccessfully attempts to
commit suicide (apparently forgetting
that he's already dead) before he
meets two little children who become
his friends. The children's mother
at first rejects Casper, but later
welcomes him into the family after
he wards off a greedy landlord.
Casper appeared in two subsequent
Noveltoons before Paramount started
a Casper the Friendly Ghost series
in 1950, and ran the theatrical releases
until the summer of 1959. Nearly every
entry in the series was the same:
Casper leaves the (after)life of a
regular ghost, tries to find friends
but scares nearly everyone, and finally
finds a (cute little) friend, whom
he saves from some sort of fate. The
cartoon series also boasted a catchy
title song which was written by Jerry
Livingston and Mack David.
Casper went on to become one of the
most famous properties from the Famous
Studio. Alfred Harvey, founder and
publisher of Harvey Comics began producing
Casper comic books in 1952, and in
1957, purchased the rights to the
After Harvey bought the rights to
Casper and many other Famous properties
in 1959 (including Herman and Katnip,
Little Audrey, and Baby Huey), they
began broadcasting the post-1950 theatrical
Famous shorts on a television show
sponsored by Mattel Toys titled Matty's
Funday Funnies on ABC in 1959 which
introduced the Barbie doll to the
public. The other Famous produced
Casper cartoons had already been acquired
by television distributor U.M.&M.
T.V. Corp. in 1956. U.M.&M. retitled
just "A Haunting We Will Go",
but miscredited "Featuring Casper
The Friendly Ghost" as "Featuring
Caspers Friendly Ghost".
Casper was voiced by Julie McWhirter
in the Hanna-Barbara cartoons, by
Malachi Pearson in the 1995 movie
Casper and The Spooktacular New Adventures
of Casper, by Jeremy Foley in Casper:
A Spirited Beginning and Casper Meets
Wendy, by Brendon Ryan Barrett in
Casper's Haunted Christmas and by
Devon Werkheiser in Casper's Scare
School. Devon Sawa is the only actor
to play the character in live-action,
portraying him in a sequence from
the 1995 film in which Casper was
temporarily brought back to life.
The Ghostly Trio (known as Fatso,
Fusso and Lazo in the comics and Fatso,
Stinkie, and Stretch in the film series),
are fictional characters in the Casper
the Friendly Ghost's series. They
appear in Paramount Pictures' Famous
Studios theatrical cartoons from the
1950s. They have also made numerous
Harvey Comics appearances and were
featured in Casper and the Ghostly
The Ghostly Trio are Casper's uncles.
In most of their appearances, they
are shown to, in contrast to Casper,
love scaring people and they generally
seem to treat Casper as their own
personal slave. However, in Casper's
Scare School, they are uncharacteristically
nice to Casper and they are shown
to care for him. In fact, when Casper
leaves for Scare School, they spend
most of the time he's gone crying.
There had previously been a few indications
that they cared for Casper, but they
were few and far between.
In the Casper feature film, they
manage to become friends of sorts
with Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman)
and keep a promise they made to him,
overcoming their usual hatred of humans.
In Harvey comics, Nightmare was a
beautiful and gentle ghost horse,
a good friend of Casper the Friendly
Ghost. She did not fit her name in
any way, either in looks or in personality.
She could fly, and often gave rides
to Casper. She could also talk, although
in the 90's animated series, she can
Spooky the Tuff Little Ghost is a
fictional character that appeared
in titles published by Harvey Comics.
Spooky first appeared in Casper the
Friendly Ghost #10 (June 1953).
Spooky is written with a Brooklyn
accent, for example calling his girlfriend
and fellow ghost Pearl, "Poil."
His iconic derby hat is, therefore,
After several appearances in Casper
the Friendly Ghost, Spooky moved to
several spin off titles, including
Spooky Spooktown (1961-76), Spooky
Haunted House (1972-75) and Tuff Ghosts
Starring Spooky (1962-72). The original
ran until #161 in September, 1980.
Spooky is part of the 1963 animated
television series The New Casper Cartoon
Show, which ran from 1963 to 1969.
In 1996, after the success of the
Casper feature films, a new animated
show, Casper, premiered on Fox Kids.
Spooky was voiced by Rob Paulsen.
Topper was a television situation
comedy series based on the 1930s film
The thrust of the story is that the
sophisticated Cosmo Topper (Leo G.
Carroll) is vice-president of a bank.
He is married to the sweet but somewhat
dumb Henrietta (Lee Patrick). They
live in a house in a Los Angeles suburb
that they bought from the estate of
a fashionable young couple, George
and Marion Kirby (Robert Sterling
and Anne Jeffreys), who died after
being swept away by an avalanche.
Their St. Bernard, Neil, who was unable
to rescue them, also died with them.
Cosmo finds that his house is haunted
by their ghosts and that of their
alcoholic St. Bernard. Only Cosmo
can see or hear them.
The ghosts try to put some excitement
and joy into the life of the somewhat
stodgy and conservative Cosmo. In
action that would anticipate the later
series Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie,
the ghosts would cause strange (but
very humorous) events to happen, for
which Cosmo would have to create some
kind of explanation to others who
would be baffled, and often even amusingly
frightened, by seeing them.
The show ran on CBS from 1953 to
1955. 78 episodes were produced. Both
ABC and NBC later aired repeats of
these episodes (ABC in 1955 and NBC
in 1956). In later decades Topper
would be popular in syndication. Some
episodes are available on DVD.
Dark Shadows is a Gothic television
soap opera that originally aired weekdays
on the ABC television network, from
June 27, 1966 to April 2, 1971. The
show was created by Dan Curtis, who
tells of a dream he had in which a
girl takes a long train ride to visit
a large mansion. The story "bible",
which was written by Art Wallace,
does not mention any supernatural
elements. It was considered daring
(and unprecedented in daytime television)
when ghosts were introduced about
six months after it began. The series
became hugely popular when, a year
into its run, vampire Barnabas Collins,
played by Jonathan Frid, appeared.
In addition to vampires, Dark Shadows
featured werewolves, ghosts, zombies,
man-made monsters, witches, warlocks,
time travel, both into the past and
into the future, and a parallel universe.
A small company of actors each played
many roles and, as actors came and
went, some characters were played
by several actors. Major writers in
addition to Art Wallace included Sam
Hall, Gordon Russell, and Violet Welles.
Dark Shadows has the distinction
of being the only long-running soap
to have every episode released for
home video (including a reconstruction
episode #1219, the videotape for which
is lost), first on VHS and currently
in progress on DVD. (Episodes were
numbered from #1 to #1245, but some
episodes were pre-empted due to holidays,
news, etc. so the number of episodes
actually broadcast is 1225.)
Dark Shadows was distinguished by
its vividly melodramatic performances,
atmospheric interiors, memorable story
lines and an unusually adventurous
music score. Now regarded as somewhat
of a camp classic, it continues to
enjoy intense cult status among its
followers. Director Tim Burton and
pop icon Madonna have both gone on
record as fans of the series. As a
child Johnny Depp was so obsessed
with Barnabas Collins that he wanted
to be him.
Dark Shadows pioneered the concept
of a soap opera with a supernatural
theme. In later years, the prime-time
satire Soap would introduce an Exorcist-inspired
storyline. Days of our Lives would
feature a groundbreaking plot in which
its leading female character, Marlena
Evans (Deidre Hall), was possessed
by Satan. Coming full circle, the
soap operas Port Charles and Passions
would emerge in the 1990s, both largely
driven by supernatural-based plots
involving vampires, witches, and werewolves.
Twin Peaks was a prime-time soap with
many supernatural elements, but without
the classic movie monsters. Even the
popular Joss Whedon series Buffy the
Vampire Slayer and Angel, with their
continuing serial plotlines, could
be described as treading a path first
laid by Dark Shadows.
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