FW MOVIE PICK: CASPER MEETS WENDY

Hilary Duff and Jeremy Foley in Casper Meets Wendy (1998)

I was already familiar with “Wendy the Good Little Witch” from Harvey Comics as well as being a good friend of “Casper: The Friendly Ghost”; so needless to say I was curious about this one! After drawing the ire of a nefarious warlock named Desmond, Wendy the Good Little Witch and her aunts seek sanctuary in a special resort that caters to the supernatural. There, Wendy meets Casper the Friendly Ghost, who is vacationing with his quarrelsome uncles. Despite their families’ prejudiced warnings, Wendy and Casper become fast friends. Before long, this high-spirited duo decides to team up to take down the bullying warlock. Although the movie isn’t high quality; I definitely tolerated this movie more than the previous. This was the first major film for Hilary Duff, who was nearly 11 years old when the film was released and she shines in the role. Cathy Moriarty (from the first movie), Shelley Duvall and Teri Garr are fine as the three witch aunts. The direct-to-video budget makes the computer generated of the ghosts look poor compared to the theatrical film and not to mention makes the characters feel lifeless (no pun intended); which clearly drags down this sequel; however its at least a mild improvement over the last movie. And thus this series ends a high enough note!

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