Casper, the Friendly Ghost, has been around for generations, endearing himself to children and adults alike. He is easily recognizable from his trademark white sheet and pleasant manner.
Casper was manually animated by legendary animator Bill Tytla, who developed personalities for the Looney Tunes characters. His visuals were then based on cartoons by pioneering animator Max Fleischer.
Casper first appeared in 1945 in the Famous animated short "Casper the Friendly Ghost." It was focused on the theme of making friends despite being an outsider.
Casper is shown to have an aversion to humans throughout the series, except for children. This is a recurring theme throughout the many films and television shows he has starred in.
The iconic character has his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and appeared in both films and television shows. There have even been video games featuring Casper.
Casper is officially the highest-grossing Harvey Comics character of all time. Since the character's creation, various films and one-offs have earned over $500 million worldwide.
There have been various depictions of Casper over the years, including a live-action film released in 1995. He has also been portrayed as a computer-generated character in modern films.
In the 1960s, 'Casper & the Ghostly Trio,' a spin-off series of Casper, was created. This followed the famous ghost's three mischievous uncles.
In the Hanna-Barbara series 'The New Adventures of Casper, ' the main antagonist is a young witch attempting to 'bewitch him' and prevent him from being nice to everyone.
Casper has found himself in various merchandise throughout the years. This included several Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon shows, plus plushies and stickers.
Several other characters have been introduced throughout the Casper series, including his ghostly girlfriend Amelia, his fairy godfather Hairy Scary, and his ghostly doctor/teacher Auntie Screamer.