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For the history of Casper, check out the post here.
When Harvey Cartoons
about producing their next Casper series,
the results ended up becoming a hodgepodge of different ideas blended together.
Casper, Maxi, Mini and Hairy.
The new Casper series became Hanna-Barbera’s
second attempt at cashing in on the fame of Charlie’s Angelsfollowing Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels. The difference was this time they
opted to mix in a little CHiPsand a taste of The Jetsonsas the Angels in question, the ditzy Mini (Laurel Page, who also
starred in Caveman) and the sensible
yet short-tempered Maxi (Diana McCannon), were jet cycle cops in the year 2179.
Joining them on their assignments was Casper (Julie McWhirter), as well as two
inept junior partners, Nerdley (Hal Smith) and Fungo (Paul Winchell). Rounding
out the rag-tag bunch was Casper’s cousin Hairy Scarey (John Stephenson
impersonating Ed Wynn), a
more traditional ghost who liked to scare and often fell into helping the
Angels out on their cases. Unlike other ghosts in the Casper franchise, Hairy was more accepting of Casper’s gentle
nature and did his best to try and teach him how to be a real ghost. The
Angels’ orders came from The Commander (Stephenson) via communicator screen.
Hairy giving Fungo and Nerdley a fright.
Casper and the Angels debuted on NBC
on September 22, 1979. The show was written by Jack Bonestell, Patsy Cameron, Gary Greenfield, Bob Ogle and Dick Robbins, with Ogle serving
as story editor. Hoyt Curtin
provided the music. The series limped along for a single season, not really
catching much of an audience on the struggling network. Hanna-Barbera gave it
their all, however, as while the show was in production, they also produced two
Casper specials featuring Hairy. Casper’s Halloween Special, aired on October 30th, and Casper’s First Christmas,
aired on December 18th. Neither special was set in the
futuristic setting of The Angels, or
featured the Angels themselves; however, the cast, save Page and Winchell, were
reused for different roles in Halloween.
“Casper’s Golden Chance / Space Circus” (9/22/79) – Mini and Maxi are after
gold thieves while Hairy teaches Casper how to scare. / A diamond smuggler
happens to hold out at the circus Casper and Hairy go to.
“Casper Ghosts West / Casper’s Camp Out” (9/29/79) – The team is
tasked with protecting Sandy Gulch from goons disguised as ghosts. / While on a
camping excursion, the team has to deal with a damaged dam.
“Strike Four / The Space Pirate” (10/6/79) – Someone impersonates the
star player of the Space City Dodgers. / The team plans to foil Spacebard’s
plot to rob a bank.
“Ship-Wrecked / The Cat Burglar” (10/13/79) – Hairy gets the team
stranded on a remote planet with hostile inhabitants. / Hairy helps Nerdley and
Fungo solve a burglary after they fail to catch the thief.
“Something Fishy / The Smiling Lisa” (10/20/79) – A seal from the
Space Aquarium gets held for ransom. / The team is assigned to guard the
Smiling Lisa, but find out it’s already stolen upon their arrival.
“A Pocket Full O’Schemes / A Tale of Two Trashmen” (10/27/79) – Mini
and Maxi argue over who gets the credit for capturing a pickpocket. / Burglars
use disguises as trashmen to make off with their stolen goods.
“Fatula / T.V. or Not T.V.” (11/3/79) – An old collar seeks revenge
against Mini and Maxi. / Casper and Hairy keep an escaped criminal from ruining
Mini and Maxi’s TV debuts.
“Gone to the Dogs / Private Eyeball to Eyeball” (11/10/79) – Hairy
poses as a dog to catch a thieving dog catcher. / Hairy becomes a private eye
to investigate a crooked detective looking to steal the gold the Angels guard.
“Champ for a Day / The Ghost Robbers” (11/17/79) – The Angels have to
find a wrestler’s stolen teddy bear to get him back into the ring. / Casper and
Hairy are framed for robbing a bank.
“Aunt Mary Scarey / The Ice Heist” (11/24/79) – Hairy pretends to be
the commander in order to impress his aunt. / The team works to uncover a ring
of jewel thieves in a hotel.
“A Shoplifting Experience / The Impossible Scream” (12/1/79) – The
team pursues a high-tech shoplifter. / Muscles McSnort causes trouble in the
city, but the team has to stop him without Hairy who has lost confidence after
failing to scare him.
“Prehistoric Hi-Jinx / The Commander is Missing” (12/8/79) – While
guarding a scientist’s lab, the team accidentally gets sent back in time. / The
team has to find out what happened to their boss.
“Love at First Fright / Saving Grace in Outer Space” (12/15/79) – Hairy
begs Mini and Maxi to let him tag along on an assignment to guard an actress
he’s fallen for. / The Commander’s troublesome niece stows away aboard a stolen