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September 15, 2014

Seymour Reit, creator of Caper the Friendly Ghost, pitches his character to Paramount Studios.


Seymour Reit, creator of Casper the Friendly Ghost, pitches his character to Paramount Studios.

Studio Exec: Seymour! Have a seat! We’re thrilled to hear what you’ve got for us!
Seymour: And I’M thrilled to share it! It’s an animated kids’ show—
Studio: LOVE IT ALREADY. Paramount is DESPERATE for some new cartoons.
Seymour: I’ve got just the thing! It stars a little dead boy!

Studio Exec: A little dead boy?
Seymour: YES. A little boy who dies tragically at the age of seven!
Studio Exec: Oh, I’m sorry, I should have been clearer. We’re looking for funny cartoons for kids.
Seymour: I know…
Studio Exec: This story about a little boy who dies at the age of seven is a comedy?
Seymour: Now you get it! His name’s Casper and, even though he’s friendly, he has no friends. He’s very lonely. People hate him cause he’s a ghost.
Studio Exec: OK, um, well, we definitely don’t have any tragically young death comedies in the pipeline at the moment, I’ll give you that. How does Casper die?
Seymour: You know what, I actually haven’t gotten that far yet? I was so amped about a comedy where a seven-year-old boy dies that I haven’t knocked out all the logistics yet.
Studio Exec: You were just caught up in the hysterics of his passing…

[Full 10-minute laugh break from Seymour where he tries to control himself]

Studio Exec: Seymour, are you gonna be OK?

[Additional 10-minute laugh break from Seymour where he tries to control himself]

Seymour: [wiping tears from his eyes] I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I’m OK now. I was just picturing the death hahaha.
Studio Exec: Haha, well I’d love to hear what you came up with that was so funny.

Studio Exec: You just laughed for the past 20 minutes picturing this boy getting killed by a drunk driver?
Seymour: You think a sober driver is funnier?
Studio Exec: No, our problem was with—
Seymour: OH!! Maybe he just swallows a buncha pills?
Studio Exec: Hate to be “that guy” but childhood suicide is a bit of a hot-button issue with the censors…
Seymour: Wait, but wasn’t there an episode of The Brady Bunch where Cindy killed herself?
Studio Exec: You’re asking if there’s an episode of The Brady Bunch where the youngest daughter committed suicide?
Seymour: Yeah.
Studio Exec: No, there wasn’t.
Seymour: [singly softly to himself] All of them had hair of gold … like their mother … the youngest one was dead…
Studio Exec: That’s not how the song goes.
Seymour: [singly softly to himself] They were four men … living all together … until one killed himself … OH! I think you’re right. It was BOBBY.
Studio Exec: Bobby didn’t die, either.
Seymour: We’re getting off track. Maybe he just gets shot at a convenience store. The means isn’t as important as the fact that he’s now a ghost.
Studio Exec: What does he look like?
Seymour: Dead Richie Rich.
Studio Exec: He looks like a dead version of our most popular character?
Seymour: Exactly. Here’s a storyboard I comped up of him crying next to his grave once he realizes he’s dead.


Studio Exec: Um, that’s actually kinda making me sad. I’m having a hard time— wait, he’s not in Heaven?
Seymour: Oh, god no, this boy doesn’t go to Heaven. He can’t cross over.
Studio Exec: Forgive my ignorance but where exactly do the laughs come in for this cartoon?
Seymour: Have you not been listening to me?
Studio Exec: Where are his parents?
Seymour: I always pictured him an orphan.
Studio Exec: And he has no friends?
Seymour: Who would ever wanna watch a comedy called Friends?!
Studio Exec: Good point.
Seymour: I mean, I guess he could meet some alive girl? Unless you want her to be dead, too?
Studio Exec: I think one dead child is probably enough.
Seymour: Cool. So you guys in?
Studio Exec: Yeah, we love it.