Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (TV series)

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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Ace Venture Cartoon Title.jpg
Genre Animated
Voices of Michael Daingerfield
Theme music composer Jim Curiale
Tim Torrance
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 39 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) James G. Robinson
Gary Barber
Toper Taylor
Patrick Loubert
Michael Hirsh
Producer(s) Eleanor Kearney
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Morgan Creek Productions
Nelvana Limited
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network CBS (1995–1997)
Nickelodeon (1999–2000)
Original release December 9, 1995 (1995-12-09) – January 30, 2000 (2000-01-30)
Preceded by Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
Followed by Ace Ventura, Jr.: Pet Detective

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is an animated television series based on the film of the same name. The series was produced by Morgan Creek Productions and Nelvana Limited for Warner Bros. Television. It aired for two seasons from 1995 to 1997 on CBS. A third season and reruns of previous episodes aired on Nickelodeon from 1999 to 2000.


The series is a sequel of the Ace Ventura movies. The titular character, voiced by Canadian actor Michael Daingerfield (credited as Michael Hall), is a goofy private investigator with a predilection for animals of all species.

The show ran on CBS for two seasons, with a third season airing on Nickelodeon when that channel acquired the show to broadcast reruns. Many of the characters from the movie were retained, though not voiced by their original actors. While the original movies already had a strongly cartoonish comedic aesthetic, they were eclipsed by the slapstick and garish humor of the cartoon. Seth MacFarlane was among the writers over the course of the show's run.

The show was rife with toilet humor and anachronisms (one episode centered around the Egyptian Mau, claiming it to be an extinct breed of cat, when, in fact, they are not), displaying similar humor to his later series. Despite running in a time slot after The Mask (another popular Jim Carrey-based cartoon) and a crossover with that show (in that series' finale, "The Aceman Cometh"), the series failed to gain a large audience. Ultimately, both The Mask and Ace Ventura were cancelled. A new and completely different season of the series ran on Nickelodeon.

A computer game, Ace Ventura, was based on the show.



Season 1 (1995–96)[edit]

No. in
No. in
Title Original air date
1 1 "The Reindeer Hunter" December 9, 1995 (1995-12-09)
Ace is called on by Santa to find his reindeer, on Christmas eve! When Ace discovers who it is, he has to save them before Christmas.
2 2 "Bowling for Bear" January 20, 1996 (1996-01-20)
When a Grizzly's life is put in danger, the only person willing to save its life is Ace. Ace has to uncover who is doing this and put a stop to it.
3 3 "Pet Food" January 27, 1996 (1996-01-27)
When something is endangering the lives of many animals in Miami Florida, Ace is called upon to investigate and uncover what's going on. The only thing they have in common is that they are the last of their kind.
4 4 "The Parrot Who Knew Too Much" February 3, 1996 (1996-02-03)
Ace has to save a Parrot who knows too much from falling into the wrong hands.
5 5 "French Dip" February 10, 1996 (1996-02-10)
Ace is convinced that something fishy is going on when a normally placid blue whale tries to assassinate a nature show host.
6 6 "Natural Born Koalas" February 17, 1996 (1996-02-17)
When nice friendly koala goes aggressive, its up to Ace to find out why.
7 7 "The Hounds of D'Urbervilles" February 24, 1996 (1996-02-24)
Ace meets the Hounds of D'Urbervilles.
8 8 "Remembrance of Trunks Past" March 2, 1996 (1996-03-02)
When the city of Miami is over-run by large elephants. Ace is called in by the city to investigate. Can he figure out what is going on?
9 9 "Night of the Gorilla" March 9, 1996 (1996-03-09)
When a cute kind-hearted gorilla is accused of committing an awful crimes it is up to Ace to clear the name of the gorilla before it is too late.
10 10 "Day of the Groundhog" March 30, 1996 (1996-03-30)
Ace Ventura must help save the life of a Groundhog on Groundhog Day.
11 11 "The Big Stink" April 6, 1996 (1996-04-06)
Ace follows his nose when a little boy's pet skunk gets skunk-napped.
12 12 "The Gator Gal" April 20, 1996 (1996-04-20)
Ace Ventura meets the Gator Gal.
13 13 "The Bull Market" April 27, 1996 (1996-04-27)
Ace investigates the problems of some bulls.

Season 2 (1996–97)[edit]

No. in
No. in
Title Original air date
14 1 "Panda-monium" September 7, 1996 (1996-09-07)
Ace runs into some problems when he is asked to save some Pandas.
15 2 "Snow Job" September 14, 1996 (1996-09-14)
When an Eskimo tribe's huskies disappear, Ace journeys to Siberia to help find them. However, things go from bad to worse when Ace's search gets him caught in the middle of a Russian arms smuggler's plan to steal a doomsday weapon from a secret military installation run by Russian armed forces who still believe the Cold War is still in effect.
16 3 "Salmon Rush Hour" October 5, 1996 (1996-10-05)
Ace must find out what happen to the salmon.
17 4 "The Search for Spike" October 19, 1996 (1996-10-19)
When a smuggler monkey-napped by mistake, Ace travels all over Miami to find his partner.
18 5 "The Milky Way" November 2, 1996 (1996-11-02)
When cows have been taken by what appears to be aliens, Ace discovers that Claw is up to no good again.
19 6 "The Golden Kitten" November 16, 1996 (1996-11-16)
When Ace discovers the last of a breed of cats that have been said to be extinct for centuries, he discovers a legend of a gold statue... and a terrible curse.
20 7 "Thunderballrighty Then" November 23, 1996 (1996-11-23)
Ace must protect a dog from the most dangerous criminal mastermind in the world.
21 8 "Dragon Guy" December 7, 1996 (1996-12-07)
Ace tells a story about a man finds and later saves a dragon from an evil sorcerer.
22 9 "Bad Hare Day" December 14, 1996 (1996-12-14)
in New York City, The Amazing Blackstein (References to the Magician. Harry Blackstone Jr.) hires Ace Ventura to Locate Bernie, His Rabbit. but a Jealous Rival of Blackstein and an Old Adversary of Ventura are involved...
23 10 "Robo West" December 21, 1996 (1996-12-21)
24 11 "Howl of the Weremoose" January 18, 1997 (1997-01-18)
When Ace deals with a new case, it is discovered that there may be a weremoose (a parody of a werewolf) involved.
25 12 "Bald Courage" February 8, 1997 (1997-02-08)
When all the bald eagles in America are stolen, Ace discovers a conspiracy that will change America forever if not stopped.
26 13 "Have Mask, Will Travel" August 30, 1997 (1997-08-30)
In the second half of this Mask/Ace Ventura crossover (which started with the Mask episode, aired by CBS just before), Ace is called upon by NASA to travel to a space station where a hamster--one that knows the entire Elvis Presley catalogue--is missing. When Stanley Ipkiss arrives to retrieve his mask (taken by Spike in the Mask episode), he becomes the Mask and joins Ace on his mission.

Season 3 (1999–2000)[edit]

No. in
No. in
Title Original air date
27 1 "Witch's Brew" October 29, 1999 (1999-10-29)
Ace has to find a missing pet bat in high school.
28 2 "Bird is the Word" November 30, 1999 (1999-11-30)
Ace has been called to find a missing falcon before midnight.
29 3 "Dino Mite" December 1, 1999 (1999-12-01)
Ace has been called to find some missing resurrected dinosaurs.
30 4 "Ace in Space" December 2, 1999 (1999-12-02)
Ace is hired by aliens from another planet.
31 5 "Get Piggy" December 3, 1999 (1999-12-03)
Ace has to find Gabe, a movie star pig who can talk.
32 6 "Ace Off" December 6, 1999 (1999-12-06)
When all clues point to Ace for a dog-napping, he must not only find the dog but also clear his name.
33 7 "Shell Shock" December 7, 1999 (1999-12-07)
Ace has been called to find a rock-bands pet turtle.
34 8 "Beware the Fly" December 8, 1999 (1999-12-08)
35 9 "Ace in Time" December 9, 1999 (1999-12-09)
Ace goes back in time to rescue a one-of-a-kind panther cub from a smuggler turn emperor.
36 10 "Putt Detective" December 10, 1999 (1999-12-10)
Ace is hired to remove a gopher from a golf course.
37 11 "Exor-Kitty" January 7, 2000 (2000-01-07)
Ace is called in to exorcise a cat.
38 12 "Ace of the Jungle" January 14, 2000 (2000-01-14)
Ace gets stranded on a tropical island.
39 13 "Cyber Ace" January 21, 2000 (2000-01-21)
Ace gets trapped in cyber space.


In The Mask's final episode "The Aceman Cometh", the Mask teamed up with Ace Ventura. At the time of the original airing Ace Ventura: Pet Detective was running in the adjoining time slot in CBS's Saturday morning lineup. During the crossover Stanley/Mask and Ace keep their own respective animation style while within the other's show.

Milo, Stanley's dog, has his brain switched with that of a scientist and is then dognapped. Stanley in turn hires Ace Ventura to help get him back. Upon the end of the episode, Spike, Ace's pet monkey, steals the mask. Stanley travels to Florida to get the mask back. The crossover is concluded in the Ace Ventura episode "Have Mask, Will Travel".

Home release[edit]

A three-episode DVD of the show was bundled with the two Ace Ventura movies. The back of the package has a mistake in the description of the pilot episode "The Reindeer Hunter," stating that Santa's main reindeer, Rudolph, has been kidnapped when in truth, Rudolph is not in the episode at all, rather it was the rest of his reindeer that had been kidnapped. This was also the only DVD release of this show. It's currently unknown if the whole series will be released.

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