Ace Ventura (film series)

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Ace Ventura
Ace Ventura, the series protagonist.
Directed by Tom Shadyac (1)
Steve Oedekerk (2)
David Mickey Evans (3)
Written by Jack Bernstein
Tom Shadyac
Jim Carrey
Starring Jim Carrey
Music by Ira Newborn (1)
Robert Folk (2)
Cinematography Julio Macat (1)
Donald E. Thorin (2)
Edited by Don Zimmerman (1)
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
Country United States
Language English
Budget $37.5 million

Ace Ventura is an American comedy film series consisting of three entries, starring Jim Carrey as the titular character, Ace Ventura, a private investigator and self-proclaimed "pet detective." The first film, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, was released in 1994 after six years of development, with a sequel, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, released in 1995. In 2009, a direct-to-video sequel, Ace Ventura, Jr.: Pet Detective, was released. An animated series was also produced and ran for three seasons.

The first two films were widely successful and have a cult following, though the third was released to mostly negative reviews.


Bernstein had wanted to do a comedic version of Sherlock Holmes, and when watching the Stupid Pet Tricks segment on Late Night with David Letterman, got the idea for a pet detective.

Film series[edit]

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective[edit]

Ace Ventura is hired to rescue Snowflake, the bottlenose dolphin mascot of the Miami Dolphins. Despite his best efforts to save Dan Marino, he[clarification needed] too is kidnapped. When Ace finds out a murder is connected, he soon begins to suspect that disgraced football player Ray Finkle is behind it all. However, Ace can't find Finkle, until Ace discovers that Finkle has been masquerading as Lt. Lois Einhorn.

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls[edit]

Ace is dispatched to Africa to rescue a white bat, battling severe chiroptophobia along the way.

Ace Ventura, Jr.: Pet Detective[edit]

Ace Ventura, Jr. (Josh Flitter) continues his father's pet detective business.


Ace Ventura: Pet Detective[edit]

Ace Ventura continues his adventures primarily in Miami, FL, picking up several new cases. The series ran for three seasons and lasted from 1995-2000.

Cast and characters[edit]

Character Films Television
Ace Ventura:
Pet Detective

Ace Ventura:
When Nature Calls

Ace Ventura, Jr.:
Pet Detective

Ace Ventura:
Pet Detective

Ace Ventura Jim Carrey Michael Daingerfield
Spike Binks the Capuchin monkey Richard Binsley
Emelio Tone Lōc Greg Burson
Aguado John Capodice Al Waxman
Mr. Shickadance Mark Margolis Vince Corazza
Woodstock Raynor Scheine D.G. Beatty
Melissa Robinson Ventura Courteney Cox Ann Cusack
Lt. Lois Einhorn / Ray Finkle Sean Young
Dan Marino Dan Marino
Fulton Greenwall Ian McNeice
Vincent Cadby Simon Callow
Ouda Maynard Eziashi
Burton Quinn Bob Gunton
Ace Ventura Jr. Josh Flitter
Rex Ventura Ralph Waite
Atrocia Odora Pam Hyatt


Year Film Director Producer Writer Composer Cinematography Editor
1994 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Tom Shadyac James G. Robinson screenplay: Jack Bernstein, Tom Shadyac, Jim Carrey
story: Jack Bernstein
Ira Newborn Julio Macat Don Zimmerman
1995 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls Steve Oedekerk Steve Oedekerk Robert Folk Donald E. Thorin Malcolm Campbell
2009 Ace Ventura, Jr.: Pet Detective David Mickey Evans James G. Robinson
David C. Robinson
screenplay: David Mickey Evans, Jeffrey Sank, Jason Heimberg, Justin Heimberg
story: Jeffrey Sank, Jason Heimberg, Justin Heimberg
Laura Karpman Mark Irwin Danny Saphire

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