M.A.S.K. (TV series)
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|Developed by||Terrence McDonnell and Gary Warne|
|Written by||Jina Bacarr|
R. Patrick Neary
Alfred A. Pegal
|Voices of||Doug Stone|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||75 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Jean Chalopin|
|Running time||22 mins|
|Production company(s)||DIC Audiovisuel|
ICC TV Productions, Ltd.
|Original release||September 30, 1985 –|
November 26, 1986
M.A.S.K. (an acronym for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) is an animated television series produced by DIC Audiovisuel and ICC TV Productions, Ltd. The series was based on the M.A.S.K. action figures produced by Kenner Products.. It was animated in Japan by studios; KK DiC Asia (later known as KK C&D Asia), Studio Juno, Studio World, and Ashi Production.
M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) is a special task force led by Matt Trakker, who operate transforming armored vehicles in their ongoing battle against the criminal organization V.E.N.O.M. (an acronym for Vicious Evil Network Of Mayhem) with an emphasis on superpowered masks worn by the characters of both factions.
V.E.N.O.M.'s primary goal was obtaining money through either robbery, extortion, counterfeiting, and kidnapping, or attempting to steal historical artifacts.
- Doug Stone — Matt Trakker, Hondo MacLean, Dusty Hayes, Bruce Sato, Nash Gorey, Bruno Sheppard, Boris Bushkin, Maximus Mayhem
- Brendan McKane — Miles Mayhem, Alex Sector, Floyd Malloy, Jacques LaFleur, Nevada Rushmore
- Graeme McKenna — T-Bob, Brad Turner, Julio Lopez, Calhoun Burns
- Mark Halloran — Sly Rax, Buddy Hawks, Cliff Dagger, Ace Riker, Duane Kennedy
- Sharon Noble — M.A.S.K. Computer, Gloria Baker, Vanessa Warfield, Professor Stevens
- Brian George — Lester Sludge, Ali Bombay
- Brennan Thicke — Scott Trakker
A total of 75 syndicated episodes over two seasons were broadcast from September 1985 to November 1986. The first season consisted of 65 episodes, but the second season, whose theme centered around auto racing instead of crimefighting, lasted only ten episodes.
One of many cartoons produced during the 1980s as a vehicle for toy merchandising, M.A.S.K., was a hybrid of popular era cartoons G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and The Transformers. When originally broadcast, M.A.S.K. was the first closed-captioned series to air in first-run syndication.
Several episodes of the series were released under Karl-Lorimar's "Kideo Video" branding on VHS in the 1980s, with two episodes per tape. The "racing" second season was distributed by Tempest Video. Several episodes were edited together into feature-length shows and released under the titles M.A.S.K The Movie, and M.A.S.K The Movie II.
M.A.S.K. episodes have been released on DVD in three different regions.
- USA: Shout! Factory acquired the Region 1 DVD rights and released a "Complete Series" set on August 9, 2011 containing only the episodes from the first season of the original series (65 episodes), as well as a separate 2-Disc collection of the first 11 episodes, called "Volume 1" and released the same day. The second season, which consists of 10 episodes, are owned by Cookie Jar Entertainment and are not part of the acquisition.
- UK: A single DVD set containing the first 5 episodes was released by Maximum Entertainment (under license from Jetix Europe) in August 2004. In November 2007, Maximum released Collection 1, containing the same number of episodes as the Australian set. Collection 1 was re-released on 31 August 2009, and Collection 2 was finally released on 28 September 2009. Both sets (The re-issue Collection 1 and Collection 2) are distributed through Lace DVD, replacing Maximum Entertainment, and both sets are in Region 2 PAL format. All 75 episodes were released across both sets.
- Australia and New Zealand: Madman Entertainment released the complete series over two DVD collections for the first time in Australia and New Zealand. Collection 1 was released in November 2006 and contains episodes 1 - 38, Collection 2 was released in March 2007 and contains episodes 39 - 75 which includes the season 2 episodes.
IGN voted M.A.S.K. the 99th-best animated series in 2009, calling it one of the most popular cartoon/toy marketing franchises of the 1980s, stating that it took many of the strengths of G.I. Joe and Transformers while taking few of their flaws.
In other media
On December 15, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Hasbro and Paramount were creating a movie universe combining Micronauts with G.I. Joe, Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light, M.A.S.K. and Rom. The Hollywood Reporter reported on April 21, 2016 that Michael Chabon, Brian K. Vaughan, Nicole Perlman, Lindsey Beer, Cheo Coker, John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein, Joe Robert Cole, Jeff Pinkner, Nicole Riegel and Geneva Robertson-Dworet had joined the writers room. On April 18, 2018, it was announced that F. Gary Gray will direct the live action movie.
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