M.A.S.K. (TV series)
|Developed by||Terrence McDonnell (season 1)|
Gary Warne (season 1)
Jack Olesker (season 2)
|Directed by||Bruno Bianchi (season 1)|
Bernard Deyriès (season 1)
Michael Maliani (season 2)
|Voices of||Doug Stone|
|Country of origin||France|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||75 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Jean Chalopin|
|Running time||22 mins|
|Production company||DIC Audiovisuel|
|Original release||30 September 1985 –|
26 November 1986
M.A.S.K. is a 1985–1986 French animated television series produced by DIC Enterprises 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 Ashi Productions and K.K. DIC Asia (later known as K.K. C&D Asia).
M.A.S.K. (an acronym for 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 helmets (called "masks") worn by the characters of both factions.
V.E.N.O.M.'s primary goal was obtaining money through either robbery, extortion, counterfeiting, kidnapping, or attempting to steal historical artifacts, but M.A.S.K. always found a way to foil their plans.
- 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
- Brian George – Lester Sludge, Ali Bombay
- Brennan Thicke – Scott Trakker
Season 1 (1985)
- Story editors: Terrence McDonnell and Gary Warne
- Writers: Jina Bacarr, Rod Baker, Creighton Barnes, Patrick Barry, Jack Bornoff, Del Bruckman, Barbara Chain, Kerry Ehrin, Herb Engelhardt, Mel Gilden, Ralph Goodman, David Gottlieb, Barbara Hambly, Trevor Meldal-Johnson, Fred Ladd, Chuck Lorre, Ali Matheson, R. Patrick Neary, Dianne Nezgoda, Jack Olesker, Glen Olson, Alfred A. Pegal, Jessica Radcliff, Ginger Roth, Jeffrey Scott, Karen Willson, S. S. Wilson, Erica Byrne
- Directors: Bruno Bianchi and Bernard Deyries
Season 2 (1986)
- Story editor: Jack Olesker
- Writers: Ray Dryden, Jack Olesker
- Director: Michael Maliani
A total of 75 syndicated episodes over two seasons were broadcast from September 1985 to November 1986. The first season consisted of 65 episodes. 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.
- USA: Shout! Factory acquired the Region 1 DVD rights and released a "Complete Series" set on 9 August 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 WildBrain 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.
While certain critics criticized the show for showing the weaponry and vehicles "at the expense of anything deeper in terms of plotting and characterization", the show was quite successful. 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 15 December 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 21 April 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 18 April 2018, it was announced that F. Gary Gray will direct the live-action movie. On 28 February 2020, Chris Bremner has been announced to pen the script.
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- "99, M.A.S.K." IGN. 23 January 2009. Archived from the original on 19 January 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2009.
- Kilday, Gregg (15 December 2015). "Paramount, Hasbro Creating Movie Universe Around G.I. Joe, Four Other Brands (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 26 March 2016.
- Kit, Borys (21 April 2016). "Hasbro Cinematic Universe Takes Shape With Michael Chabon, Brian K. Vaughan, Akiva Goldsman (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 10 June 2016.
- Couch, Aaron (18 April 2018). "F. Gary Gray to Direct Hasbro's 'M.A.S.K.' Movie". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Kit, Borys (28 February 2020). "'M.A.S.K' Movie Finds Its Writer (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.