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The Mask: Animated Series
The Mask - Animated Series.png
Genre
Based on
Developed byDuane Capizzi
Directed byRussell Calabrese
Voices of
Theme music composer
  • Keith Baxter
  • Christopher Neal Nelson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes54
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Joe Bacall
  • Tom Griffin
  • C.J. Kettler
  • Bob Friedman
  • Mike Richardson
  • Phil Roman
Producer(s)Gary Hartle
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Audio format
Original releaseAugust 12, 1995 (1995-08-12) –
August 30, 1997 (1997-08-30)
Chronology
Preceded byThe Mask
Followed bySon of the Mask
External links
Website

The Mask: Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the 1994 film of the same name.[1] The series aired on CBS and ran for a total of three seasons and fifty-four episodes from August 12, 1995, to August 30, 1997.[2] It spawned its own short-run comic book series, Adventures of The Mask. John Arcudi, former writer of the original comics, wrote two episodes of the series.

The Mask was one of three animated series based on Jim Carrey movies that premiered the same year. These included the 1995–2000 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective series, and the 1995–1996 Dumb and Dumber series.[3]

Overview[edit]

The series retained major plot points from the film, with insecure bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss using an ancient mask to gain superpowers while taking on the mischievous personality of The Mask. The major alteration is that Stanley can use the mask in daytime as well as at night. Following the events of the film, Stanley's friend and coworker Charlie thinks that Stanley threw the mask away, but Stanley discovers that his dog retrieved it and decides to keep it.

Reporter Peggy Brandt is the main female character in the series, though Stanley is upset with her for selling him out to the mob. Tina Carlyle (Cameron Diaz's character in the film) is absent from the series. Niko and Dorian Tyrell, the two primary antagonists of the 1994 film who died during the course of it, do not appear in the animated series.

Despite having a "realistic" setting in the fictional town of Edge City, the series often relies more on Tex Avery-style humor and occasionally breaks any meaningful laws of reality.[citation needed] For example, one episode featured the Goofalotatots, parodies of the Animaniacs, treating them as if they were naturally alive. Another featured the Mask becoming a personal assistant to the President of the United States, with the job merely handed to him (former Mask comic writer John Arcudi wrote both example episodes, a stark departure from his usual writing). Police officers are portrayed as idiots unable to recognize obvious clues.

Also continued from the film were The Mask's frequent visits to the Coco Bongo: a fictional, glamorous nightclub frequented by the Edge City well-to-do, which was based on the Copacabana in New York City.[citation needed] The destruction of the Coco Bongo in the episode "A Comedy of Eras" horrifies and enrages The Mask, and provides him with the motivation to ultimately defeat the antagonist.

During the late 1990s, Rob Paulsen appeared on the US TV talk show Donny & Marie. When talking about his role as Stanley Ipkiss/The Mask, Paulsen said, "I get to be Jim Carrey for a whole lot less cake."[4][relevant? ]

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Stanley Ipkiss / The Mask (voiced by Rob Paulsen) – Stanley and The Mask each have a distinct personality, and refer to the other as a separate person, and display a brotherly rivalry. Stanley is conflicted about the mask and on several occasions tries to dispose of it, but is forced to use the mask to get out of trouble, eventually coming to rely on it to fight supernatural enemies. The Mask personality is a mischievous superhero (unlike the violent comic book original) who "would rather go to water polo night at the Coco Bongo than fight crime". The only things which adversely affects the Mask's powers are the common cold and the restraint of the wearer's personality.[citation needed]
  • Milo (vocal effects provided by Frank Welker) – Stanley's dog (a Jack Russell Terrier) and loyal sidekick. He is also a frequent wearer of the mask, and is shown to be quite intelligent, able to understand some of the human language.
  • Lt. Mitch Kellaway (voiced by Neil Ross) – A cynical and conceited detective lieutenant of the Edge City Police Department who is overzealous in blaming The Mask for every big crime and disaster, and linking The Mask to other criminals and villains. For this attention, Kellaway is a frequent victim of atomic wedgies from The Mask.
  • Detective Doyle (voiced by Jim Cummings) – Lieutenant Kellaway's dimwitted and lazy partner, who is somewhat friendly to the Mask and thinks of him more of a hero than a villain.
  • Peggy Brandt (voiced by Heidi Shannon) – A tabloid reporter who mends her friendship with Stanley by rescuing him several times after having sold him out to the mob. Her career ambitions often put her in compromising situations from which The Mask rescues her. She is resourceful in outwitting certain rogues, and shows a motherly affection for The Mask.
  • Charlie Schumacher (voiced by Mark L. Taylor) – The proud and selfish manager of the bank where Stanley works. He usually looks out for himself, pursues women, and takes advantage of Stanley while acting as his friend. Although he promises to help Stanley's career, he is unhappy when Stanley finds success.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Dr. Arthur Neuman (voiced by Ben Stein) – Stanley's therapist and the only character to be voiced by the same actor from the film. He believes that "The Mask" is the suppressed side of Stanley who wants to be outrageous and impulsive.
  • Mayor Mortimer Tilton (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson) – The egotistical and corrupt mayor of Edge City. Despite his selfishness, Tilton is a person of genuine gratitude and often thanks The Mask for saving the city and frees him from any legal trouble that he causes.
    • Smedley (voiced by Cam Clarke) – Mayor Mortimer Tilton's white and nerdy assistant.
  • Agnes Peenman (voiced by Tress MacNeille) – Stanley's cranky and mean-spirited landlady.

Antagonists[edit]

  • Doctor Septimus Pretorius (voiced by Tim Curry) – The primary and recurring antagonist of the series. He is a mad scientist who had his own head removed from his body and placed on tiny, spider-like robotic legs, which could attach to a larger android body. His plans revolve around either obtaining or controlling the mask (Pretorius is one of the few characters in the series aware of The Mask's true identity), or increasingly insane and deadly scientific experiments.
    • Walter – Pretorius's indestructible goon. He doesn't talk and is a little like Frankenstein's monster.
    • Pretorius's Henchmen (various voices) – The henchmen of Pretorius are shown to wear black and purple outfits. They are often seen carrying out criminal errands to prepare for his criminal plots.
  • Lonnie the Shark (voiced by Glenn Shadix) – A biker gang leader who has sharp teeth and a hairdo that resembles a shark's fin.
    • Pete (voiced by Charlie Adler) – Lonnie the Shark's lazy sidekick, who makes an excuse of "feeling pain" on any part of his body in order to ditch the gang's dirty work for his fat companions.
    • Biff, Muffy, and Brad – The three tough members of Lonnie the Shark's biker gang.
  • The Terrible Two – Dak (voiced by Cam Clarke) and Eddie (voiced by Jeff Bennett) are two slow-witted teenaged boys who exposed themselves to radiation with the intention of becoming superheroes. Dak subsequently became "Putty Thing" while Eddie became "Fish Guy".
  • Skillit (voiced by Jason Marsden in season one and by Benny Grant in season two) – A mischievous imp who hails from the Shadowland, and can suck the shadows from people, which preserves his youth while aging his victims. Because he appear to be 12 years old, he is often forced to do homework when captured. He is over 4,000 years old and has known everyone who possessed the mask.
  • Kablamus (voiced by Jim Cummings in a homage to Sterling Holloway) – Joe Blow is a green-haired man who had a chemical accident while experimenting on an unbreakable balloon, and gained the power to blow himself up like a balloon and explode without dying.
  • Willamina Bubask (voiced by Conchata Ferrell) – A female criminal whose known crimes were dognapping, grand theft auto, and assaulting a police precinct. While Stanley was competing in a chilli cook-off, Milo stumbled upon her dog-napping activities, to have dogs taste-test each recipe for Cheap Chucky. She has an unrequited love for Walter, who she met in prison.
    • Cheap Chucky – A crime partner of Willamina Bubask, who was defeated by Milo and later arrested by the police.
  • Don Julovit (voiced by Cam Clarke in a Spanish accent) – The greatest bandit from Lispan. He arrived in Edge City for a crime in which every villain dressed as Santa Claus.
  • Dynamite Joe (voiced by Jeff Bennett impersonating Sylvester Stallone) – An explosives expert who disguises himself as Santa Claus for a crime spree.
  • Chet Bozzack (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) – Stanley's reformed high school bully whose dark urges are reawakened when he accidentally wears half of the broken mask. Chet is able to stop his mask personality from killing Stanley, and apologizes afterwards.
  • Dr. Amelia Chronos (voiced by Victoria Carroll) – A mad scientist who builds time-manipulation devices that cause chaos as she seeks world dominance.
  • Colonel Beauregard Klaxon (voiced by Jim Cummings) – A southern businessman who dumps nuclear waste under the city stadium, resulting in a monster abducting the city's sports team.
    • Billy Bob – Klaxon's henchman.
  • Cookie Baboom (voiced by Cree Summer) - A exotic dancer who threatens to blow up the mayor.
  • Channel Surfer (voiced by Gary Owens) – A madman with a gliding surfboard who teleports through televisions and can manipulate electricity and television content. He had all of Edge City watch the TV shows he liked and trapped The Mask inside the TV world. Peggy helped The Mask escape through a live broadcast of Channel Surfer's show.
  • Gorgonzola the Cheese Witch (voiced by Cree Summer) – Her powers include the Cheese-Eye (an eye laser that turns anything into cheese) and the Shot-Cheddar (an extra-sharp cheddar cheese arrow, that is fired from Gorgonzola's palm). This character was created as the winner of a contest held by Disney Adventures to create a new villain for the series. An ancient villainess, she returns when her amulet is uncovered from a Mesopotamian tomb.
  • Sly Eastenegger (voiced by Neil Ross) – An action star who tries to take revenge upon his critics by detonating a nuclear bomb during the filming of his movie.
    • Director (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui) – An unnamed film director who helps Sly in his plot.
  • Phony Frenchman (voiced by Jess Harnell) – A patriotic French terrorist with a bad French accent.
  • The Devil (voiced by Jonathan Harris) – First appearing as Bub, he signs a contract to make Stanley a winner without using the mask, but then tries to take him and the mask to hell as payment. The Mask is able to save them by defeating the devil in a dance competition.
  • The Tempest (voiced by Bud Cort) – Alter ego of Fritz Drizzle, a former weatherman who was struck by lightning and gained weather-control abilities.
  • The Hood (voiced by Jess Harnell) – A criminal wanted for loan sharking, smuggling, jewel heists, and other crimes. As Lawrence Lorenzo, he was hired to be the police chief, but kidnaps the mayor in an attempt to take over Edge City.
  • The Stinger (voiced by Stuart Pankin) – Buzz Stingman is a beekeeper who was turned into a bee-human hybrid creature after being severely stung by genetically-altered bees. He had the ability to control the behavior of bees and hypnotized the entire city into building a giant beehive. He was eventually stopped by the Mask who removed his stinger and returned him to normal.
  • Madame Suspiria (voiced by Candi Milo) – A carnival gypsy who believes her family's magic created the mask. She gives Stanley a love potion which is accidentally used on Mrs. Peenman and causes several men to fall in love with her. Suspiria siphons some of the mask's powers to gain revenge on Admiral Wombat, but The Mask tricks her into attacking him with magic which returns his powers.
  • Sir Andrew Bedwetter (voiced by Jeff Bennett) – A Broadway director who adapts Mad Monkey, and is upstaged by The Mask, then tries to finance his next production through bank robberies. He is a parody of Broadway playwright Andrew Lloyd Webber.[citation needed]
  • Government Guy (voiced by Frank Welker in normal form, Kevin Michael Richardson in Mask form) – The tyrannical future ruler of Edge City. At some point after a thermonuclear crisis, he found the mask and used it to power the city, while banning fun. Stanley time-travels to the future and uses his greater understanding of the mask to defeat him. He is a parody of Ross Perot.[citation needed]
  • Celia N. Airtight – A former researcher at Wrapmaster and founder of Putterware, whose products turn leftovers into monsters.
    • Harold – Airtight's right-hand man.
  • Tex Clobber – A bounty hunter hired by Pretorius alongside Baxter Simon to capture The Mask. Tex Clobber is a wilderness hunter that uses normal hunting weapons.
  • Baxter Simon - A bounty hunter that was hired by Pretorius alongside Tex Clobber to capture The Mask. He is a businessman that uses high tech gadgets.
  • Selina Swint (voiced by Susan Silo) – An smuggler who brought counterfeit money to Edge City, but accidentally switches bags with Stanley.
  • Davida Steelmine (voiced by Cree Summer) – An illusionist-turned-thief and a former schoolmate of Stanley, who had a crush on her.
  • Cybermite (voiced by Jim Cummings) – A living yet obnoxious computer virus (in a form of a fat termite wearing a leather jacket), who grows bigger by eating brain cells and occasionally says some pretty bad jokes.
  • The Dark Star Trio – A trio of villains who emerge from the first issue of Doyle's favorite comic book The Galactic Avenger. They mistake Kellaway for their fictional archenemy and try to kill him, before they are defeated by The Mask. Its members are:
    • War Machine (voiced by Jim Cummings) - A robot armed with deadly weapons.
    • Dragon Lady (voiced by Kath Soucie) - She can transform into a dragon, fly, and breathe fire.
    • Riptide (voiced by Frank Welker) - A punky villain with the ability to transform into water.
  • Arthur "Art" Nouveau (voiced by Jim Cummings) – An art forger who threatened to blow up a dynamite factory.

Other characters[edit]

  • Francis Forthwright (voiced by Mary McDonald-Lewis) – One of Stanley's neighbors who sometimes wants Stanley to babysit her baby boy during random moments.
  • Baby Forthwright (vocal effects provided by Frank Welker) – Francis Forthwright's baby, who wears the mask on three occasions.
  • Bank President (voiced by Jim Cummings) – The unnamed boss of Stanley and Charlie whose face is off-screen.
  • Ace Ventura – (voiced by Michael Daingerfield) – A Miami-based private pet detective specializing in the retrieval of missing animals who helps Stanley find Milo.

Other mask wearers[edit]

Stanley Ipkiss is the owner and wearer of the mask. Others have worn it accidentally or intentionally, and some episodes focus on this aspect. Stanley usually tries to get the mask back, often with difficulty. The other wearers and the mask's affect on them are:

  • Milo – Milo wears the mask in eight episodes, usually when Stanley or someone else is in trouble.
  • Peggy Brandt – The journalist wears the mask which gives her an elaborate and feminine makeover.
  • Baby Forthwright – The superpowered baby is impulsive, acts out for ice cream and temporarily teams up with villains. As a running gag, he puts diapers on those who annoy him.
  • Pretorius – Lacking inhibitions, he is able to retain his own personality when he dons the mask. He tries to kill Stanley and Peggy by eating them, but is defeated after his invention Sister Mask is used against him.
  • Chet Bozzack – The former bully wears half of the mask which produces an "evil clown" personality, as Stanley's worst nightmare.
  • Fish Guy – He becomes Shark Dude, with considerable superpowers and an egotistical attitude that causes him to abandon his partner.
  • Dr. Neuman – Stanley's psychiatrist doesn't believe in The Mask; when it possesses him, he becomes psychotic, diagnosing everyone with Ipkissia Maskosis and putting them in straitjackets (using their underwear).
  • Evelyn – A shy woman who accidentally puts the mask on during a date with Stanley, and becomes Eve, who is madly in love with Stanley.
  • Government Guy – He wore the mask of the 23rd century, which is green due to mold.
  • Ace Ventura – During a crossover episode, the mask hits Ace's buttocks, where it manifests a green-hued head.
  • Nimrel, Billy the Kid, Attila the Hun – Historical figures said to have used the power of the mask by Skillit.
  • Freddy - He once used it in the episode "Enquiring Masks Want to Know".[clarification needed]

Parodies of other comics[edit]

Villains as well as the Mask's transformations were often DC Comics parodies, such as Supermask and Super Salad Man (a spoof of Superman). Some Marvel references were made, like the Mask becoming Biclops (a spoof of Cyclops), Spiderhyny (alias Spider-Man), the Green Surfer (alias Silver Surfer) and the Toolverine (a spoof of Wolverine), and a villain that turned into a dinosaur like Sauron. Notable were Skillit (spoof of Mr. Mxyzptlk and Peter Pan, albeit much more malevolent in nature), Buzz Stingman (who was transformed by mutant bees in a similar manner to Swarm) and Putty Thing (spoof of the Batman: The Animated Series version of Clayface, portrayed as a dumb teenager rather than an angry, jaded actor). In the "Sister Mask" episode, Pretorius hunts meteorites that each give the power of a member of Fantastic Four.

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
115August 12, 1995November 11, 1995
230September 7, 1996March 29, 1997
39July 5, 1997August 30, 1997

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1995)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleWritten byOriginal air date
1–21–2"The Mask Is Always Greener on the Other Side" (Part 1 & 2)Duane CapizziAugust 12, 1995 (1995-08-12)

After causing him nothing but trouble, Stanley Ipkiss gets rid of his mask by burying it in quick-drying cement, but must retrieve it to save Peggy and Milo from Pretorius.


Pretorius tricks Stanley's friend and co-worker, Charlie, into building a "house of tomorrow". The Mask must stop him and save Peggy, Charlie and Milo.
33"Baby's Wild Ride"Dean StefanAugust 19, 1995 (1995-08-19)
Baby-sitting turns difficult when the infant acquires the Mask and joins a biker gang, whose leader is posing as children's entertainer Barnaby the Dinosaur.
44"The Terrible Twos"Ernie JonAugust 26, 1995 (1995-08-26)
Lt. Kellaway handcuffs himself to Stanley to prove that he is The Mask, and Stanley must go to elaborate lengths to get away when mutants Putty Thing and Fish Guy go on a rampage.
55"Sister Mask"Henry GilroySeptember 2, 1995 (1995-09-02)
Pretorius creates a "sister mask" that turns The Mask into a living puppet, in order to use him to steal meteorite fragments with unusual properties.
66"Shadow of a Skillit"Ernie JonSeptember 9, 1995 (1995-09-09)
The vitality-stealing Skillit comes to Edge City to steal the shadows of Charlie, Peggy, and Milo, and only The Mask can stop him.
77"Bride of Pretorius"Steve RobertsSeptember 16, 1995 (1995-09-16)
Stanley dates a shy, quiet co-worker named Evelyn, who becomes a loud, man-hungry woman when she stumbles upon the mask. Meanwhile, Pretorious looks for a female companion.
88"Double Reverse"Henry GilroySeptember 23, 1995 (1995-09-23)
A reverse therapy treatment helps Stanley deprive the mask of its power by acting uninhibited in his normal life, but must get the mask working again when the villain Kablamus threatens the city.
99"Shrink Rap"Steve RobertsSeptember 30, 1995 (1995-09-30)
Stanley gives the mask to Dr. Neuman, who puts it on and teams up with Pretorius, who wants to nuke the city in order to take a flash photograph of an alien race's planet.
1010"Mayor Mask"Dean StefanOctober 7, 1995 (1995-10-07)
Frustrated by the city's mismanagement, Stanley puts on the mask hoping to teach Mayor Tilton a lesson. Instead, The Mask announces his candidacy for Mayor of Edge City. Initially objecting, Stanley has to make sure his alter ego wins when he discovers that Pretorius has taken Tilton's place for a diabolical plan.
1111"Martian Mask"Steve RobertsOctober 14, 1995 (1995-10-14)
Mistakenly believing The Mask is an alien seeking to take over the planet, FBI agents try to capture him. Meanwhile, Putty Thing and Fish Guy go on a road trip.
1212"How Much Is That Dog in the Tin Can?"John ArcudiOctober 21, 1995 (1995-10-21)
Milo puts on The Mask to battle an insane dogcatcher named Willamina Bubask who is capturing dogs for a (somewhat) sinister purpose. Meanwhile, Walter stalks Stanley at Cheap Chucky's Chili Cook-Off.
1313"All Hallow's Eve"Henry GilroyOctober 28, 1995 (1995-10-28)
On Halloween night, Skillit escapes from reform school to get revenge on The Mask, and reanimates the corpses of three of Stanley's predecessors: Atilla the Hun, Billie the Kid and an evil wizard called Nilrem.
1414"Santa Mask"Dean StefanNovember 4, 1995 (1995-11-04)
The villains in Edge City (namely Kablamus, Walter, the Terrible Two, Don Julovit, and Dynamite Joe) disguise themselves as Santa Claus to commit crimes. The Mask must save Christmas by proving Santa's innocence even after a brief detour thwarting Pretorius's plans to capture Santa.
1515"Split Personality"Alexx Van DyneNovember 11, 1995 (1995-11-11)
The mask breaks in half during Walter's attempt to steal it, resulting in both Stanley and The Mask existing at the same time. When former bully Chet gets the other half, the two personalities must work together to piece the mask together.

Season 2 (1996–97)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleWritten byOriginal air date
161"A Comedy of Eras"Marty Isenberg and Robert N. SkirSeptember 7, 1996 (1996-09-07)
The Mask battles a mad female scientist named Dr. Amelia Chronos who sends Stanley to the era of the Salem Witch Trials where Stanley's only hope is to somehow locate the mask where he will have originally found it.
172"Goin' for the Green"Brooks WachtelSeptember 14, 1996 (1996-09-14)
After being humiliated by The Mask during an unveiling of his latest statue, Mayor Tilton seeks to reset the news cycle by recruiting Colonel Klaxon to create the Edge City Games. However, Klaxon stores nuclear waste underneath the city stadium which results in the creation of a swamp monster.
183"Flight as a Feather"Julia LewaldSeptember 21, 1996 (1996-09-21)
Hours before a Swedish karaoke contest at the Coco Bongo, The Mask loses his lucky fedora feather and races to recover it – while trying to avoid Kellaway and Doyle, Mayor Tilton's vengeful ex-girlfriend, a performance artist, Walter, and a mother bald eagle.
194"The Good, the Bad and the Fish Guy"Mark SeidenbergSeptember 28, 1996 (1996-09-28)
When Fish Guy acquires the mask, Stanley must convince Putty Thing to work with him before the city is destroyed.
205"Malled"Thomas HartOctober 5, 1996 (1996-10-05)
When Lonnie the Shark and his gang rob a bank at the new mega-mall, Milo must bring the Mask to Stanley who is caught in the crossfire.
216"Channel Surfin"Sib VentressOctober 12, 1996 (1996-10-12)
The Mask shifts through various television channels after being trapped inside a TV by Channel Surfer, who plots to brainwash the town into watching his favorite cult TV show, Pointy Peaks.
227"Mask au Gratin"Steve CudenOctober 19, 1996 (1996-10-19)
Stanley is hired to show Mrs. Peenman's archaeologist niece, Jennifer, around Edge City. Jennifer had unearthed an ancient amulet which curses her by the moonlight to turn into an evil cheese goddess named Gorgonzola, who turns anything and everything into cheese.
238"Jurassic Mask"John LudinOctober 26, 1996 (1996-10-26)
A nuclear-powered laser regenerator invented by Dr. Horace T. Proctor brings three animatronic dinosaurs to life. It is up to The Mask to stop the three dinosaurs before they wreck Edge City.
249"You Oughta Be in Pictures"Brooks WachtelNovember 2, 1996 (1996-11-02)
Sly Eastenegger, a famous action movie star, and his director choose Edge City to film his latest movie, and challenge The Mask over who will be the next action star. Meanwhile, Peggy discovers a stolen nuclear bomb that Eastenegger is plotting to use in the film.
2510"For All Mask-Kind"Adam GiladNovember 9, 1996 (1996-11-09)
Stanley is chosen to be the first average man to be sent into space with paranoid astronaut Gil Headstrong; The Mask comes along for the ride.
2611"Up the Creek"Ralph SollNovember 16, 1996 (1996-11-16)
The Mask steals The Eiffel Tower following his encounter with the Phony Frenchman and Mrs. Peenman uses the apartment as a tourist attraction. Charlie invites Stanley to a river-rafting trip where the two become unwilling grooms to hillbilly brides.
2712"Boogie with the Man"Richard StanleyNovember 23, 1996 (1996-11-23)
Stanley wishes he was as lucky as The Mask, and meets The Devil (disguised as a man named Bub), who gives Stanley his lucky break in exchange for his soul.
2813"What Goes Around Comes Around"Mel GildenNovember 30, 1996 (1996-11-30)
Dr. Amelia Chronos returns and puts Stanley (and The Mask) in a time loop in which they are doomed to repeat the same half-hour.
2914"All Hail the Mask"Stephen LeviDecember 7, 1996 (1996-12-07)
During a trip to a Pacific island, The Mask encounters a tribe who worship him as a god, and who plot to sacrifice him.
3015"Power of Suggestion"Sib Ventress and Tracy BernaDecember 14, 1996 (1996-12-14)
Stanley is hypnotized during Edge City's Fluff Ball, but Kablamus interrupts before the hypnotist reverses the spell. Kablamus then uses Stanley (and The Mask) to get back at Mayor Tilton for not choosing him as the grand marshal of the Fluff Parade.
3116"Mr. Mask Goes to Washington"Thomas HartDecember 21, 1996 (1996-12-21)
After saving the US President from being crushed by falling debris, The Mask becomes a presidential bodyguard, though a staff member doesn't trust him.
3217"Rain of Terror"John Benke, Rob Humphrey, Jim PetersonDecember 28, 1996 (1996-12-28)
Disrespected weatherman Fritz Drizzle becomes a supervillain named The Tempest, whose attacks upon the city interrupt The Mask's night out.
3318"The Mother of All Hoods"Marty Isenberg and Robert N. SkirJanuary 4, 1997 (1997-01-04)
The Mask humiliates Kellaway on a police reality TV show, leading him to prove himself by going on a stakeout where he uncovers a plot by Hood to have the mayor kidnapped.
3419"To Bee or Not to Bee"Steve CudenJanuary 11, 1997 (1997-01-11)
Disgraced beekeeper Buzz Stingman becomes human–bee mutant The Stinger, whose appetite for honey prompts him to brainwash the populace into manufacturing honey for him.
3520"Love Potion No. 8 ½"Steven Melching and David McDermottJanuary 18, 1997 (1997-01-18)
Stanley buys a love potion from Madam Suspiria, but accidentally spills it on his landlady, Mrs. Peenman, resulting in himself, The Mask, and several others becoming attracted to her.
3621"Cool Hand Mask"Richard StanleyJanuary 25, 1997 (1997-01-25)
The Mask is framed for stealing from a charity and is sent to prison. Pretorius then initiates his plan to take over Edge City through its electrical devices.
3722"Broadway Malady"Ralph SollFebruary 1, 1997 (1997-02-01)
Broadway director Sir Andrew Bedwetter creates a musical based on Mad Monkey which brings an end to the action movie franchise, enraging The Mask who crashes opening night. Bedwetter snaps and creates a new musical featuring The Mask's past enemies (Channel Surfer, the Terrible Two, Walter, Kablamus, and Phoney Frenchman) and an animatronic monkey as the all-star cast.
3823"Enquiring Masks Want to Know"Mel GildenFebruary 8, 1997 (1997-02-08)
Stanley takes the place of Peggy's photographer who quits following The Mask's fight with the Terrible Two. Peggy then sees a career-boosting story when Skillit unleashes his cryptoid toys: his version of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster.
3924"Future Mask"Diane M. FrescoFebruary 15, 1997 (1997-02-15)
The Mask travels through time to the 23rd century to find the robot who ripped his trousers, but soon becomes involved in a war over the mask between megalomaniacal future mayor Government Guy and a team of rebels.
4025"Sealed Fate"Tracy BernaFebruary 22, 1997 (1997-02-22)
Stanley has to sell Putterware food-storage products to pay The Mask's bills, but Peggy learns that the leftovers are coming to life.
4126"(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Green Mask"Marty Isenberg and Robert N. SkirMarch 1, 1997 (1997-03-01)
The Mask and Lt. Kellaway are killed by The Phony Frenchman's bomb and a council of angels compare their lives to determine which will gain entrance to Heaven. When Kellaway proves that The Mask is Stanley, the angelic council reveals a horrible secret about themselves.
4227"Mutiny of the Bounty Hunters"Steve CudenMarch 8, 1997 (1997-03-08)
Stanley babysits for his neighbor again, and the baby pursues a pet bird. Meanwhile, Pretorious hires bounty hunters Tex Clobber and Baxter Simon to help him capture The Mask.
4328"Convention of Evil"Dean StefanMarch 15, 1997 (1997-03-15)
During a group therapy session with by Dr. Neuman, the criminals Pretorius, Gorgonzola, Lonnie the Shark, Pete, Bub, The Tempest, The Stinger, and others discuss the many times The Mask has thwarted their plans. (Clip show)
4429"The Green Marine"Thomas HartMarch 22, 1997 (1997-03-22)
The Mask is court martialed for his unorthodox actions while serving in the US Marines, involving Lonnie the Shark's theft of a battleship.
4530"Counterfeit Mask"Alexx Van DyneMarch 29, 1997 (1997-03-29)
Stanley is accused of counterfeiting money after mistakenly taking a smuggler's luggage at the airport. Meanwhile, Peggy gets her hands on The Mask and fulfills her dream of being glamorous, which includes ensnaring Lt Kellaway in marriage.

Season 3 (1997)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleWritten byOriginal air date
461"Magic"Steve RobertsJuly 5, 1997 (1997-07-05)
Stanley reunites with his high school crush, Davida Steelmine, who is now a magician and master thief.
472"Little Big Mask"Thomas HartJuly 12, 1997 (1997-07-12)
The Mask creates an anti-aging cream, which makes him (and Stanley) younger by the minute.
483"Fantashtick Voyage"Bob ArdielJuly 19, 1997 (1997-07-19)
A computer virus named Cybermite infects Milo, and The Mask goes inside Milo's body to stop it.
494"They Came from Within"Alexx Van DyneJuly 26, 1997 (1997-07-26)
The Mask is sucked into a comic book world where the evil Dark Star Trio mistakes Lt. Kellaway for their archenemy Galactic Avenger.
505"To Have and Have Snot"Alexx Van DyneAugust 2, 1997 (1997-08-02)
Pretorius uses Peggy's phlegm to create a giant mucus monster that infects the people of Edge City. Stanley learns that having a cold while wearing the mask has unpredictable and ultimately fatal side effects.
516"Mystery Cruise"Henry GilroyAugust 9, 1997 (1997-08-09)
Stanley, Milo, Peggy, Charlie, Mrs. Peenman, Lt. Kellaway, and Doyle are tricked into boarding a cruise to celebrate The Mask's birthday. Pretorius uses the ship to test his latest weapon, planning to create a tsunami and destroy Edge City.
527"The Goofalotatots"John ArcudiAugust 16, 1997 (1997-08-16)
Stanley as The Mask meets his favorite cartoon characters The Goofalotatots: Stinko, Pinko, and Snot. What he doesn't know is that they're evil robot duplicates built by Pretorius in a plot to disable Edge City's officials.
538"When Pigs Ruled the Earth"J.D. SmithAugust 23, 1997 (1997-08-23)
The Mask and Peggy are sent to a future where pigs rule over mankind.
549"The Aceman Cometh"Duane CapizziAugust 30, 1997 (1997-08-30)

Stanley's dog Milo has his brain switched with a scientist and is then kidnapped by Pretorious. Stanley hires Ace Ventura, a pet detective, to help find him. Ace's pet monkey, Spike, steals the mask, and Stanley follows them to Miami to retrieve it.

Note: This episode is the first part of a crossover with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, concluding in that series' episode "Have Mask Will Travel".

Crossover[edit]

A two-part crossover between The Mask and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective – another animated series based on a Jim Carrey film – aired on August 30, 1997. The crossover begins with The Mask episode "The Aceman Cometh", and concludes with the Ace Ventura episode "Have Mask, Will Travel". At the time of the original airing, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective was running in the adjoining time slot immediately following The Mask in CBS's Saturday morning lineup. During the crossover, Stanley/The Mask and Ace retain their respective animation styles while appearing within the other's show. The crossover also serves as the series finale of The Mask and the second-season finale of Ace Ventura.

In "Have Mask, Will Travel", Stanley catches up to Ace in Miami just as he is recruited to solve a case on a space station, leading Stanley to become The Mask and join the investigation.

Controversy[edit]

The second-season episode, "Flight as a Feather", has never been broadcast on FOX Family channel, the North American version of Cartoon Network, and CBS (though CBS only aired seasons one and three of the show) due to the sequence in which Mayor Tilton signs a deal between Edge City and Bavariaville, which includes heavily implied nudity and references considered too adult for a TV-Y7 audience. This episode has been seen in syndication (on local affiliates for The WB and UPN as well as part of the Bohbot Kids Network, a syndicated line-up of cartoons from the late 1990s) and on international broadcasts in both English and non-English speaking countries (particularly in Mexico, the UK, Australia, and Eastern Europe).

During the episode, the ceremony is interrupted by a woman named Cookie BaBoom. According to the mayor's aide, she is an exotic danger (he nearly says "stripper") and the mayor dated her. Cookie throws off her trenchcoat to reveal dynamite strapped across her bust and waist like a tube top and micro-miniskirt, and implies that she's going to kill herself along with the mayor because he dumped her. The Mask thwarts her plan by impersonating a bartender and creating a drink called "the bikini cocktail" by using the dynamite as the main ingredient, removing it from her body and sending her spinning like a top, her body a blur. When Kellaway and Doyle try to capture The Mask, he stops Cookie from spinning, with her front facing them (unseen by the viewer), and the police faint from the sight. The Mask then asks Cookie if he knows her from traffic school, but the rest of the line cuts away (some fans have suggested the cut was done to edit a suggestive punchline).

Principal voice cast[edit]

  • Rob Paulsen – Stanley Ipkiss/The Mask, Baker (in "Malled"), Pretorius' Henchman (in "Mayor Mask")
  • Tim Curry – Pretorius
  • Jim Cummings – Detective Doyle, Joe Blow/Kablamus, Bank President, War Machine, Colonel Beauregard Klaxon, Art Nouveau, Crisco the Performance Artist, Cybermite, Agent X (in "Martian Mask"), Attila the Hun (in "All Hallow's Eve"), Barnaby the Dinosaur (in "Baby's Wild Ride"), Billy Bo Bob (in "Up the Creek"), Commissioner Ben Gothan (in "The Goofalotatots"), Crusco (in "Flight as a Feather"), Customer (in "Flight as a Feather"), Delivery Man (in "Cool Hand Mask"), Dr. Maius (in "When Pigs Rule the Earth"), Football Announcer (in "Mr. Mask Goes to Washington"), News Anchor (in "To Have or Have Snot"), PA Announcer (in "Malled"), Pedestrian (in "Shrink Rap"), Police Dispatch (in "The Mask is Always Greener on the Other Side" Pt. 2, "Counterfeit Mask"), Police Officer (in "Mask Au Gratin," "Mystery Cruise"), Prison Guard (in "Cool Hand Mask"), Remote-Controlled Gorilla (in "Broadway Malady"), Robber (in "The Mask is Always Greener on the Other Side" Pt. 1), Santa Claus (in "Santa Mask")
  • Tress MacNeille – Mrs. Peenman, Mother (in "Shrink Rap"), Old Lady (in "Flight as a Feather")
  • Kevin Michael Richardson – Mayor Mortimer Tilton, Government Guy's Mask Form, Garbage Man (in "Jurassic Mask"), General Rod (in "When Pigs Ruled the Earth"), Greenfield (in "Mr. Mask Goes to Washington"), Jed Jigsen Jededine (in "Up the Creek"), Pretorius' Henchman (in "Mayor Mask"), Tribal Chief (in "All Hail the Mask")
  • Neil Ross – Lt. Mitch Kellaway, Sly Eastenegger, Prosecutor (in "The Green Marine")
  • Heidi Shannon – Peggy Brandt
  • Ben Stein – Dr. Arthur Newman
  • Mark L. Taylor – Charlie Schumacher
  • Frank Welker – Milo, Baby Forthwright, Congo Bongo Bouncer, Pepe, Riptide, Government Guy, Baker (in "Malled"), Bald Eagle (in "Flight as a Feather"), Bear (in "A Comedy of Errors"), Bigfoot (in "Enquiring Masks Want to Know"), Bulldog (in "Up the Creek"), Chef Luigi (in "Love Potion #8 1/2"), Dr. Sammy Namulus Jr. (in "Enquiring Masks Want to Know"), Edge City's Most Wanted Host (in "How Much is that Dog in the Tin Can?"), Esmerelda the Poodle (in "Bride of Pretorius"), Freddy (in "Enquiring Masks Want to Know"), General (in "For All Mask-Kind"), Hazmat Agent (in "Martian Mask"), Leftover Monsters (in "Sealed Fate"), Loch Ness Monster (in "Enquiring Masks Want to Know"), Milrum (in "All Hallow's Eve"), Mozart the Talking Dog (in "Sister Mask"), Mutated Hamburger Meat (in "Mayor Mask"), Nowhere Mart Clerk (in "Martian Mask"), Ostrich (in "Magic"), Patient (in "Little Big Mask"), Pinko (in "The Goofalotatots"), Police Officer (in "Double Reverse," "Malled"), Poodles (in "Love Potion #8 1/2"), Pretzel Salesman (in "Mask Au Gratin"), Reform School Guard (in "All Hallow's Eve"), Ship Captain (in "Mystery Cruise"), Snapper the Parrot (in "Mutiny of the Bounty Hunters"), Super Cold Virus (in "To Have and Have Snot"), Warden (in "Cool Hand Mask")

Additional voices[edit]

Crew[edit]

  • Gary Hartle – Producer
  • Christopher Neal Nelson – Music score, main title theme
  • Keith Baxter – Main title theme
  • Ginny McSwain – Voice director
  • Rob Paulsen – Theme song performer

Home releases[edit]

VHS[edit]

Six VHS volumes of the series were gradually released from 1995 to 1996, all of which are now out of print.

Title Episodes featured
The Mask is Always Greener on the Other Side Pilot: "The Mask is Always Greener on the Other Side" Parts 1 and 2
Baby's Wild Ride "Baby's Wild Ride" and "The Terrible Twos"
S-s-somebody Stop Me! "Sister Mask" and "Shadow of a Skillit"
Milo Mask "How Much Is That Dog in the Tin Can?" and "Martian Mask"
Mayor Mask (Released only in Australia and Russia) "Mayor Mask" and "Double Reverse"
Split Personality (Released only in Australia and Russia) "Shrink Rap" and "Split Personality"

DVD[edit]

Upon the initial DVD release of Son of the Mask, Wal-Mart stores sold an exclusive 2-pack of the movie with the two-part pilot episode of the animated series.[5]

On April 10, 2018, Warner Bros. released the first season on DVD.[6]

Syndication[edit]

After the series ended its run on CBS, it started airing in syndication, mostly on local affiliates and Cartoon Network from 1997 to 1998. Then it aired on the Fox Family Channel from 1998 to 2000 (with "Flight as a Feather" removed due to risqué content).[citation needed] Since 2000, it hasn't been seen in the United States.[citation needed] In Australia, it has been rerun sporadically on Boomerang.[citation needed]

Merchandise[edit]

Taco Bell distributed toys based on the cartoon for a short period of time in 1997. In South Africa, the Spur franchise used to give out Mask toys with the kiddies burger.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1997). The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television. Watson-Guptill Publications. p. 280. ISBN 978-0823083152. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 533–534. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  3. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 381. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  4. ^ "Rob Paulsen (Animaniacs) on "Donny & Marie"". YouTube. 2007-04-02. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  5. ^ "The Mask DVD news: Walmart Exclusive Release". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on 2013-11-17. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  6. ^ At Last: 'The Complete 1st Season' of the Cartoon Spin-Off from the Film!

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