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The Mask: Animated Series
Based on
Developed byDuane Capizzi
Directed byRussell Calabrese
Voices of
Theme music composer
  • Keith Baxter
  • Christopher Neal Nelson
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes54
Executive producers
ProducerGary Hartle
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseAugust 12, 1995 (1995-08-12) –
August 30, 1997 (1997-08-30)
The Mask
Son of the Mask

The Mask: Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the 1994 film of the same title.[2] The series aired for a total of three seasons and fifty-four episodes from August 12, 1995, to August 30, 1997.[3] 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.[4]


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 and never mentioned. 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 and are never even mentioned (nor the mob).

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."[5][relevant?]


Main characters

Recurring characters


Other characters

Parodies of other comics

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Villains were often parodies from DC Comics or Marvel Comics and The Mask due to being a fan of superhero comic books transforms into several forms that are parodies of either DC or Marvel, such as him becoming Supermask and Super Salad Man (a spoof of Superman), or 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) Putty Thing (spoof of the Batman: The Animated Series version of Clayface, portrayed as a dumb teenager rather than an angry, jaded actor), and Davida Steelmine (spoof of Zatanna). In the "Sister Mask" episode, Pretorius hunts meteorites that each give the power of a member of the Fantastic Four.


Series overview

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

Season 1 (1995)

No. in
TitleWritten byOriginal air date
1–21–2"The Mask Is Always Greener on the Other Side (Parts 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, Billy 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' 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)

No. in
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. SkirFebruary 28, 1997 (1997-02-28)
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 7, 1997 (1997-03-07)
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 14, 1997 (1997-03-14)
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 21, 1997 (1997-03-21)
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 28, 1997 (1997-03-28)
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)

No. in
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".


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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.


The series premiered its second season in first-run syndication, mostly on local affiliates, while airing on CBS. It later aired on the Fox Family Channel from 1999 to 2000 (with "Flight as a Feather" removed due to risqué content).[6] Since 2000, the show has not been seen in reruns on any channel in the U.S. or Canada.[citation needed] The show has rerun sporadically on Cartoon Network and Boomerang channels in other countries [citation needed], with some markets skipping over the season two episode "Flight as a Feather" due to risqué content.

Home media


Seven 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 abridged into one episode
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"
Shrink Rap (Released in the UK only) "Shrink Rap"
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"


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.[7]

On April 10, 2018, Warner Bros. released the first season on DVD.[8]

The series is also available on iTunes, Amazon Video, YouTube, and Google Play. All episodes are separated into all three seasons and are also featured in an entire collection entitled The Mask: The Complete Series.


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.


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  1. ^ Animation outsourced to Cuckoos' Nest Studio, Daewon Media, Philippine Animation Studio, Plus One Animation, and Wang Film Productions.