Sunday, July 17, 2011

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: The Mask (1994)

After leaving In Living Color, Jim Carrey became one of the hottest commodities in Hollywood, and three of his films were later transitioned into Saturday morning cartoons.

The Mask, which began as a comic book series from Dark Horse Comics, debuted on CBS in August of 1994, the early start likely because of the US Open tennis tournament. Carrey didn't reprise his role as mild-mannered Stanley Ipkiss, aka The Mask, but then again, he didn't do the animated adaptations of Ace Ventura, Pet Detective or Dumb & Dumber, either. Rob Paulsen was cast as Ipkiss, and also sings the show's theme song:

The Mask later transitioned into weekday syndication before being picked up on cable for a time. Series creator John Arcudi wrote two episodes of the series, and it's clear he drew his inspiration for the series from Tex Avery's manic shorts for MGM & WB in the Golden Age. Sadly, the series has not been seen in several years.

Rating: B.

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