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(1994-2005 Film Series)
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1. The Mask (1994)
2. Son of the Mask (2005)
Films: "The Mask" was based very loosely upon the comics
from Dark Horse Comics. It wasn't an extremely popular character
like Spider-Man or Superman, but it did have a following. Enough
of a following that someone had the idea to make it into a movie with
Jim Carrey, who had just become a superstar with "Ace Ventura: Pet
Detective" (1994). Even today, more people know about this film
than they do the comics. The movie certainly took on a life of
wasn't the best thing for the series. A sequel was talked about
as soon as the first movie became a hit in theaters. However, it
took 11 years for another film to be made. Fans had to wait too
long, and "The Mask" missed its mark. That, and the fact that the
second film had nothing to do with the first (save for the mask itself)
disappointed the masses. Jim Carrey declined to reprise his role, so the
commercial success of the next film already had a black mark against
it. To the credit of the sequel's filmmakers, at least they
didn't try to recast Jim Carrey's character. Rather, they created
a whole new world for "The Mask".
didn't understand about "The Mask" saga in comics is that it always
went from one person to another, creating new green-faced characters
and different problems. Film audiences really didn't care.
As one egghead critic so rudely said on television about "Son of the
Mask": "It's a Jim Carrey movie without Jim Carrey...so who
"Son of the Mask"
didn't deserve to flop like it did. It did, in fact, become one
of the most notorious movie bombs in cinema history. What makes
this a sad tale is that the movie is actually quite good. It has
special effects that blow away the first film by a long shot.
Besides that, it's a really interesting and original story. This
simply isn't a remake of the first movie; it's a whole new tale.
Jim Carrey's not in it, but like Egghead would say, "Who cares?".
The point of the
matter is whether you love it or hate it, "Son of the Mask" effectively
killed "The Mask" series. Jamie Kennedy took a lot of heat for it, and he
wasn't even bad. I like both movies. The second film
captures the same wacky spirit of the first film, plus it brings new
things to the fold. It's cool to finally see Loki, and we never
knew a baby could be born with powers of the mask.
(1994): I had never heard of the comic book character "The
Mask" from Dark Horse Comics before this movie came out. It
wasn't an extremely popular character like Spider-Man or Superman, but
it did have a following. I was surprised when this movie was
made, more surprised when it became a hit, and even more surprised when
I found out it was good! Even today, I think this movie is more
popular than the comics. This is when Jim Carrey made good movies.
The Mask has a lot of superhero qualities, but is he
a true superhero? Sure he's got a costume and superpowers, but
most of the time he's a mischief maker. He doesn't even become a
true hero until later in the film when he fights mobsters to rescue
Tina. But the Mask is a good person underneath his big
green face, so I guess he's a superhero of sorts.
Stanley Ipkiss, lowly bank clerk, finds a mysterious
wooden mask that brings out all his hidden desires and changes his
attitude. Since Stanley is a classic cartoon
enthusiast, everything he wants to be is like the cartoons and comes
out when he wears the mask. The funky yellow suit and all his
crazy cartoony powers stem from his persona.
Above all else, this movie is FUNNY. The
good guy wins out big time! It's really fun to watch and you feel
good after you see it. Not all superhero films have these
qualities, but they should. Cameron Diaz is at her hottest in
"The Mask". She's never looked better! Even now when I
think of Cameron Diaz I think of her in "The Mask"...not "Charlie's
Angels", not "There's Something About Mary"..."The Mask".
Jim Carrey as Stanley Ipkiss
Cameron Diaz as Tina Carlyle
Peter Riegert as Lt. Mitch Kellaway
Jim Doughan as Detective Doyle
Peter Greene as Dorian Tyrell
Amy Yasbeck as Peggy Brandt
Richard Jeni as Charlie Schumaker
Orestes Matacena as Niko
Ben Stein as Dr. Arthur Neuman
Max as Milo the Dog
Blake Clark as Murray
Joely Fisher as Maggie
Kevin Grevioux as Henchman #7
- Jim Carrey received $450,000 for this film.
He signed the deal for "The Mask" before "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective"
became a surprise hit. "The Mask" became an even bigger hit
grossing well over $300 million worldwide in theaters alone!
- This film was made on a budget of just $18
million...and grossed an outstanding sum of over $351 million
worldwide. The sequel, made on a huge budget of $80 million, made
only $57 million worldwide.
- Cameron Diaz, now a big star, got the lowest star
billing of anyone in this movie. Check out the end credits!
This is the film that "introduces" her. She was such an important
character that she should have received much higher notice.
- Cameron Diaz's singing voice was dubbed by Susan
- As soon as this film became a hit in theaters, a
sequel was already being planned. It was to be called, "The Mask
II". Jim Carrey declined to reprise his role, and the project was
- The original script of the film called for the
character of Peggy Brandt to be killed; she was going to be thrown into
the newspaper presses. However, the scenes were taken out and
rewritten because Jim Carrey and Amy Yasbeck were both wanted for the
- If you read the comic book adaptation of "The
Mask" movie from Dark Horse, you'll see that Peggy Brandt's death scene
was used. I find it bizarre, knowing how the movie played out,
and I'm sure a lot of other readers think so, too.
- Peggy Brandt's death scene is one of the deleted
scenes now available on DVD releases.
- Another known deleted scene is that of the
Vikings burying Loki's mask on shore.
- It is believed that a scene was filmed, but
deleted, of Stanley Ipkiss being mugged by the gang that he later
encounters in "Mask" form. This was to have happened right before
he returns home to see a cranky Mrs. Peenman. It would explain
why Ipkiss looks roughed up and why he had no watch.
- Anna Nicole Smith was originally wanted for the
role of Tina Carlyle, but was passed over for Cameron Diaz. I
think they made the better choice!
- This film was originally meant to be horror, like
the comics. It became a comedy when Jim Carrey was attached.
- Jim Carrey was attracted to the role because,
like Stanley Ipkiss, he is also a fan of cartoons.
- There were a ton of creative liberties made from
the comics in this film. "The Mask" comics from Dark Horse are
kind of different. They're sort of funny, but dark. Very
- In "The Mask" comics, Stanley Ipkiss goes insane
and commits suicide. For a time, Lt. Kellaway becomes "The Mask".
the Mask (2005): I don't care what the critics say, I like
this movie. I don't see anything wrong with it at all. The
first film was awesome, and it would have been great to see Jim Carrey
again, but this movie is cool all by itself. Besides the general
wacky spirit of "The Mask", this movie bears little resemblance to the
first film. Tim Avery, the hero of the movie, wears the mask only
twice; once at the beginning and once at the end, but in rather long
sequences. The dog of this movie wears the mask a LOT. If
you loved the "Mask Milo" sequence of the first movie, you'll really
get a kick out of the "Mask Otis" moments in this movie. The
biggest twist to this saga is the fact that the hero's son is born with
the powers of the mask. He can do all the crazy stuff he wants
without having to wear Loki's invention. Another thing I find
very cool is the presence of Loki, himself (played by Alan
Cumming). An angry Odin (chief of the Norse gods), sends Loki
down to Earth to recover the dangerous mask. Loki ultimately
crosses paths with Tim Avery and the cartoony antics really fly.
This movie isn't as laugh-out-loud funny as the
first, but it has a more sensational story and special effects that
outclass its predecessor by a mile. The cast is awesome, and I
just have a really fun time watching it. If you're up for a movie
that's pure spectacle, you must see "Son of the Mask".
Jamie Kennedy as Tim Avery
Alan Cumming as Loki
Traylor Howard as Tonya Avery
Bob Hoskins as Odin
Liam & Ryan Falconer as Alvey Avery
Steven Wright as Daniel Moss
Ben Stein as Dr. Arthur Neuman
Bear as Otis the Dog
- Nothing is mentioned of the events of the first
- There are many nods made to the first
movie. For instance, the location in the first film was Edge
City. In this movie it was Fringe City.
- The name of the dog in the first film is
Milo. The name of the dog in this movie is Otis. This is a
play on the film title of "The Adventures of Milo & Otis".
- Ben Stein, as Dr. Neuman, is the only actor to
appear in both movies (and the cartoon series).
- As a fetus, Alvey does the "Cuban Pete" routine
from the first movie.
- In the first film, the hero has a great love for
cartoons. In this movie, the hero is an aspiring cartoon animator.
- The cartoons of famous animator Tex Avery was a
big influence on the style of the first film. The hero's name in
this movie is Tim Avery.
- Fringe City is located 270 miles South of Edge
- This is one of four movies (so far) that is a
sequel to a film Jim Carrey starred in and which he did not participate
in any manner. The other movies are: Dumb and Dumberer: When
Harry Met Lloyd, Evan Almighty, and Ace Ventura, Jr.: Pet Detective.
- This movie was made on a budget of $80
million...and grossed just $57 million worldwide (in theaters).