Trivia / The Mask

  • Recursive Adaptation: The Mask: Official Movie Adaptation (comics -> movie -> comics) and Adventures of the Mask, which was based on the animated series (comics -> movie -> TV series -> comics).

The 1994 film

  • Acting for Two: A very interesting example of this trope. Jim Carrey is even credited as "Stanley Ipkiss/The Mask".
  • Actor Allusion: The picture of Kellaway's wife is Marion Wormer from Animal House, which also starred Peter Riegert.
  • Actor-Inspired Element: The Mask's banana-yellow zoot suit was based on an outfit Jim Carrey's mother made for him to wear in his early standup days.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: One of the reasons Jim Carrey agreed to do the film was because he, like Stanley, loved cartoons.
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • Yes, that is Jim Carrey singing "Cuban Pete". (That is not, however, Cameron Diaz singing in the nightclub, as anyone who has seen My Best Friend's Wedding can attest.) Both Carrey and Diaz did all of their own dancing, Jim even helped choreograph the "Cuban Pete" number.
    • He also lives up to his nickname of "Rubber Face" when Stanley first becomes The Mask. CGI was used to distort the mask on his face, but the wacky, cartoonish faces? All Jim Carrey.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • The Vikings burying the chest containing the mask on an American beach.
    • Peggy's death after betraying Stanley, where Dorian (who has the Mask on) hurls Peggy into a printing press, gets mashed inside of it, and comes out as a bloodied newspaper reporting her death. Because of that, Peggy just disappeared from the plot after getting her money and didn't get what she deserved, though, had they kept that scene in, it probably would have given the movie an "R" rating, and there would be a Continuity Snarl in the animated series, where Peggy is alive and well, and still remembers the time she betrayed Stanley.
    • An extended scene concerning The Mask's confrontation with a street gang.
    • An early workprint of the movie can be found online which has more extended/deleted scenes not available on the DVD. One of which is a scene that shows Stanley getting dropped off by his apartment after finding The Mask in the Edge City river, and is immediately confronted by the same street gang that he would see again shortly as The Mask. The gang's leader asks Stanley for the time so he can steal his watch, foreshadowing how Stanley would soon get payback on him as The Mask when asked the same question.
      • With that in mind, remember this exchange?
    Mrs. Peenman: Ipkiss! Do you have any idea what time it is?!
    Ipkiss: Actually, no.
  • Doing It for the Art: Carrey went to the extra trouble of practicing how to talk/act while wearing the Mask's enormous fake teeth, to enhance the comedic effect. Production had at first assumed that these scenes would be filmed with no sound from the Mask and dubbed later.
    • In general, the filmmakers ended saving a lot of money in special effects because of Carrey's talent for cartoonish gesticulation.
  • Executive Meddling: Very surprisingly inverted, at least if one listens to the DVD commentaries/behind the scenes material. Chuck Russell — director of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors stated that New Line was interested in developing "The Mask" along the lines of the comic books; this would have become, according to Russell, "the next Freddy Krueger". But, he noted, that draft after draft of the more comics-faithful adaptation simply did not work. So, he fought valiantly to make "The Mask" as a comedy; the Cuban Pete sequence is one of the few elements that survived until the final cut.
  • Fake American: Canadian-born Jim Carrey plays Stanley Ipkiss.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Cameron Diaz's singing is dubbed over by voice actress Susan Boyd.
  • Star-Making Role:
  • Throw It In!:
    • The Mask pulling out a condom in the balloon making scene was an addition by Jim Carrey.
    • He also improvised the heart-shaped cigarette puff (and arrow shot from his nose) during the Frenchman scene, making it a rare instance of an ad-libbed special effect!
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The Mask was originally gonna be exactly like the comic. Executive Meddling prevented that from happening because Jim Carrey was playing the title role and the scriptwriter found that a faithful adaptation wouldn't work.
    • There were plans for an actual sequel (not, Son of the Mask, mind you). One idea was that Lt. Kellaway finds the mask, dons it, and becomes the next villain. Furthermore, Nintendo Power actually had a contest that whoever won could appear in the film as an extra. They Lampshaded this in their final issue.
      NP: To whoever won that contest: sorry.
    • At one point, the studio worked with the idea of making the sequel about a woman (possibly Peggy) wearing the Mask.
    • According to the DVD commentary, Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, and Matthew Broderick were a few of the actors considered to play Stanley Ipkiss/The Mask.

The animated series:

  • Actor Allusion: In Bub's second appearance in the series, he at one point calls The Mask a "Neanderthal Ninny", which was one of the many insults Dr. Smith would use on Lost in Space.
    • Skillit looks a bit like a darker, more twisted version of Peter Pan from Peter Pan & the Pirates. (Heck, they even have similar powers, and The Mask at one point told Skillit to "Tell it to Tinkerbell".) This was most likely intentional, since they're both voiced by Jason Marsden.
  • Banned Episode: "Flight as a Feather" has never aired on FOX Family Channel, the American version of Cartoon Network and Boomerang (the overseas versions have aired it), and CBS, for obvious reasons.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: The season two premiere episode, "A Comedy of Eras" has been listed on some TV episode websites as being about The Mask meeting comic actors Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, and Jim Carrey. It's actually about The Mask going against a mad female scientist named Chronos who can manipulate time.
  • Crossover: With the Ace Ventura cartoon ("The Aceman Cometh" and the Ace Ventura episode "Have Mask, Will Travel"). The Mexican dub resulted in a case of Talking to Himself as both Stanley/The Mask and Ace Ventura were voiced by the same person.
  • Expy: Doyle (Lt. Kellaway's partner) looks like a cleaned-up, less pathetic (but still kind of dim) version of Bill Dauterive from King of the Hill
    • Although since this cartoon predates that series, wouldn't that make Bill the expy of Doyle?
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: There are only three VHS releases (back when VHS video and VCRs were popular) and the two-part episode "The Mask is Always Greener on the Other Side" was released on DVD along with The Mask around the time that Son of the Mask was released in theaters. Other than that, the entire series hasn't been released officially on DVD (it was announced that the show would see a DVD release in 2013 thanks to Shout! Factory but as of 2016 the set never materialized with no word as to why). All is not lost though — most of the episodes are available via torrent downloading and on video websites like YouTube and Dailymotion and the show did rerun on Cartoon Network and Boomerang channels in the UK and Australia.
  • The Other Darrin: Stanley/The Mask is played here by Rob Paulsen, who described it as "playing Jim Carrey for less money."
  • Recycled: The Series: A cartoon adaptation of a PG-13 Jim Carrey movie (two similar series that fit this description include "Ace Ventura: The Animated Series" - with which this show had a Crossover - and the short-lived cartoon adaptation of "Dumb And Dumber")
  • Role Reprisal: In the French dub, Emmanuel Curtil (Jim Carrey's official French dub voice actor) voices Stanley Ipkiss/the Mask, reprising his role from the movie.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The theme song's melody is very similar to "Hey Pachucho!" by Royal Crown Revue, an unofficial theme of the movie, but not quite the same.
  • What Could Have Been: The writers had plans for an episode involving the deceased spirits of Dorian Tyrell and crime boss Nico to return to Edge City and engage in a mob war from beyond the grave, with further plans to have actor Peter Greene return to reprise his role as Dorian. The show's cancellation ultimately canned this idea.