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The comic book series

  • Bonus Material: Vol.2 of the Omnibus included the short stories of Dark Horse Presents and A Decade of Dark Horse compilations apart of the main series.
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  • Early-Bird Release: The first mini-series is considered this, being part of the Mayhem magazine as one of the new comic books Dark Horse was making. This was later compiled as The Mask #0.
  • Franchise Killer: The Son of the Mask movie was the reason why Dark Horse stopped making The Mask comic books. Or at least until 2014's Itty Bitty Mask.
  • He Also Did:
    • One of the creators of The Mask, Doug Mahnke, was a young promise of Dark Horse, but wasn't until he moved to DC Comics that he really became famous, working on big titles such as Justice League, Green Lantern and Batman, to name a few. He also worked for Wild Storm in Stormwatch, Team Zero and the Crisis Crossover Worldstorm.
    • Itty Bitty Mask, as well the Itty Bitty series for Dark Horse, was made by Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani, the creators of DC's Tiny Titans.
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  • Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros.": The movie adaptation is far better known, leading to surprise when people learn the comics came first.
  • What Could Have Been: There was an interquel planned that would fill in the time between Kathy getting the Mask by killing Ipkiss in The Mask #0 and the first series, but didn't see the light.

The 1994 film

  • 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.
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    • 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, before a series of red-stained newspapers are printed with a fake story reporting her death. Because of that, Peggy disappears from the plot after getting her money and didn't get what she deserved. It was removed because of fears it would be too dark for the film, and an unrealized plan to have her appear in a sequel that never came to fruition.
    • 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.
    • The workprint also makes Tina come across as much more cynical compared to the final cut, as added lines make it clear that she hates the fact she's been forced into recording the bank's security in the opening scene, but does so because I Did What I Had to Do (and tells Stanley this in Landfill Park). This would have made her later speech to Stanley at the jail have more dramatic weight behind it, and it would have been more obvious that she had a more romantic view of life by the ending.
    • The workprint also had an extended version of Dorian confronting Tina when she tries to leave town, where he heavily implies that he killed one of his previous girlfriends when she tried to leave him.
    Dorian: You know what happened to the last bitch that ran out on me? Do you?!
    Tina: No...
    Dorian: Nobody else does, either. And nobody ever will.
  • 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.
  • Dueling Dubs: In Spain, the film received two dubs: one for theatrical releases with Luis Posada as the voice of Jim Carrey and another for airplane screenings (yes, that is a practise although not very well known) with Antonio García Moral as Carrey. Thing is that when the film had its first Spanish DVD release, for unknown reasons they used the airplane screening dub for the Spanish audio track which was met with negative feedback. By the time, the film got a Blu-ray release and the distributor used the theatrical dub keeping the airplane dub for the DVD release. Curiously enough, both dubs feature Dionisio Macías in very different roles: Kellaway in the theatrical dub and Dorian in the airplane screening dub.
  • 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 film 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.
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  • 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 going to 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, the American versions of Cartoon Network or 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 The Animated Series ("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?
    • Both shows were also animated by Film Roman, presumably someone working on KOTH saw the Doyle model and used it as the basis for Bill.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: There are only three VHS releases (back when 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.
    • On April 10, 2018, Warner Archive released the first season on DVD, though no further seasons have been announced as of 2019.
  • 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.
    • In the English version, Ben Stein reprised his role as Dr. Neuman, the only actor from the movie to do so.
    • The European Spanish dub had all the voice actors reprising their roles from the film including Luis Posada as Stanley Ipkiss / The Mask. The sole exeption was Doyle who was voiced by Joaquín Muñoz instead of Miguel Rey.
  • 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.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Sly Eastenegger's Small Name, Big Ego tendencies are closer to the current conception of Tom Cruise than to Clint Eastwood (who's later career has largely been driven by Oscar Bait), Sylvester Stallone (who's roles in Rocky and Creed largely restored his reputation as a serious, dramatic actor) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (who, in addition to governing a state, has made it pretty clear he's in on the joke in regards to his over-the-top macho roles).
  • What Could Have Been: The writers had plans for an episode involving the deceased spirits of Dorian Tyrell and crime boss Niko 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.


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