Ace Ventura (franchise)
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|Created by||Jack Bernstein|
|Original work||Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)|
|Owned by||Warner Bros.|
|Films and television|
The Ace Ventura franchise consists of American detective-comedies, with two theatrical films, one made-for-television film, and one animated television series. The overall story, based on an original concept and story written by Jack Bernstein, follows the criminal investigations of the titular and comedic pet detective.
The first and second films were met with mixed reviews, were exceptional financially successful, and credited with launching the career of Jim Carrey. The two movies have earned the status of cult classics. Alternatively, the third film doesn't get much attention as it doesn't star Carrey.
Bernstein later acknowledged that the concept for the character of Ace Ventura, came from wanting to do a comedic version of Sherlock Holmes, and after watching the Stupid Pet Tricks segment on Late Night with David Letterman.
|Film||U.S. release date||Director(s)||Screenwriter(s)||Story by||Producer(s)|
|Ace Ventura: Pet Detective||February 4, 1994||Tom Shadyac||Jack Bernstein
and Tom Shadyac & Jim Carrey
|Jack Bernstein||James G. Robinson|
|Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls||November 10, 1995||Steve Oedekerk|
|Ace Ventura Jr.: Pet Detective||March 1, 2009||David Mickey Evans||Jason Heimberg, Justin Heimberg & Jeffery Sank
and David Mickey Evans
|Jason Heimberg, Justin Heimberg & Jeffery Sank||James G. Robinson and David Robinson|
|Directed by||Tom Shadyac|
David Mickey Evans
|Story by||Jack Bernstein|
|Based on||Characters created by Jack Bernstein|
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Ace Ventura is hired to rescue Snowflake, the bottlenose dolphin mascot of the Miami Dolphins. Despite his best efforts to save Dan Marino, Ace is also kidnapped. When Ace finds out a murder is connected, he soon begins to suspect that disgraced football player Ray Finkle is behind it all. However, Ace can't find Finkle, until Ace discovers that Finkle has been masquerading as Lt. Lois Einhorn.
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
Ace is dispatched to Africa to investigate the disappearance of a sacred white bat battling his fear of bats along the way.
Ace Ventura Jr.: Pet Detective (2009)
Ace Ventura, Jr. follows in his father's footsteps in being a pet detective. Years ago his father has disappeared, after voyage through the Bermuda Triangle. Now a number of animals go missing, and his mother is placed in jail after suspicion of guilt is ordered. Ace works with a number of friends to uncover the true culprit, and rescue his mother from conviction.
|First released||Last released|
|Ace Ventura: Pet Detective||1||13||December 9, 1995||April 27, 1996||Central Broadcasting System||Duane Capizzi||Released|
|2||13||November 7, 1996||August 30, 1997|
|3||15||October 29, 1999||February 4, 2000||Nickelodeon|
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1995–1997)
A followup/continuation animated series, titled Ace Ventura: Pet Detective - The Animated Series aired from December 1995 to February 2000. Created by Duane Capizzi for Warner Bros. Television, the first two seasons aired on CBS. In 1999 when reruns debuted on Nickelodeon, a third season was developed and aired. Many of the characters from the movie were retained, though voiced by a new cast. While the original movies had a strongly cartoon-style comedic aesthetic, the animated series is characterized by slapstick and children-friendly cartoon humor. Seth MacFarlane was among the writers over the course of the show's run, displaying similar humor to his later series.
The titular character, voiced by Canadian actor Michael Hall, continues his goofy antics as a private investigator for animals of all species. Despite running in a time slot after another popular Jim Carrey movie-based cartoon, The Mask: Animated Series, and debuting a crossover episode between the two series (with "The Aceman Cometh"), the series failed to garner enough views to be renewed. Ultimately, both The Mask and Ace Ventura were cancelled. A third season followed the cancellation, before once again being cancelled.
Cast and crew
- A V indicates the actor or actress lent only his or her voice for his or her film character.
- A dark gray cell indicates the character was not in the film.
When Nature Calls
|Ace Ventura Jr.:
|1994||1995||2009||1995 – 1997|
|Ace Ventura||Jim Carrey||Michael HallV|
|Melissa Robinson-Ventura||Courteney Cox||Ann Cusack|
Lt. Lois Einhorn
Uwe von Schamann
|Fulton Greenwall||Ian McNeice|
|The Grand Abbot||Arsenio "Sonny" Trinidad|
|Prince Ouda||Maynard Eziashi|
|Vincent Cadby||Simon Callow|
|Ace Ventura Jr.||Josh Flitter|
|Arnold "A-Plus" Plushinsky||Austin Rogers|
|Quenton Pennington, Sr.||Brian Patrick Clarke|
|Quenton Pennington, Jr.||Reed Alexander|
|Sgt. Aguado||John Capodice||Al WaxmanV|
|Mr. Shickadance||Mark Margolis||Vince CorazzaV|
|Ofc. Emilio||Tone Loc||Bruce TubbeV|
|Woodstock||Raynor Scheine||D.G. BeattyV|
|Ronald Camp||Udo Kier|
|Roger Podacter||Troy Evans|
|Burton Quinn||Bob Gunton|
|Wachati Princess||Sophie Okonedo|
|Wachati Chief||Damon Standifer|
|Rex Ventura||Ralph Waite|
|Dr. Sickinger||Cullen Douglas|
|Ira Newborn||Julio Macat||Don Zimmerman||Morgan Creek Entertainment||Warner Bros. Pictures|
When Nature Calls
|Robert Folk||Donald E. Thorin||Malcolm Campbell||Morgan Creek Entertainment, |
|Ace Ventura Jr.:
|Laura Karpman||Mark Irwin||Danny Saphire||Morgan Creek Entertainment,
Four Aces Productions
|Cartoon Network, |
Warner Home Video
Box office performance
|Film||Box office gross||Box office ranking||Home video
|North America||Other territories||Worldwide||All time
|All time |
|Ace Ventura: Pet Detective||$72,217,396||$35,000,000||$107,217,396||#1,127||#2,213||information not available||$12,000,000||$95,217,396|||
|Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls||$108,360,063||$104,039,937||$212,400,000||#651||#907||information not available||$30,000,000||$182,400,000|||
|Ace Ventura Jr.: Pet Detective||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||$117,421||$7,500,000||$109,000,000|||
Critical and public response
|Ace Ventura: Pet Detective||48% (60 reviews)||37/100 (14 reviews)||A-|
|Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls||31% (26 reviews)||45/100 (17 reviews)||B+|
|Ace Ventura: Pet Detective||not enough ratings
to calculate a score
|Ace Ventura Jr.: Pet Detective||N/A||N/A||N/A|
A number of video games centering around Ace Ventura have been released. they are as follows:
- Ace Ventura: Pet Detective: A handheld LCD video game released in 1995, to coincide with the release of When Nature Calls.
- Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls: A handheld LCD video game released in 1995, to coincide with the titular film.
- Ace Ventura: The CD-Rom Game: Developed by 7th Level, the game was released on PC CD-ROM in 1996. Based on The Animated Series, the gameplay was an example of the point-and-click adventure genre. The game was met with mixed reception, including a 6.6 out of 10 from GameSpot. while Gamezilla gave it 58 out of 100.
- Ace Ventura: Pet Detective - The Case of the Serial Shaver: Developed by Brilliant Digital Entertainment, the game was released on PC CD-ROM in 1998. The gameplay involved a choose your own adventure mechanic.
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