Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (partially lost animated series; 1995-2000)


Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (cartoon episodes)
Title screen from the animated series.
Title screen from the animated series.
Status Partially Lost

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is an animated television series based on the 1994 film of the same name. The series was produced by Morgan Creek Productions and Nelvana for Warner Bros. Television. It aired for two seasons from 1995 to 1997 on CBS. A third season and reruns of previous episodes aired on Nickelodeon from 1999 to 2000.

Design

Following the two original Ace Ventura movies, the titular character, voiced by Canadian actor Michael Daingerfield (credited as Michael Hall), is a goofy private investigator with a predilection for animals of all species.

Many of the characters from the original movie were retained, though not voiced by their original actors. While the original movies already had a strongly cartoonish comedic aesthetic, they were eclipsed by the slapstick and garish humor of the cartoon. Seth MacFarlane was among the writers over the course of the show's run.

The show was rife with toilet humor and anachronisms (one episode centered around the Egyptian Mau, claiming it to be an extinct breed of cat, when, in fact, they are not), displaying similar humor to his later series.

Original airing

The show ran on CBS for two seasons, with the third season airing on Nickelodeon when that channel acquired the show to broadcast reruns.

Despite running in a time slot after The Mask (another popular cartoon based on a Jim Carrey film) and a crossover with that show (in that series' finale, "The Aceman Cometh"), the series failed to gain a large audience.

Ultimately, both The Mask and Ace Ventura were canceled. A new and completely different season of the series ran on Nickelodeon.

Availability

A three-episode DVD of the animated series was bundled with the two original Ace Ventura movies. This was also the only DVD release of this show. It is currently unknown if all of the episodes will ever be released.

Every episode of this show can be found online (all recorded off VHS/TV), with the exception of just one episode.

Missing episode

Season 2's 10th episode Robo West" has not been found yet.

Season 1's 11th episode "The Big Stink" was also lost until April 16th, 2016. It was found by Reddit user Newclearfallout on the file-sharing site MySpleen. A contributor by the name of "THGhost" has uploaded it to YouTube and it can be watched here.

Comments


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Insultingiguana

20 months ago
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Great article!
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Anonymous user #1

16 months ago
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Since there is only one missing episode left, might I suggest moving this article to a page specifically for that episode?
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Jackuus

16 months ago
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Cool
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Ghostface

14 months ago
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The only thing I can find from "Robo West" is a screenshot (which is also the first result on Google Images).

http://datas...0/screen.jpg
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Anonymous user #2

6 months ago
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Most likely (at this point of only one piece of evidence for its existence) the episode was either scrapped, someone might have a VHS copy (with the episode), or it doesn't exist at all.
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SADLAD84

4 months ago
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I think I've found a site that streams episode 10 of season 2 https://flix...2/episode/10

I'm not sure if it works, as you need to have an account on the website to watch it, which requires putting in credit card details and a bunch of other stuff I don't have because of my age, but it a video seems to start before the page tells you to log in, so maybe it works.
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SADLAD84

4 months ago
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If that page didn't work, I found this page giving a description of the episode tv.twcc.com/ace-ventura-pet-detective__10215074
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SADLAD84

4 months ago
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I mean tv.twcc.com/tv/ace-ventura-pet-detective__10215074
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