Ace Ventura (franchise)

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Ace Ventura
Ace Ventura, the series protagonist.
Directed by Tom Shadyac (1)
Steve Oedekerk (2)
David Mickey Evans (3)
Written by Jack Bernstein (1)
Tom Shadyac (1)
Jim Carrey (1)
Steve Oedekerk (2)
David Mickey Adams (3)
Jeffery Sank (3)
Jason Heimberg (3)
Justin Heimberg (3)
Starring Jim Carrey
Music by Ira Newborn (1)
Robert Folk (2)
Cinematography Julio Macat (1)
Donald E. Thorin (2)
Edited by Don Zimmerman (1)
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date
Country United States
Language English
Budget $37.5 million

Ace Ventura is an American comedy film series consisting of three entries, starring Jim Carrey as the titular character, Ace Ventura, a private investigator and self-proclaimed "pet detective." The first film, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, was released in 1994 after six years of development, with a sequel, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, released in 1995. In 2009, a direct-to-video spin-off, Ace Ventura, Jr.: Pet Detective, was released. An animated series was also produced and ran for three seasons.

The first two films were widely successful and have a cult following, though the third was released to mostly negative reviews.


Bernstein had wanted to do a comedic version of Sherlock Holmes, and when watching the Stupid Pet Tricks segment on Late Night with David Letterman, got the idea for a pet detective.

Film series

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. (Josh Flitter) continues his father's pet detective business.


In 2017, Morgan Creek announced plans to reboot their classic films from the 1980s and 1990s as television series or movies, following the success of The Exorcist television series reboot. Several films in early stages of development include film series Young Guns, Major League, and Ace Ventura.[1]

Animated series

Main article: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (TV series)

Cast and characters

Character Films Animated series
Ace Ventura:
Pet Detective
Ace Ventura:
When Nature Calls
Ace Ventura Jr.:
Pet Detective
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
1994 1995 2009 1995-2000
Ace Ventura Jim Carrey Michael Daingerfield
Spike Binks the Capuchin monkey Richard Binsley
Emelio Tone Lōc Greg Burson
Aguado John Capodice Al Waxman
Mr. Shickadance Mark Margolis Vince Corazza
Woodstock Raynor Scheine
Melissa Robinson Ventura Courteney Cox Ann Cusack
Lt. Lois Einhorn / Ray Finkle Sean Young
Dan Marino Dan Marino
Fulton Greenwall Ian McNeice
Vincent Cadby Simon Callow
Ouda Maynard Eziashi
Burton Quinn Bob Gunton
Ace Ventura Jr. Josh Flitter
Rex Ventura Ralph Waite


Year Film Director Producer Writer Composer Cinematography Editor
1994 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Tom Shadyac James G. Robinson screenplay: Jack Bernstein, Tom Shadyac, Jim Carrey
story: Jack Bernstein
Ira Newborn Julio Macat Don Zimmerman
1995 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls Steve Oedekerk Steve Oedekerk Robert Folk Donald E. Thorin Malcolm Campbell
2009 Ace Ventura, Jr.: Pet Detective David Mickey Evans James G. Robinson
David C. Robinson
screenplay: David Mickey Evans, Jeffrey Sank, Jason Heimberg, Justin Heimberg
story: Jeffrey Sank, Jason Heimberg, Justin Heimberg
Laura Karpman Mark Irwin Danny Saphire


  1. ^ Nellie Andreeva (October 26, 2017). "Morgan Creek Prods. Rebrands Itself, Plans TV & Film Reboots Of 'Young Guns', 'Ace Ventura,' 'Major League' & More". Deadline. Retrieved November 3, 2017. 

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