Time to uncover some facts. The Mask’s cartoony special effects may be inventive and original, but its title and premise aren’t: The Mask is also the name of an obscure, partially 3-D 1961 horror movie about a man and his facade. Here’s how the movies match up.
The Mask, 1961: Mysterious mask causes wearers to see visions that inspire them to commit murder
The Mask, 1994: Mysterious mask turns wearers into sometimes-murderous live-action cartoon characters.
The Mask, 1961: Was made in Canada.
The Mask, 1994: Stars a Canadian.
The Mask, 1961: Man with mask consults psychiatrist, Dr. Barnes (Paul Stevens), who thinks it’s all in the guy’s head.
The Mask, 1994: Man with mask, Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey), consults psychiatrist who thinks it’s all in the guy’s head.
The Mask, 1961: Disbelieving psychiatrist consults yet another disbelieving psychiatrist, who consults a book on metaphorical masks.
The Mask, 1994: Disbelieving psychiatrist consults his own book on metaphorical masks
The Mask, 1961: When Dr. Barnes forces girlfriend (Claudette Nevins) to put on the mask, nothing happens.
The Mask, 1994: When Stanley puts on the mask in presence of disbelieving psychiatrist, nothing happens.
The Mask, 1961: 3-D hallucination sequences concocted by Soviet montage master and experimental filmmaker Slavko Vorkapich.
The Mask, 1994: Digital transformation sequences inspired by pioneering American animation director Tex Avery.
The Mask, 1961: Hallucinations feature a blond whose aloof charms bring to mind former Velvet Underground chanteuse Nico.
The Mask, 1994: Chief heavy is named Niko.
The Mask, 1961: Mask ends up in museum, where it tempts a potential wearer.
The Mask, 1994: Mask ends up in river, where it’s chased by two potential wearers.