Otis (Son of the Mask)

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Otis (Son of the Mask)
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Oh Milo, what did this movie do to you?
Gender: Male
Type: Flanderized incarnation of Milo
Species: Jack Russell Terrier
Portrayed by: Richard Steven Horvitz (Real-life Otis)
Bill Farmer (Masked Otis)
Status: Alive
Media of Origin: Son of the Mask


Otis is Tim Avery's dog, a Jack Russell Terrier that wears a brown plain collar. He finds the mask washed up in a river and uses it when he gets very jealous of the baby, Alvey Avery, being considered as the favorite in the house. In the end, Otis comes to accept Alvey.

Why He Sucks

  1. Just like Tim, he serves as the replacement for Stanley Ipkiss's pet, Milo. And not only does he try so hard to be the new Milo only to miserably fail and instead feel like a flanderized version of Milo; who was once a lovable, adorable, faithful, talented, surprisingly intelligent, loyal, and very heroic pet to Stanley Ipkiss, but this version of Milo has become more of a blander downgrade of himself who becomes a two-faced, loud yet forgettable, mostly selfish, psychopathic, crazed, extremely malicious yet clumsy, and a 'comedically' accident-prone villain with a plan to get rid of the baby so he can be the center of attention. He manages to be an overall boring and painfully unfunny secondary character.
    • Unlike Milo, who uses his powers for good. Otis starts off as somewhat of an antagonist since he is jealous of the baby, Alvey, and plots constantly to get rid of him.
  2. His goal of getting rid of the baby to be the center of attention is incredibly petty, and it seemed vague from Otis's perspective as a regular dog since it was never hinted that he hated him until his subplot took place.
  3. Masked Otis seems to be an over-the-top rip-off of Tom from Tom & Jerry, Both Wile E. Coyote & Taz from Looney Tunes, and Muttley from Wacky Races/Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines. All at once.
    • Examples of this include having wild and rabid traits to make him look crazy & dangerous (what Taz is), having underhanded plans that continually backfire on them in cartoonishly humiliating ways (what Wile E. Coyote & Tom are known for; the latter being a pet no less!), and being a snickering/muttering dog who is evil (what Muttley is).
  4. Masked Otis's design is very ugly and beyond terrifying. Where his cartoonish design fits more in 2D, his CGI design is incredibly nightmarish.
    • Not to mention that his design is unfaithful to Masked Milo in the first film. In fact, Masked Otis's design looks a lot worse than Milo's cartoonish transformation.
    • In the scene when he gets blown up by dynamite, his ashy design looks downright horrifying.
  5. Masked Otis's ugliness aside, his bumbling antics make him out to be a typical Butt-Monkey, especially for how much Otis's plans always backfire in predictable ways by Alvey (who is the Karma Houdini of that movie).
  6. There are many creepy scenes he contributes to, many of these include:
    • French kissing a real-life dog named Venus before giving Tim the mask.
    • The scene where a trap that he set for the baby backfires on him and snags him by the collar, causing his eyes to literally pop out of his head. And that's before he gets crushed in a piano, goes through a vent which makes him crushed into a cube, gets almost shredded by the ceiling fan before being snagged on its blades, dropped into tar, getting covered in chicken feathers, dragged underground, flattened, drowned, and then flattened again after spinning in a machine. All while his cries for dear life can be heard in the background. Needless to say, this doesn't make him any less creepy than he already was.
  7. Bill Farmer made Masked Otis's voice sound very obnoxious. The worst offenders to this are his acts of gibbering, yelling, wailing, and laughing.
  8. He serves little to nothing to the plot.
    • Aside from being a loyal pet to Tim, he solely exists to be the comic-relief antagonist for this one subplot he has, who then goes back to his normal self and only gives Tim the idea to make a "zany" cartoon based on the rivalry Otis had with Alvery.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. He can have some funny moments every now and then.
  2. Before and after Otis had the mask on, Otis as a regular dog is rather adorable and passable.
  3. Some viewers can find his CGI masked design out to be awesome looking.
    • His animated 2D design is a whole lot more appealing than his CGI counterpart.
  4. At least he isn't as bad as Tim Avery. Especially since he does become on good terms with Alvey at the end of the movie.
  5. Richard Steven Horvitz does a decent job at voicing Otis as his more realistic counterpart.

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Trivia

  • He bears a striking resemblance to Milo from the first film.
  • His name is a take-off from the movie Milo and Otis.

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