Primitive Thinking: ‘Beavis and Butt-Head: Mike Judge’s Most Wanted’

Primitive Thinking: 'Beavis and Butt-Head: Mike Judge's Most Wanted'

We find Beavis and Butt-Head where we left them — resiliently stuck to that dirty couch, watching their flickering TV, laughing with that combination of giggle and heavy pant. The new Beavis and Butt-head will debut later this year on MTV on both sides of the Canada-U.S. 1. (Judge also says they’ll be watching UFC fighting.) It should strike you how similar their quips are to that which you’d find on the Internet (including an easy, overused herpes joke). Basically the MTV Execs are loving shitheads and only run lovely programming to program our kids to be lovely people. They were repulsive 14 year-old boys, who got pure joy out of anarchy, the possibility of scoring with chicks, and fire. I found it pretty hilarious how they used to watch videos on MTA back in the day.

Man I’d kill for this to happen. The first season also featured excerpts from Frank Zappa’s published catalog. Judge— now 49 and known for creating Fox’s “King of the Hill” and directing movies such as “Office Space,” in addition to launching Beavis and Butt-head into the public consciousness — says he considers his slack-jawed alter egos timeless. 3. “The Late Show” with Beavis and Butt-head “Beavis and Butt-head” became a pop culture phenomenon almost immediately, and in December 1993, Mike Judge was a guest on David Letterman’s “Late Show.” Judge didn’t show up empty-handed, or alone, either; he had created a clip in which the fellas took over for Letterman and bandleader Paul Shaffer, complete with Letterman’s do for Butt-head, a top 10 list from the “home office in Butte, Montana” and a Letterman/Butt-head pencil gone astray at Beavis’ eye. Their actions sometimes result in serious consequences, but often for others, for which they themselves show no remorse whatsoever. Of course they end up going to the wrong doctor and as he’s poking and prodding their noses and misinterpreting which “bone” they want to have enlarged, Beavis and Butt-Head are practically giddy with excitement, thinking that this is going to be the best way to get chicks.

The funniest exchange by far is Butt-Head’s astute commentary when the doctor asks Beavis if he’s experiencing any discharge, and to this question he answers yes. Butt-Head proudly tells the doctor that, “Beavis is becoming a man,” much to the doctor’s confusion. A scene later and the boys’ noses are bandaged up and they survey their penis’, marveling at their growth. No, Guin was right. Eventually, “I need TP for my bunghole” becomes a sort of prayer for the cult members, who buy out all of the town’s stock of toilet paper and give it to Cornholio as offerings. I’ll be curious to see whether the show draws as young and audience as MTV’s other shows or if it’s destined to mainly appeal to snarky, elderly Gen Xers like myself. Van Driessen presents a green solution to whatever troubles him, and instead of actually catching his over the top soliloquies, Beavis and Butt-Head spin a new hilarious take on what Mr.
Primitive Thinking: 'Beavis and Butt-Head: Mike Judge's Most Wanted'

When the duo “awaken” back in their own time, they don’t understand why their plan to get rid of Van Driessen failed. In “Animation Sucks” Beavis and Butt-Head ironically learn about the wonders of animation from Mr. Van Driessen. Don’t Schwarzenegger is — I get to do my Arnold but now I don’t have a below — dead almost dead I know — — — rest depression. It’s the same humor, essentially. Yes, but it isn’t without commentary on our society. Think what you like, but Judge’s simple-minded characters speak on a sublevel of how some teens function, and presents a possible maladjusted future for said teens if the parents don’t wake up.

The best example of this is in “The Great Cornholio”, an episode that would catalyst teens using the catchphrase “I need TP for my Bunghole” for years to come. In the episode Beavis raids the kitchen of fellow but much younger dork Stewart. 3, and you really don’t have to be a PETA prude to marvel at how that launched a pop culture juggernaut — let alone how it sprang from the same creative mind that would later give the world the Hills, arguably one of the most realistic and relatable families in TV history. As a clever pun on a news piece that ran about sugar not causing hyperactivity in children, Mr. Van Driessen is a mouthpiece of irony as he says how he read a recent study that sugar isn’t supposed to cause hyperactivity. The gem of this compilation on “Mike Judge’s Most Wanted” is in the special features. The most enjoyable are the previously unseen footage, including the very first short entitled “Frog Baseball” that started Bevis and Butt-Head’s inception.

In the short you see the potential of the characters, featuring an even more so minimalist look, and a bare bones insight at the undeveloped voices of the characters. The “Taint” featurette has been featured on other Beavis and Butt-Head compilations, but it’s still great to watch as Judge and his team of writers reminisce about the characters, the scandals surrounding them and the influences behind the two knuckleheads. The most prized special feature on the disc is scenes from the new episodes that have only been previously seen at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con. Instead of a hate/love relationship with music videos, we see a unique spin that only Beavis and Butt-Head could provide on the reality show Jersey Shore. Highlight line? “If they did this [hook up] chart long enough they can find out where herpes began.” This shows great promise for the upcoming season. Yes, now we have a multitude of social satiric shows that Beavis and Butt-Head inspired, like Family Guy and South Park, but perhaps Beavis and Butt-Head can bring a new humbled beginning to a generation that barely missed the show’s glory.

Either way, MTV’s strategy of bringing back their staple show is something to talk about, and whether you like them or not, their power to influence the minds of the young for better or for worse is something to be reckoned with. Will it work with this generation? Maybe not, but with the cast of Jersey Shore permeating the minds of the current youth, we can only hope there’s some room left for some harmless ‘toons. Can’t wait and that show afterwards called Good Vibes looks good too. When she isn’t fleeing to the Staten Island ferry to the city, she spends her time writing, enjoying a good book, and dreaming of her alternate reality where she’s Tina Fey, and Tina Fey is paying student loans. She has contributed to Black Book magazine, Star magazine, and more.

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