Wait, when did JoBlo have time to clone himself?
You’ll notice one of the adjectives I didn’t use was “predictable.” You know Beavis and Butt-Head are going to do something dumb and offensive in each episode, but very rarely can you fathom the extent of their idiocy. Did I expect Beavis to stick his genitals in a bug zapper? No. Did I laugh until unidentifiable liquids shot out my nose? You bet. (More importantly, will I ever mature past a fourth-grade level? Probably not.)
Creator and voice-provider Mike Judge is no idiot himself (the man holds a degree in physics), and he keeps the show from being just a one-note, pre-teen phenomenon. If anything, I’d venture that Judge uses the characters to comment on disturbing trends in American culture, but I’m going to leave it at that because I don’t want to be the guy that tries to over-analyze BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD. (Ha ha, I said “anal.”) These forty-two episodes are first and foremost entertainment; and they succeed tremendously at doing just that. I will say that the other great part of the show, even though it’s not fully represented on these DVDS, is the music video interludes. I wish BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD were still around to provide acerbic commentary on the
Music Videos (26:44): Man, watching these takes me back a few years. If you’re into alternative music, they’ve included some real gems here, such as Sonic Youth, Soundagarden, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and the Toadies. I understand that because of royalties and musical rights they couldn’t show all the music videos from every episode, but I’m happy that they were able to at least get some of the best ones.
Taint of Greatness (24:00): Part three of the aptly-titled documentary chronicling the life of the show and the movie. (The first two parts are included on the other DVD volumes.) Mike Judge is pretty open about basically being forced by MTV to continue the show in its later years and he talks about working hard to keep things from getting stale. I also thought it was cool to hear from some of the writers (yes, BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD had writers), many of whom have gone on to much more high profile projects. My favorite bit though came from Judge regarding the show’s much hyped controversy; if parents are responsible enough to pay their cable, they should be responsible enough to pay attention to what their kids are watching. That almost makes too much sense.
The Original Uncut Frog Baseball (2:55): After doing a few “Office Space” cartoons in the early nineties for SNL, Judge made this animated short, which is what landed his deal at MTV. It’s a quick and humorous bit with a very early B&B “playing” with some unlucky creatures. Honestly, there’s nothing here that would’ve impressed me enough to order a whole show based on it, but I’m glad somebody at MTV took a chance on Judge.
Special Appearances (35:02): An assortment of clips, interviews and special segments featuring the titular duo. The “Letters to Santa Butt-Head” Christmas Special still ranks up there with IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE as far as holiday staples. And the clips from last year’s MTV VMAs are evidence that Judge and Co. still have the funny. Why not bring back BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD? The world needs them now more than ever.
Promos (5:59): Some commercials and promos, mostly for BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD DO AMERICA. It’s pretty hilarious seeing the two animated characters interact with Mike Judge, who’s obviously lost control of his own creation.
There’s also Previews for the other BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD DVDs, the brilliant Wonder Showzen and the “who-thought-this-was-a-good-idea” Andy Milonakis Show. And if you have a DVD-ROM, you can peruse some fun Web Links to the Judge-produced Animation Show.
Butt-Head: Huh-huh. You said foreskin.
When you review anything you have to ask yourself, “Why do I like or dislike this?” (Duh.) Well, with BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD the answer is “like very much,” but I can’t exactly give you a clear cut answer as to why. On the surface it’s a pretty moronic show, but there’s just something about these characters that’s hilarious and almost…smart. If you're not already a fan, then I don’t think I can say anything to change your mind. But if the words "fartknocker" or "bunghole" make you giggle, this DVD will leave you saying, “Whoa, that was cool.”