However, that’s not to say that when taken in moderation, these shows aren’t brilliant. I wouldn’t call them animation masterpieces, but these two are cultural icons that affected a generation and inspired teen boys everywhere to mock them at every turn. Thankfully, enough time has passed that those of us that did “over-mock” Beavis or Butthead can now be forgiven.
The good news about this set is that Mike Judge has ciphered through the episodes and has left out the more mundane adventures. There are still some episodes that could have been left out, but at barely 15 minutes a pop, it’s not enough to complain about. The best part of this set is the trip down memory lane. It brings back a lot of memories and it makes you laugh along the way. When taken in moderation, Beavis and Butthead are hilarious.
Beavis and Butthead Do America: Yep, you guessed it, 80 minutes of Beavis and Butthead pushes the limits of my tolerance for them. With that said, the movie manages to keep things going and “refreshes” itself more often than the TV show. It comes dangerously close to having a point and that at least gives the audience something to follow. The jokes are a little redundant, especially if you just watched 122 episodes, but the movie has it’s share of subtle jokes that keep the chuckles going. Personally, I always thought Beavis’s quiet comments on the situations around him provided the most laughs and in the movie, Beavis comes through when the boys visit a water dam.
Like I said, 80 minutes is a long time, so I recommend watching the movie before you watch the episodes. If you don’t own any of the Mike Judge volumes, but you’re a mild fan, then this film is a highly recommend for you.
Taint of Greatness: The journey of Beavis and Butthead parts 1-3: This is spread out over the volumes, but it’s a great look at the history of the show. It includes interviews from all the major players and pretty much everything you’d want to know about the show.
Music Videos: I would imagine that these videos are going to be the biggest draw to fans of the show. This collection of music videos is not complete by any means, but there are 39 videos that let the kids rip into whatever unsuspecting artist happens to be waiting.
Appearances, promos, montages: There are really too many to list and at about two minutes a piece, it wouldn’t be a good use of time. However, all of these are worth checking out, especially the MTV awards appearances. I also highly recommend watching the “Frog Baseball” episode that set off the Beavis and Butthead craze.
Beavis and Butthead Do America:
Commentary by Mike Judge and Yvette Kaplan: Mike Judge has always struck me as the kind of guy that’s very proud of his work, but isn’t afraid to make fun of it. This commentary is a good indication of that as he and Yvette throw out many jokes, but still provide decent and insightful comments into the show and their careers.
The Big Picture, We’re Gonna Score featurettes: These two featurettes should have been one longer one, but they cover a brief making-of look at the film and the musical choices. I found both of these to be kind of dry and not worth the time.
The Smack Down, Celebrity shorts montages: These are labeled as bonus features, but all they are is a quick montage of the violent scenes in the film and celebrity cameos in the film. Again, not worth the time since you’ve already seen the film.
There are also some Previews.