Beavis And Butt-head Do The Universe Aims Low, Scores High

Beavis And Butt-head Do The Universe Aims Low, Scores High

(from left) Butt-head and Beavis (both played by Mike Judge) in Beavis And Butt-head Do The Universe.

(from left) Butt-head and Beavis (both played by Mike Judge) in Beavis And Butt-head Do The Universe
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One of the main “rules” of screenwriting is that your main character has to change. Not just throughout the movie, but even a little bit at the end of each scene. But part of the appeal of so many classic clowns on the big screen is that they don’t change — or at least, if they do, they’ll be right back at it on the next movie. The Three Stooges will never settle their differences peacefully. Hardy will always blame Laurel. Costello can never learn to be as brave as Abbott. And Beavis and Butt-head, despite the occasional lifeline thrown at them by the misguided kindness of the likes of hippie teacher Mr. Van Driessen, will remain dumb, destructive, nacho-loving horndogs rarely closer to actual intercourse than an accidental doppelganger concept. That’s all to say Beavis And Butt-head Do The Universe is pretty much what you expect – and it’s, uhhhh, pretty cool.

At 86 minutes, and with a fairly limited cast, this is closer to those movie-long streaming episodes of South Park then it is Beavis And Butt-head Do America, featuring multiple storylines, standout, higher-budget sequences, and key roles for fan-favorite supporting characters such as the unwitting Korean War veteran Tom Anderson. But apart from a short sequence at the beginning of BABDTU, none of the duo’s usual foils and enemies in the plot. And for those who care about such things, it breaks the canon, sending Beavis and Butt-head through a black hole from 1998 to the year 2022, and with it the existence of the season 8 timeline (aka The Mike Judge Collection Volume 4) where they piloted drones and watched Twilight† That said, it also adds some tempting tidbits to the mythology as it is, including the name of Beavis’ mother and their actual address.

Most importantly though – and the trailers already ruined this – it’s coming out Rick and Morty, and every other “multiverse” movie and show, by introducing the idea of ​​infinite variant Beavis and Butt heads throughout the universe. Two of them, named Smart Beavis and Smart Butt-head, dressed as Marvel’s Watchers, play a part in the plot here, occasionally and unsuccessfully trying to lead their dumber selves. As in Do America, the plot is set in motion when Beavis and Butt-head misunderstand an attractive woman’s offer to “really do it.” Since Serena, the woman in question, is an astronaut, this places the duo aboard the space shuttle and is then propelled through time. By 2022, Serena is a successful politician who is convinced she killed the boys, while in turn they are still determined to make her live up to what she saw her promise to be.

Beavis and Butt-head make walking anachronisms like the leading family in The Brady Bunch Movie may sound like a cheap gimmick, but it’s essential to any new audience’s ability to engage with them. Back in director/creator Mike Judge’s high school days, and throughout the ’90s, the stupid teens who wore heavy metal T-shirts every day, blew up animals with fireworks, laughed at every sex joke, and “never scored” would probably end up forgotten, in hopeless orbits in a small town. Today, however, those types on 8chan are planning school shootings and sharing Nazi memes. Think of MTV’s deliberate attempts after the show’s first season to make the doofus duo the sole victims of their own stupidity, after initially portraying them as genuinely evil delinquents who smoked, robbed Mexican children for fireworks and gas from inhaled the stove for kicks. If they can’t use the internet, a lot of today’s problems are also bypassed.

(It’s funny to note, though, that AC/DC and Metallica shirts remain a staple of both eras.)

Interestingly, though, this time around, the film specifically does its best to show at least one actual death caused by the antics of Beavis and Butt-head, even though it’s a throwaway item that’s never mentioned again. For the most part, they still inflict more damage on themselves than anyone else while dealing massive amounts of damage. Judge, as he always has, makes it clear that society here isn’t flawless – countless adults and authority figures just don’t pay enough attention to these two idiots. But it’s also clear that even if someone cared, it wouldn’t help much. Butt-head’s constant abusive behavior towards Beavis is mildly questioned, but in the end, Beavis’ libido and pyromania will always draw him back to his greatest enabler.

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In the funniest sequence of the film, Beavis and Butt-head learn the concept of white privilege and abuse it for all it’s worth. It’s not clear what Gen Z will think of all of this, but it’s not necessarily made for them. Beavis and Butt-head do the universe is a film for fans of the 90s, whose maker falls under that designation in particular. It challenges us by letting them come home 14 years later and not run into older versions of well-known side players, but that’s presumably follow-up fodder, if necessary.

With Mees handling the animation, the artwork looks a little weird this time around, with some supporting characters looking more like Archer rejects instead of righteous grotesques. No doubt that has speeded up production, but it’s not quite the same. Still, at least the humor is. You know exactly what kind of jokes you’re getting with these two, and it’s all in the delivery.

Yes. Their delivery rules. It rules! heh heh m heh heh.

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