Flashback Review: Beavis And Butthead Do America

In the year 1981, a channel called “Music Television,” (MTV for short) was established to air music videos on television. The very first music video to ever air on the channel is “Video Killed The Radio Star.”

Over the The following decade, the channel’s primary focus was to air music related topics 24 hour a day. If you were around in the 80’s, you must’ve been lucky to witness the first MTV Music Awards ceremony.

A Decade later, MTV decided to expand to a variety of non-music related programs such as “The Real World,” the network’s longest running series and its perhaps the very first Reality TV series. Liquid Televison, became the first animated series to air on the network.

Liquid Televison is an anthology series of short animated segments, some of the segments manage to become full fledged cartoons including Æon Flux, (not the Charlize Theron film) and perhaps MTV’s “Magnum Opus Of Cartoons” is “Beavis And Butthead.”

Beavis And Butthead was created, written, produced, and directed by Mike Judge. (King Of The Hill, Office Space, Idiocracy and Silicon Valley)

The Animated Series is about two dim witted teenage heavy metal fans who are extremely oblivious to small or life threatening situations which results into hilarious shenanigans like playing with a car tire, or sniffing paint. Besides their stupidy on accidentally destroying or violating property, the duo critique music videos on certain rock bands or singers. I would describe them as Siskel and Ebert, minus the intellect.

Beavis And Butthead became an instant classic among young viewers or anyone around The Generation X demographic. The show influenced future showrunners such as South Park creators, Trey Parker & Matt Stone, and Regular Show creator, J.G. Quintel.

The Boys made severel appearances outside of the series. They were on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, appeared as guests on David Letterman’s talk show, and presented an Oscar at the 69th Academy Awards.

Despite the success, the show was also a source of controversy for example, one little boy sets a his home on fire, (due to Beavis’s fascination of fire) that unintentionally killed his sister. This is what happens if you don’t know the proper use of parenting, the show is meant for teenagers and up or anyone who is a mature and responsible individual. Next time you want to let your kid watch something like this, you better start acting like a parent and teach your kids discipline and common sense.

As result on the massive popularity, a full length motion picture encouraged MTV to produce their very first animated film. Joe’s Apartment was the first film released prior to later one.

The film was released in late 1996, it received postive reviews from fans, non-fans and critics like. Siskel & Ebert gave the film two thumbs up.

This article contains no SPOILERS.

Cool: The Opening Scene pays an homage to a classic monster movie and the Opening Credits pays tribute to 70’s TV shows.

The film got me laughing on the one liners, slapstick and the idiocy of the duo’s misadventures.

Mike Judge did a laugh out loud performance as the duo, along with other characters voiced by him including Tom Anderson, Mr. Van Driessen, and Principal McVicker.

Besides Mike Judge’s voice work, other cast members featured in this film such as then married couple Bruce Willis & Demi Moore, provided the voices of the main villains, and Robert Stack as an ATF agent trying to hunt the dim witted boys down. They all did a good job on their performances.

The Animation looked polished like the television series of the same name.

Rob Zombie also contributed to the animation. His art style is in one pivotal scene, I refuse to give it away.

Beavis delivers a one minute dramatic speech.

A Dance Scene with the boys dancing to a Red Hot Chili Peppers song.

David Letterman has a voice over cameo.

Daria also has a cameo in the film before she got her very own spin-off show.

The Ending wasn’t stupid at all.

Sucks: The Film is sorta dated. Again, it came out in 1996. If you are born in The 21st Century, you will definitely not understand some of the references of the decade.

One scene at a casino didn’t connect to the plot, however I found a redeemable element that made me put a smile on my face.

The Final Verdict: A-

If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend this movie. Trust me, you’re gonna laugh your butt off. I hope one day Mike Judge will come up with a  bigger sequel for the iconic morons.

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