Mike Judge, creator of Beavis and Butt-Head and King of the Hill – and one of the most criminally underrated comedic geniuses on the planet – was recently doing press tour for his new film Extract, and was asked about the long-rumored, long-stalled, follow-up to the 1996 feature film, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.
Judge’s talk was purely speculative, but in my case it’s nonetheless fun to hear. I was in middle school / high school during the 90s, and to me, Beavis and Butt-Head were the ushers of my adolescence.
Well before I nearly laughed myself to death watching South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, I did in fact laugh myself to death in Beavis and Butt-Head Do America and had to be resuscitated.
According to what Mike Judge told WENN, he would either like to see our two favorite slackers return to the screen as dirty old men still doing what they do best: sitting on that couch and watching the boob tube.
“I kind of think of them as being either 15 or in their 60s…I wouldn’t mind doing something with them as these two dirty old men sitting on the couch…At one point I thought Butt-Head might do ok on some really low-level sales job…Beavis might be landscaping.”
Of course in the past Judge has also mentioned a (fleeting?) desire to do a live-action B&B, with the likes of Sean William Scott and Johnny Depp taking on the roles… Never can tell when that Mike Judge is trying to be funny.
Seriously though, let’s just toss out the live-action angle for a moment and focus on this second animated film. I say BY ALL MEANS NECESSARY THIS SHOULD HAPPEN. I love Mike Judge’s work and think it’s a CRIME that the man hasn’t earned more recognition for his consistently quality shows and films (he wrote and directed Office Space, people!). And since I don’t see a King of the Hill feature film ever getting made (though it probably should), and people don’t really seem to support Judge’s live-action films in the theater (see: Idiocracy), then if the only way the man can get a shot at another big box office payday is Beavis and Butt-Head, why not take the opportunity?
I am on the fence about how to do it, though. Judge’s idea about a middle-aged B&B film sounds like it could definitely be good material (especially if it’s a generational satire about gen x rockers living in a hipster/emo world), but if the primary audience is going to be 20-30 somethings that grew up on the original B&B MTV series from the 90s, then a simple film featuring our favorite slackers on another one of their hair-brained adventures would do just fine.
Either way, the next Beavis and Butt-Head film would certainly face the daunting task of addressing the current state and social practices of music video viewing. Not an easy task.
Right now this B&B film is just talk, but here’s hoping something develops.
Source: Ace Showbiz