Butt-head: “This bowling ball isn’t human! It doesn’t feel pain! It can’t be reasoned with!”
After the “Frog Baseball” short that helped spark the show, Beavis and Butt-head, went on to last from 1993 to 1997 on MTV and accumulated quite the following.
In a recent article over on MTV.com, Mike Judge, creator of Beavis and Butt-head says he is THINKING about the idea of a live action movie version of the totally cool, slow to spark pair of America’s favorite teens in wasting.
Judge has brought us King of the Hill on Fox, (which I sometimes wonder if this wasn’t Judge’s idea of Butt-head all grown up and off of caffeine). In addition, he’s brought us the flick Office Space, the biting social satire Ideocracy (which was unfortunately a box office flop) and once he’s done with his most recent project, the comedy Extract, he says he might turn his attention back to the two that got it all going for him, but in a live action film.
The idea might have been sparked by a conversation he had with Johnny Depp some years ago who said he’d love to play Beavis.
Judge made note that:
“I haven’t yet said, ‘OK, I wanna make a live-action ‘Beavis and Butt-head’ movie, and here’s the idea.’ But for some reason, I used to hate the idea for years, and now I think maybe there’s something there.”
I think he should still hate the idea. For the hard core fan I don’t think actor portrayals are going to cut it. If they had to, my first thought was of the iconic part Sean Penn played some years back: The infamous Spicoli and his nemesis, Mr. Hand. (For those who can remember, do you know of which movie I speaketh of?)
It was the magic of animation that made a lot of events, settings and occurrences possible in the TV version. I’ve yet to see too many cartoons translate well to non-animation – maybe the Flintstones, but it was still distracting to see elements of a cartoon try to translate to photo-real CGI or special effects.
So in the end, while he torments us with his thoughts on the possibility, I hope he does come back to a B&B continuance, but in the same format it has excelled so well in previously.
If there’s one saving grace, Judge doesn’t think he can sit through a lengthy casting session trying to find the perfect actors for the roles. (That’s because you’re supposed to make a new animated extension of the pair Mike!)
Until then, we’ll just have to wait for literary gems like: “I hate when mimes get in your face and don’t say anything.”