One of the main “rules” of the script is that your main character needs to change. Not just throughout the entire movie, but a little bit towards the end of each scene. However, part of the appeal of so many classic big-screen clowns is that they don’t change — or at least, if they do, they’re back to square one in the next movie. The Three Stooges will never resolve their differences peacefully. Hardy will always blame Laurel. Costello cannot learn to be as brave as Abbott. And Beavis and Butt-head, despite the occasional lifeline thrown at them by the misguided kindness of people like hippie professor Mr. Van Driessen, will continue to be idiots, destructive, and nacho lovers who rarely come closer to actual intercourse than an accidental double understands. All this to say that Beavis and Butt-head make the universe it’s pretty much what you’d expect – and it’s, uhhhhh, pretty cool.
At 86 minutes, and with a fairly limited cast, this is closer to those movie streaming episodes of South Park than it is Beavis and Butt-head make America, which has had multiple stories, conspicuous bigger-budget sequels, and significant roles for fan-favorite supporting characters such as Korean War veteran Tom Anderson. But apart from a brief sequence near the beginning of BABDTU, none of the usual adversaries and enemies of the double figure in the plot. And for those who care about such things, it breaks canon, sending Beavis and Butt-head through a black hole from 1998 to the year 2022, and thus denying 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 is, including Beavis’ mother’s name and her real address.
More significantly, though – and the trailers have already spoiled this – it relies on Rick and Morty, and all other “multiverse” movies and shows, introducing the notion of infinite variants of Beavis and Butt-heads across the universe. Two of them, nicknamed Smart Beavis and Smart Butt-head, dressed as Marvel’s Watchers, figure in the plot here, occasionally and futilely trying to guide their more stupid selves. As in make america, the plot begins when Beavis and Butt-head misunderstand an attractive woman’s offer to “make it for real”. As Serena, the woman in question, is an astronaut, this puts the duo aboard the space shuttle and subsequently flung through time. In 2022, Serena is a successful politician who is convinced she killed the boys, while they, in turn, are still determined to make her fulfill what they perceive to be her promise.
Making Beavis and Butt-head walking anachronisms as the main family in The Brady Bunch movie It may sound like a cheap gimmick, but it’s essential to any new audience’s ability to connect with them. In director/creator Mike Judge’s school days, and throughout the ’90s, stupid teenagers who wore heavy metal t-shirts every day, blasted animals with fireworks, laughed at every sex joke, and “never scored.” they would probably end up forgotten, in dead-end jobs in some small town. These days, though, these guys are on 8chan planning school shootings and sharing Nazi memes. Recall MTV’s conscious attempts after the show’s first season to turn the idiot duo into the only victims of their own stupidity, after they were initially described as genuinely malicious delinquents who smoked, assaulted Mexican kids for fireworks and snorted gas. stove for fun. Having them unable to use the Internet also avoids many contemporary problems.
(However, it’s fun to note that both AC/DC and Metallica shirts remain a staple of both eras.)
Interestingly, though, the film specifically strives to show at least one real death caused by Beavis and Butt-head’s antics this time around, though it’s a waste never mentioned again. For the most part, they still harm themselves more than anyone else, while inflicting massive amounts of damage. The judge, as he always has, makes it clear that society is not innocent here—several adults and authority figures just don’t pay enough attention to these two idiots. But it’s also clear that even if someone did care, it wouldn’t help much. Butt-head’s constant abusive behavior towards Beavis is lightly interrogated, but in the end, Beavis’ libido and pyromania will always draw him back to his greatest enabler.
In the film’s funniest sequence, Beavis and Butt-head learn the concept of white privilege and proceed to abuse it at all costs. It’s unclear what Gen Z will do with all this, but it’s not necessarily done for them. Beavis and Butt-head make the universe is a film for fans of the 90s, whose creator was included in that designation. This teases us when they return home 14 years later and find no older versions of familiar side players, but that’s presumably sequel fodder if need be.
With Titmouse handling the animation, the art looks a little weird this time around, with some supporting characters looking more like Archer rejects instead of judging grotesques. No doubt this sped up production, but it’s not quite the same thing. 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.
Yup. Your delivery rules. He rules! Hehehehehehehe.