Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe will premiere on Paramount+ on June 23, 2022.
It’s been over a decade since we last heard from Beavis and Butt-Head, the lazy teenagers who brought us the best vulgar humor ’90s TV had to offer. After the series wrapped up its original run with a seventh season, and had a short-lived reboot in 2011, these two big heads but small brains are back for a sequel to the first Beavis and Butt-. Head nod, Beavis and Butt-Head make America. It’s also a sneaky way to bring these ’90s pop culture icons into the future, with a new revival of the series on Paramount+ down the pipeline. It’s as if they never left, as they settle into a short but sweet hour-and-a-half adventure that finds them becoming full-fledged astronauts and meeting their smarter future selves – all in the name of punctuation.
Worried that something has changed about them in the last decade? Do not be. The delinquent dumbbells are dumber than ever. In fact, when we catch up with them, it’s still 1998, and Butt-Head (Mike Judge) is kicking Beavis (also Judge) at the school science fair to see how long he can last before passing out. The “experiment” comes to a quick end when the entire science fair burns down, an accident that puts the two in front of a judge who takes pity on them for being the “at-risk youth” that they are. The verdict? Guilty. The punishment? Space camp.
In a hilarious and terrifying misunderstanding, Serena Ryan (Andrea Savage), captain of the Space Shuttle Endeavor, employs Beavis and Butt-Head at NASA to perform a job only they can do, involving a visual joke that will have you laughing immediately. . Our stupid duo thinks it’s all an elaborate production to get them to have sex with her, of course. Play a high school prank through a literal black hole and back again, where Beavis and Butt-Head find themselves looking for Serena in an attempt to get laid, into the future, circa 2022. Yep, it’s a fish out of- water time travel comedy. Fortunately, it doesn’t take itself too seriously or rely on many of the same tired jokes you’d expect from other animated films of its kind. It’s refreshingly original in that regard and does a great job of introducing Beavis and Butt-Head to a new generation, literally and as part of the story.
There’s no shortage of the same stupid jokes and high school sex jokes you’d see on the show here. Neither Beavis nor Butt-Head can understand even the most basic concepts. But Beavis isn’t just for one woman. He also has a soft spot, evidenced when he mistakes Siri (yes, Siri’s real voice, Susan Bennett) on an iPhone for Serena. It’s true love: he dives into a Port-A-Potty too filled with “all the shit” to get “Serena” back because he can’t lose her. And there’s a breathtaking moment when the boys confuse the concept of white privilege with permission to steal anything without repercussions. Beavis still has a moment to shine where he erupts his alter ego Cornholio once again, demanding that a prison provide its inmates with more “TP for their bungholes”.
Visually, this might be the best Beavis and Butt-Head has ever seen. Titmouse, Inc. is on deck (replacing Season 8’s Film Roman) for great-looking environments and realistic characters more evocative of the studio’s work on Metalocalypse and Superjail! than we’re used to for the series. The improved fidelity also makes for a more obviously modern take on Beavis and Butt-Head. And the voice actors? Mike Judge certainly hasn’t lost his touch as both of the titular characters, though the film has heavyweights like Gary Cole, Tig Notaro, and Jimmy O. Yang fleshing out the rest of the cast.
Let’s be clear: this is childish, childish stuff. If you’ve been a fan from the start, you’re going to have a lot of fun watching these two idiots. It’s Beavis and Butt-Head in its purest, distilled form. We don’t understand much of this unbalanced nonsense anymore, and that kind of ridiculousness can heal the soul a little if you let it get to you. If you love the show, you’ll love the movie too. And that’s a good thing, because with an all-new series on the way, you’ll want to be prepared for an overload of Beavis and Butt-Head.
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