|Beavis and Butt-Head toilet paper: blog gold|
“I felt like TV was getting too smart.”
That’s Mike Judge’s rational for bringing back Beavis and Butt-Head. The barely animated duo return with their first new episode in nearly 14 years tonight at 10 p.m. on MTV.
Publicists at MTV Canada sent critics a role of Beavis and Butt-Head toilet paper to mark the occasion, or “T.P. for your Bunghole” as it says on the label. Nice.
There are 12 new Beavis and Butt-Head episodes and, judging by the clips shown critics at the last press tour, they look pretty funny. Judge was at that tour in Los Angeles and joined a scrum of reporters at one of the outdoor parties held poolside at the Beverly Hilton. He seemed to take my suggestion that his little seem gem Idiocracy was one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen with his usual modesty.
Judge, as usual, had some insight to share, although, as I struggled to listen to the recording of the conversation, I was reminded to not stand so close to a speaker blaring party music the next time I’m in one of these situations. Some of these questions below are from me, some by colleagues Roger Catlin and Neal Justin and other reporters but damned if I can make out who asked what. No matter–check out Judge’s surprise inspiration for Beavis and Butt-Head–the Peanuts gang! (Also back tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.) Good grief!
The animation looks better on the clip we saw of the new episodes.
Yeah, definitely. I think the combination of…we were getting to a better place toward the end of the run—I tried to pick up where we left off.
Was it tough to get back up to speed on the voices of the characters?