Mike Decide’s Beavis and Butt-head TV Overview
Plot: In “Mike Decide’s Beavis and Butt-Head,” Beavis and Butt-Head are again and stupider than ever. The brand new sequence follows on the heels of the just lately launched and critically acclaimed Paramount+ authentic movie “Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe,” which is now accessible to stream.
Overview: Beavis and Butt-Head was a seminal sequence once I was a child (heh, heh…I mentioned seminal). Debuting in 1992, Mike Decide’s idiotic duo had been continuously focused by mum or dad teams and conservative watchdogs who discovered their violent and profane humor to be inappropriate within the days earlier than South Park and Household Man made it extra acceptable within the mainstream. After seven seasons and a quick revival in 2011, Beavis and Butt-Head are again with their first sequence of latest episodes in over a decade. On the heels of their second characteristic movie, Beavis and Butt-Head Do The Universe, the 2 teenagers return to their acquainted antics as if no time has handed for the ninth season that’s simply pretty much as good as their heyday.
Whereas solely the primary two episodes of the brand new sequence had been made accessible for this overview, it was greater than sufficient to find out if this was a devoted continuation of the traditional present or a money seize reboot that performs into fashionable sensibilities. I’m glad to say that Mike Decide and his crew have deviated little or no from the Nineteen Nineties model of Beavis and Butt-Head. Every half-hour episode is comprised of two shorter episodes that are intercut with Beavis and Butt-Head watching movies and delivering their trademark commentary. The animation doesn’t look a lot totally different from the MTV sequence nor does it have the additional crispness of the characteristic movies both. In brief, these episodes match completely proper alongside the unique run.
The updates to the sequence are small but additionally noticeable. Whereas Beavis and Butt-Head Do The Universe had the 2 slackers journey ahead in time to convey them into 2022, this new season places them proper again the place they all the time have been as if no time has handed. Legacy characters from the unique MTV sequence present up which makes it appear as if the sequence continues to be within the Nineteen Nineties, however the plots involving issues like artisanal honey and escape rooms are clearly from the twenty first century. The pair additionally nonetheless mock music movies which now embody modern songs like BTS hit “Dynamite” however additionally they watch TikTok clips and YouTube movies. Individuals watching different folks’s movies are already massively common on social media, however Beavis and Butt-Head convey their distinctive fashion to their mockery that works in addition to it did thirty years in the past.
One other change I seen was a solo episode for Beavis. Within the authentic sequence, Beavis and Butt-Head had been by no means far aside however this new season affords an episode that options solely Beavis as he offers with a personification of Fireplace. It’s a humorous entry however one which proved to me why these two characters work effectively collectively. After a couple of minutes, I started to tire of Beavis’ schtick with out Butt-Head to rein him in. The episode was nonetheless humorous, however I ponder whether it would work as effectively in the long term and likewise whether or not Butt-Head shall be entertaining on his personal. It’s a minor quibble however I did admire the hassle to combine issues up from what now we have seen earlier than.
The brand new season, in shifting to Paramount+, may have pushed the envelope with reference to nudity, profanity, and violence. Beavis and Butt-Head had been a lightning rod of controversy of their authentic iteration (see Frog Baseball for a traditional instance), however I applaud Mike Decide for not going the straightforward route. Except for dumbass and related delicate profanity, Beavis and Butt-Head stay as immature as they’ve all the time been. Which will make this sequence appear tame in comparison with the degrees that Trey Parker and Matt Stone have taken South Park, nevertheless it additionally makes this new Beavis and Butt-Head refreshingly old-fashioned.
The adjustments to Mike Decide’s Beavis and Butt-Head quantity to minor tweaks to convey this sequence into 2022 that work as a result of they don’t attempt to change what was already working. This sequence stays a really dumb and really enjoyable diversion about two idiots whose easy observations, whereas clouded by hormones and stupidity, are nonetheless profound in making us take a look at the world another way. Nobody will ever confuse Beavis and Butt-Head with Plato and Aristotle, however like Lloyd and Harry from Dumb & Dumber, Invoice and Ted, and another traditional comedy duo, these numbskulls take the world round us and say the issues that we’re all too filtered to say for ourselves. Plus, something remotely formed like a penis is all the time hilarious.
Mike Decide’s Beavis and Butt-Head premieres on Paramount+ on August 4th.