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 teenage slackers who brought us some of the best lowbrow humor that ’90s TV had to offer. After the series ended its original run with a seventh season, then saw a short-lived reboot in 2011, these two big-headed but small-brained ne’er-do-wells are back for a sequel to the first Beavis and Butt- Head flick, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. It’s also a sneaky way to bring these ’90s pop culture icons into the future, with a new series revival at Paramount+ coming down the pipeline. It’s like 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 with their future, smarter selves — all in the name of scoring.
Worried something has changed about them in the past decade? Don’t be. The delinquent dumbbells are as idiotic as ever. In fact, when we catch up with them, it’s still 1998, and Butt-Head (Mike Judge) is kicking Beavis (also Judge) in the ‘nads at the school science fair to see how long he can endure before passing out. The “experiment” comes to a swift end when the entire science fair goes up in flames, an accident that lands the pair in front of a judge who takes pity on them for being the “at-risk youth” they are. The verdict? Guilty. The punishment? Space camp.
In a hilarious and terrible 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 gag you’ll burst out laughing at immediately . Our dimwitted duo thinks it’s all an elaborate production to get them to have sex with her, of course. Cue a sophomoric romp through a literal black hole and back again where Beavis and Butt-Head find themselves searching for Serena in an attempt to get laid, all the way in the future, circa 2022. Yep, it’s a fish-out-of- water time travel comedy. Thankfully, it doesn’t take itself too seriously or rely on too many of the same, tired jokes you’d expect from other animated films of that ilk. It’s refreshingly original in that regard, and does a great job of introducing Beavis and Butt-Head to a new generation, both literally and as part of the story.
There’s no shortage of the same head-shakingly stupid gags and middle school sex jokes you’d see in the show here. Neither Beavis nor Butt-Head can comprehend even the most basic of concepts. But Beavis isn’t all about getting with a woman. He’s got a soft spot, too, evidenced when he mistakes Siri (yes, the real voice of Siri, Susan Bennett) on an iPhone for Serena. It’s true love: he dives into a very full Port-A-Potty with “all the turds” to retrieve “Serena,” because he can’t lose her. And there’s a gut-busting moment when the boys confuse the concept of white privilege with permission to steal anything without repercussions. Beavis even has a moment to shine where he breaks out his Cornholio alter ego once more, demanding that a prison supplies its inmates with more “TP for their bungoles.”
Visually, this may be the best Beavis and Butt-Head has ever looked. Titmouse, Inc. is on deck (taking over from Season 8’s Film Roman) for great-looking environments and realistic characters more evocative of the studio’s work on Metalocalypse and Superjail! than what we’re used to for the series. The improved fidelity makes for a more obviously modern take on Beavis and Butt-Head as well. And the voice actors? Mike Judge certainly hasn’t lost his touch as both titular characters, though the film has heavy-hitters like Gary Cole, Tig Notaro, and Jimmy O. Yang fleshing out the rest of the cast.
Let’s be clear: this is puerile, sophomoric stuff. If you’ve been a fan since the very beginning, you’ll have a great time watching these two dolts. It’s Beavis and Butt-Head in their purest, distilled form. We don’t get much of this unhinged silliness anymore, and this kind of ridiculousness can heal the soul a bit if you let it take you over. If you love the show, you’ll love the movie, too. And that’s good, because with a whole new series on the way, you’ll want to be primed for a Beavis and Butt-Head overload.
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