Hey, everyone! It’s the Dash-man, and…uhh, I think I’m like…supposed to review something. Hmm He! Yeah, yeah! Like, I think I know the perfect movie to entertain us! Huh huh huh, I said “anus”.
Whoa! This sucks…or does it?
‘Beavis & Butt-Head Do America’ was the 1996 big-screen animated comedy based on the MTV cartoon series ‘Beavis & Butt-Head’; directed by the show’s creator Mike Judge. Originally meant to be a social commentary on American youth, the show follows the two titular dim-witted teens as they have frequent misadventures all over their school and their town, while occasionally breaking the fourth wall and reviewing music videos that were featured on MTV at the time. Fart jokes, sex jokes, meaningless violence ensues. For the movie, we find our lovable idiots on a search for their stolen TV…at first, as it eventually becomes a cross-country chase involving two married criminals, government agents, and a biological weapon. Yes, it is as ridiculous as it sounds. Anyway, the film was both a critical and financial success, but how does it hold up today?
Would you guys relax?!? Anyway, at first glance, you’d think that this movie would just be an episode of the show stretched out for an extra hour. However, all this movie did was take elements from the show and elevate them. I give Mike Judge respect for sticking to his guns and giving the fans what they want from a ‘Beavis & Butt-Head’ movie, it’s just so surprising to know that most critics actually had nothing but good things to say about this movie. But really, can you blame them? Every joke in this movie works, and some of them were even funnier than some of the jokes in the show. Partly because there’s just so much more that you can get away with in a half an hour runtime and a PG-13 rating than you could with a half hour episode. So what we ended up getting from a ‘Beavis & Butt-Head’ movie was ‘Beavis & Butt-Head’…on steroids!
Another thing about this movie is that while we do get to hear some familiar voices(mostly from Mike Judge, by the way) it’s also pretty cool to hear some very recognizable voices like Cloris Leachman, Greg Kinnear, David Letterman, Robert Stack, and of course, Bruce Willis & Demi Moore as Muddy & Dallas Grimes; the dysfunctional married criminals who are looking to kill each other and have inadvertently thrown Beavis & Butt-Head into the mix. Wait a minute…Bruce Willis and Demi Moore as an old married couple who hate each other and want to see each other dead? Finally, some spot-on casting!
I’m sorry, Bruce. Please don’t kill me. Now, I’m not gonna try and talk about the animation for too long because…let’s face it, the animation kinda sucks. You could make the argument that the animation is a bit timeless and this animation style has improved in other Mike Judge properties like ‘King of The Hill’. But did we ever watch this show for the animation? The same goes for the film, even though it has been slightly polished due to the film’s budget. However, there was one moment that truly blew my mind when I first watched this movie. Remember how I said that the show would feature Beavis & Butt-Head reviewing music videos in between segments? I bet you’re wondering how they would pull that off for the movie. Well, time to meet the Creeper again!
Yep! I’m not done with Rob Zombie yet. Not only is there a kickass song from his old band White Zombie, but we also get one hell of a music video via hallucination after Beavis eats some peyote in the desert. What we get is a real bad trip featuring some amazing animation from Mr. Zombie himself; making for what is probably one of the most memorable scenes in the whole movie.
Maybe I’m being a little generous today, but after watching this movie again for this review after so many years, I forgot just how funny and smart this movie was. Not to mention the fact that the majority of the jokes make so much more sense as an adult. If you were never a fan of the show, then this is obviously not the fan for you. At the same time, if this movie could get positive reviews from the late, great Siskel & Ebert, then this movie must’ve done something right. Bottom line, it’s ‘Beavis & Butt-Head’! It’s Mike Judge’s trademark clever yet sophomoric humor at its finest and he doesn’t care who he offends. Cheap yet timeless animation, the ludicrous plot, and a pretty enjoyable soundtrack are all just the cherries on top one of this great animated comedy. Don’t you agree, boys?
*sigh* I can’t even. Anyway, I’ll see you guys next time. Until then, Gotta Dash!
Written by Shane Moose
Special thanks to the three big F’s in my life(Friends, Family & Fans) for helping me get this far, pushing me to go even further and for putting up with me when I try going further than that. To hell with my limitations!
Videos & Photos:
(Any images of Rob Zombie and his works are property of Rob Zombie)
Beavis & Butt-Head Do America(owned by Geffen Pictures, MTV Productions, Judgemental Films, Rough Draft Studios, Viacom International & Tenth Annual Industries)
Beavis & Butthead(series)(owned by J. J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc., Tenth Annual Industries, Ternion Pictures, MTV Animation, Inbred Jed’s Homemade Cartoons, Paramount Television, Film Roman, Judgemental Films, MTV Production Development, MTV Networks & Paramount Television)
The Fifth Element(owned by Columbia Pictures & Gaumont)