If you’ve watched a lot of MTV in the ’90s, you might remember how the cable network was starting to transition from being a music video channel to a place where reality TV and adult animation really started to shine for teens everywhere.
Arguably its most popular show at the time was a series about two silly nonconformist metalheads called Beavis and Butt-Head. Their raw comedy was an instant hit, and its challenges with upset parents and censorship perhaps made the show even more famous.
Mike Judge is anticipating that the Comedy Central revival of the show could create a huge franchise of spin-offs. He signed with Comedy Central back in 2020 to create episodes, spin-offs, and specials. Then in early 2021, they announced the new full-length movie on Paramount+. Judge did produce several critically acclaimed works of film and television, like King of the Hill and Office Space. While Beavis and Butt-Head are now cultural idols, they aren’t as relevant as in the ’90s, so we should expect them to get updated for today’s audience.
So the two deviant teens are now making a comeback in a new film, which was teased by Comedy Central on YouTube. The trailer shows them in an animated Zoom call doing their usual silly banter. There’s not a lot that’s crystal clear about the new Beavis and Butt-Head movie, but here’s what we know so far.
Confirmed Cast And Crew
It is commonly known that the most important person in Beavis and Butt-Head is Mike Judge. As the creator of the original TV show and the two main characters, he also voices the duo. Fortunately, Judge is returning for the film. However, he is the only confirmed cast so far.
We can speculate that the spin-off series Jodie might have something to do with it. The series was bought by Comedy Central and comes from the same universe as another spin-off series, Daria and, of course, Beavis and Butt-Head. So there’s a strong possibility we might see cast and crew from these shows collaborating, hopefully with Tracee Ellis Ross (who voices Jodie) at the helm.
In the 1996 Beavis and Butt-Head movie, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, A-list celebrities Demi Moore and Bruce Willis did some voice work, so the new film will likely have its own big-name celebrities.
Plot: What the New Movie Will Be About?
“Beavis and Butt-Head will be returning this year with a brand-new movie and more on Paramount+,” Mike Judge tweeted. “No exact date yet, but soon. They need some time to get back in shape.”
Judge isn’t revealing much, but it seems the iconic dimwits will be middle-aged, though not even that is certain, as they could be young for most of the movie and middle-aged for a particular scene. With the show also getting revived after the film, it’s possible the film will just continue their story as teenagers and keep it going in the show.
However, there’s also the chance that the new film and series will focus on their lives as middle-aged characters. The teaser shows them promoting their movie on a Zoom call. Butt-Head exclaims in the teaser, “So, like, uh, we’re making a movie.” Beavis mentions that it’s only going to be on Paramount+. They both giggle when Butt-Head quips, “You said mount.”
Will the couch potato pair deal with the coronavirus pandemic in their own way? Will they cover the recent U.S. presidential election? Fans can look forward to watching the friends deal with the modern age era when the movie finally debuts this year.
Anticipated Release Date
MTV Entertainment Group president, Chris McCarthy, had announced a new Beavis and Butt-Head film for Paramount+ was being worked on back in the summer of 2020. He described them as “a defining voice of a generation” and went on building up fans’ expectations to see their favorite characters “navigate the treacherous waters of a world light-years from their own.”
Earlier reports described the movie saying the boys would access “a whole new Gen Z world with meta-themes that are said to be relatable to both new fans… and old.” They had been revived for one reboot season back in 2011, but that was that, and we haven’t seen anything new since.
Alas, there’s no confirmed release date for the new Beavis and Butt-Head picture yet. If we were to speculate from Judge’s tweet, it might be sometime in Summer or Fall 2022.