I remember having a lot of fun watching the old Beavis and Butt-Head cartoons on MTV. It almost felt kind of dirty to watch as these two imbeciles would do all kinds of insane things like play “frog baseball” and forget how to pee (seriously). I especially had really good memories of watching their first full-length feature film, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, during college finals because, after watching it, I got home to study and it honestly felt like my brain was empty so everything I had to re-learn slid right into my head with ease. I actually attribute getting really good marks during my finals exam because of this movie. True story.
Of course, all good things don’t last and Beavis and Butt-Head, much like MTV, faded into obscurity after some time. But you can’t keep a horndog eager to score down for so long! The dumb duo are back with a new feature length film that was just released a few days ago. But this time, the entire United States isn’t enough but the entire fabric of time and space hangs in the balance. I just watched it so here’s my review of Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe.
Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe starts out in 1998 when the duo somehow get roped into a mission in space. One thing leads to another and Beavis and Butt-Head are sucked into a black hole, transporting them into the present day. Even with government scientists, a rogue governor on their tail and the possible destruction of their universe standing in their wary, nothing will stop Beavis and Butt-Head to fulfill their dream: to finally score.
Let me get this out of the way: I really loved Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe. The humor is right up my alley as a lot of it is utterly sophomoric, politically incorrect humor. Beavis and Butt-Head do a whole lot of distasteful things throughout this pretty short 86-minute dumb sci-fi adventure. However, I will say it’s kind of an acquired taste. What I mean by that is that the target audience of this movie are those who know Beavis and Butt-Head are really dumb and horny teenagers who don’t really care about anything else but scoring and being cool. It has a lot of offensive humor but that’s kind of the point. It’s that kind of a movie and those who can’t stomach the idiocy should stay away. I personally love it so I loved it.
Even though I say the jokes are generally dumb and dirty, it’s usually punctuated with some social commentary. As the boys are transported from the past to the present, this allows the movie to poke a lot of fun on how today’s world works as well as what an idiot from the past would react to the things of today. It’s also funny how a lot of the “smart” adults around Beavis and Butt-Head always assume they have a plan and are thinking three steps ahead and not noticing how dumb they really are and they’re just doing things because they think it’s funny and looks dirty.
It’s also a trip to once again hear Mike Judge doing the voices of Beavis and Butt-Head and he hasn’t lost a step in his performance. You can say their voices are easy to imitate but I honestly think they’re hard to completely duplicate. Mike Judge created the characters and he just has a way of delivering the lines in that just precise way Beavis and Butt-Head would do it. He also does do a lot of other voices but it’s still his performance of Beavis and Butt-Head that really sells it for me.
The entire movie’s plot does feel a little disconnected with each other as it basically has Beavis and Butt-Head going to different places and doing all sort of crazy stuff before moving to the next set-up. You may not notice it because of how well everything does flow together in a fairly coherent way. These situations do lead neatly to one another but they still do feel a little disconnected with each other. The side story of the agents and the governor trying to catch the duo do tie things together well as it does seem like Beavis and Butt-Head are consistently on the move in the attempts to elude them.
I will say that, as someone who grew up watching the old MTV cartoons, it feels kind of weird to see a Beavis and Butt-Head animated so… cleanly. The old cartoons really looked gritty and always felt like they were rushed but that just added to the charm to Beavis and Butt-Head. The first movie, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, and the “revival” season in 2011 and they did use this “cleaner” style of animation. It did take me a few minutes to completely adjust to the less dingy look but, overall, I appreciate the cleaner look because they do retain their old look. It’s just animated much better.
There are a few disappointments, though. For one, we never get to hear the classic Beavis and Butt-Head theme song throughout the film. It’s not played at the start and it’s not played during the closing credits. There’s also a severe lack of returning characters who play a significant role in the film. The only one who does is their teacher, Mr. Van Driessen, and he only shows up for a few minutes. The other characters do show up in the background but don’t really have any speaking lines, which is a crying shame. These are just nitpicks but, for someone who grew up watching the old MTV cartoons, I would’ve appreciated these things in the movie just to see what they’ve been up to for all these years.
Overall, I do have to give two thumbs up for Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe. It’s not going to be for everyone as those who are easily offended (which is getting a little more common these days) will probably not have the stomach for their antics and will wonder why the kids of today find this thing funny. Well, Beavis and Butt-Head have been doing these sort of antic since 1993 and we all turned out fine, right? I think people who just love a dumb comedy will appreciate this movie and would not mind all the double entendres and sophomoric jokes.
Huh-huh. I said “wood.”
Have you seen Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments section below!