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‘Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe' Sees Mike Judge's Horny MTV Duo Make Their Triumphant Return

Added 06-22-22 09:49:01am EST - “The animated metalhead doofuses are back in a new film?"the first since 1996?"that finds them in modern times and dealing with concepts like white privilege.” - Thedailybeast.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thedailybeast.com: “Beavis and Butt-Head Make Their Triumphant, Horny Return ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The animated metalhead doofuses are back in a new film—the first since 1996—that finds them in modern times and dealing with concepts like white privilege.

The world has only grown stupider over the past three decades, making the return of animation’s crown princes of idiocy, Beavis and Butt-Head, long overdue. Arriving June 23 on Paramount+ (along with their entire MTV TV series catalog), Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe is an admirable follow-up to 1996’s Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, proving that amusing inanity never goes out of style. In fact, such absurdity transcends eras, as does the senseless duo in their latest adventure, which follows them through a time-space portal that transports them from the cozy confines of 1998 to the perplexing landscape of 2022.

Situating Beavis and Butt-Head in a modern context would seem like a premise ripe for pointed satire, and there are definitely a few digs at contemporary culture sprinkled throughout Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe. Yet for the most part, the film’s scenario is merely an excuse for the same brand of braindead chuckling and sexual puns that have always defined Mike Judge’s comedy. Judge once again voices both hyperactive blonde-haired Beavis and nonchalantly doltish Butt-Head in this sci-fi saga (which he wrote with Lew Morton), whose animation—from famed studio Titmouse—is as familiar as its protagonists’ dim dispositions and dynamic. There’s nothing especially new here except the particulars of this narrative, which makes sense considering that Beavis and Butt-Head are entertaining precisely because of their reliably juvenile and horny responses to everything and everyone they encounter.

“There you have it—the greatest story ever told,” intones Butt-Head at the conclusion of directors John Rice and Albert Calleros’ Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe, and though that description is certainly up for debate, what’s not in question is the fact that Judge’s metalhead morons remain icons of perpetual witlessness. As they describe it, their second feature film is a “tale of two heroes on a quest to score. Across time and space. It’s a story of sex, violence, and power,” and it opens at the 1998 Highland High School science fair, where the winner will be awarded a trip to NASA space camp. For Butt-Head, however, it’s just a random venue at which he can partake in one of his favorite pastimes: repeatedly kicking Beavis in the nads. This leads to the sort of fiery mayhem that is pyromaniac Beavis’ bread and butter, and it lands them in court, where a judge makes the unlikely decision to try rehabilitating these wayward youths by sending them to said camp at Johnson Space Center, whose sign immediately prompts Butt-Head to quip, “It says Johnson.”

Beavis and Butt-Head care about nothing except banging their heads to rock and attempting to lose their virginity, the latter something they appear destined to never achieve. Still, they become convinced they’re going to get it on with a woman when space shuttle captain Serena Ryan (Andrea Savage)—who’s always accompanied by her pitifully underappreciated and resentful lieutenant commander Jim Hartson (Nat Faxon)—shows them the docking mechanism that will be used to connect her craft to the Mir space station on a mission to deliver a telescope used for observing black holes. This giant apparatus looks and works just like a penis and a vagina, and thus Beavis and Butt-Head are instantly mesmerized. Upon proving their preternatural adeptness at controlling this phallic machine, they’re enlisted to join Ryan and her crew on their assignment—a task they readily accept because Ryan promises they can “do it for real” in space.

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