Tuesday marked the 20th anniversary of the release of the feature film adaptation of the hit MTV animated comedy series, Beavis & Butt-Head, Beavis & Butt-Head Do America:
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America is a 1996 American animated road comedy film based on the MTV television series Beavis and Butt-Head. The film was directed by series creator Mike Judge, and stars the regular television cast of Judge, with guest performances by Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Robert Stack, and Cloris Leachman. The plot follows Beavis and Butt-Head who travel across the country in search of their stolen television set.
Previous offers by MTV to create a film version of Beavis and Butt-Head were rejected by Judge, but he eventually accepted one in 1994. When the film went into production, Judge and the show’s staff halted production on the series, while Judge and Joe Stillman wrote the script. They conceived numerous plot ideas, with Judge’s being the one developed into a film. The music was composed by John Frizzell.
The film was well received by critics and grossed $63 million in the US, becoming the biggest December box-office opening in history until it was beaten the following year by Scream 2 and subsequently one week later by Titanic. The film was theatrically released on December 20, 1996, by Paramount Pictures.
Beavis & Butt-Head’s television set gets stolen and the two go looking for it only to end up on a cross country road trip to Washington where Beavis ends up having a file consisting of a spreadable disease in his pants and him and Butt-Head become the most dangerous men in America.
This movie is very entertaining and it does a great job of giving us the same old Beavis & Butt-Head that we’ve come to know and love and still manage to only pull a PG-13 rating on the film.
The animation is pretty good, the story is nicely done, the characters are the same way we’ve come to see them as, and above all, the voice acting is great. You have some really big names in the voice cast, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Robert Stack, Greg Kinnear, and David Letterman, all of them are used very effectively.
And of course, how could I forget the trippy-as-hell desert sequence. It made no goddamn sense, it never is brought up again, but at the same time, it’s friggin awesome.
Beavis & Butt-Head Do America manages to give us a great feature length episode of the series and manages to pack on really great moments of comedy, some impressive voice acting, and just an overall fun film experience.
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