Beavis and Butthead Do America

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost seven years since we heard the first “uh, huh…uh,huh hu huuh’s” from two crudely drawn animated characters. As we all know, or maybe not, Beavis and Butthead started out as a short cartoon on MTV (I guess it has been a while since they only played music videos). Until the arrival of Beavis and Butthead, America (and the world) had to be shocked by cartoons like The Simpsons (which is the greatest show of all time) and Ren and Stimpy. Beavis and Butthead are slackers, plain and simple. They make your household dog or cat look smart. If you’ve ever sat back and watched an episode of their show, which you can’t anymore since it’s off MTV, all they really do is watch TV. What’s so scary about it is, that’s what most of us do all the time, and some of us then go and write reviews of what we saw on our website! So Beavis and Butthead gained enough popularity to warrant a movie, and why not? It was a Midas touch if you were a band, to be shown on episodes of Beavis and Butthead. They alone made careers like the ones of “Gwar” and “White Zombie”. So this brings us to the movie. What’s it all about you ask? Pretty much the same, just longer (why ruin a good thing, right)? Beavis and Butthead are asleep in front of their TV, only to wake and find it gone! Not knowing what to do, they head out on a search for their TV, or any TV. They need a TV! They mistakenly bump into local thug, voiced by Bruce Willis, who offers them $10,000 to “do” his wife. Beavis and Butthead, being the sex crazed virgins they are, misinterpret him and respond with “Whoh!” and are on their way to Las Vegas… While in Las Vegas, they indeed find the man’s wife (voiced by Demi Moore…how odd) and she isn’t pleased to find out why they were there. Also, she has stolen the X-5, a top secret goverenment toxic gas that could wipe out 5 states in 5 days if broken (the movie then cuts to a scene with Butthead kicking Beavis in the butt, to help an itch, where the X-5 is hidden). They are mistook for the thieves of the X-5, and suddenly Beavis and Butthead are the most wanted men, er—teenagers, in America. To give any more of the plot would be to ruin the movie, but be prepared for plenty of body cavity searches and jokes about “doin’ chicks”. If you’re a fan of Beavis and Butthead, the animated series, then chances are you will like this movie, as it’s basically a natural progression of the TV show. There are no music videos in the movie, though. And, lastly, I’ll clear up one thing…Beavis is the blond haired one, Butthead is the “other” one. Got it?

Video: How does it look?

The 1.85:1 anamorphic looked kind of grainy, at first. I then realized that was the way it’s supposed to look. Later on in the film, the animation changes during Beavis’ drug trip (it all makes sense if you watch it), and the images are crystal-clear. So, it occured to me that the animation was supposed to look a bit grainy and muddled, it’s not the picture’s fault, that’s the way it’s supposed to look!

Audio: How does it sound?

Really not that bad for a cartoon. A Dolby Digital 5.1 track is used, and it sounds good. When Beavis and Butthead blow up the Hoover Dam (again, it all makes sense if you watch it), the water rushing sounds pretty darn good. Music, helicopters, gunshots…the whole nine yards…it all sound good. No great!

Supplements: What are the extras?

Not much besides a couple of teaser trailers that I vaguely remember, this would make a good Special Edition, seeing as how Mike Judge (Office Space) directed this, as he also came up with the characters. But hey…beggers can’t be choosers. Overall, if you like the show, then you’ll like this. “Hey Beavis…pull my finger!”

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