When Beavis and Butt-Head first appeared on MTV more than a decade ago, critics dismissed them as brainless couch potatoes who did nothing but watch TV and make lewd jokes about bodily functions. Today we know they were ahead of their time. Beavis and Butt-Head's unique idiocy profoundly changed television, movies, pop culture and the world. This historic box set, personally edited by creator Mike Judge, includes their finest episodes, specials, promos and guest appearances that so enriched a grateful and stupid nation. Creator, Mike Judge has chosen his next set of favorite episodes & music videos for this collectors edition box set.
The boys are back in town and more clueless than ever in their second collection. For this three-disc set, Mike Judge raided from seasons five and six. Throughout these short films, Beavis and "the brown-haired guy" break stuff ("Stewart Moves Away"), draw stuff ("Animation Sucks"), and mess stuff up ("Premature Evacuation"). They also adopt a crazed canine ("Bad Dog") and sign up with a dating service ("Vidiots"), among other high-spirited hijinks. As in The Simpsons
, the neighing ninnies never age (they're still 14), and, as in The Peanuts
, parents are mostly MIA. Recurring characters include terminally uncool buddy Stewart, caustic classmate Daria, sadistic bully Todd, gullible neighbor Mr. Anderson, diametrically opposed teachers Buzzcut and Van Driessen (one's uptight, the other's laidback), and jittery Principal McVicker. Let's not forget Beavis alter-ego Cornholio and his burning desire for "TP." After a shot of an espresso, he's back for the attack in "Buttniks." Then after a few bites of Halloween candy, he rises again for fan favorite "Bungholio: Lord of the Harvest." For all the scatological shenanigans, there's always been a certain sadness to Beavis and Butt-head
. In "Bus Trip," for instance, B&B reveal themselvesand not for the first timeas functional illiterates, while in "Stewart is Missing," they make his mother cry. If they didn't have each other, they would surely be the loneliest boys in cartoon land. Aside from the 40 shorts, Volume Two
includes 13 videos with commentary. The most appropriate: "If I Only Had a Brain" by MC 900 Ft. Jesus. Featuring the voice talents of David Spade ("Candy Sale") and Bobcat Goldthwait ("Party," "Beavis, Can You Spare a Dime?"). --Kathleen C. Fennessy