Beavis & Butt-Head: The Mike Judge Collection Volume 1
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Beavis is the one in the Metallica T-shirt. Butt-Head is the one in the AC/DC T-shirt. Hobbies include nose picking, head banging, and breaking stuff. Needless to say, they are very, very stupid. When not attending Highland High, (hardly) working at Burger World, or watching the boob (huh-huh) tube, they're harassing Mr. Anderson, who's often hiring them for some job or another. Emmy-winning creator Mike Judge (Office Space), who voices the characters, hand-picked the 40 shorts in this collection, including 23 director's cut editions.
Throughout the shorts, which were created for MTV, Beavis and Butt-Head do their worst. Stunts they pull on the dim-bulb Anderson, a prototype for King of the Hill's Hank Hill, include: Riding off with his mower ("Home Improvement"), chopping down his tree ("Lawn and Garden"), throwing his poodle in the washer ("Washing the Dog"), and destroying his golf clubs ("Pool Toys"). Fate has a funny way of catching up with the cretins, however, as when Beavis gets bit by a rabid dog ("Rabies Scare") and goes to hell ("The Final Judgement of Beavis") or when Butt-Head chokes on a piece of chicken ("Choke") and gets his mouth wired shut ("Patients, Patients").
Other characters include buddy Stewart, bully Todd, pinhead Principal McVicker, teachers Buzzcut and Van Driessen, and the Great Cornholio (Beavis's demonic alter-ego). Guest voices include David Spade ("Manners Suck"), David Letterman ("Late Night With Butt-Head"), and Gilbert Gottfried ("Right On"). As astute fans are sure to notice, this set omits the word "complete" from the title as Judge chose not to include those shorts he considers "really, really awful and embarrassing" (mostly those in which B&B set things on fire). Plus, there's more to come from seasons five through seven and the mini-documentary Taint of Greatness makes for a nice addition. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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No sitcoms can do that, so why would anyone expect the same from these cartoons? (Heh-heh ... I said "Would"). All 3 of these cartoons may be obnoxious at face value, but underneath, they throw occasional daggers at various people & groups in society -- pretty much, everybody.
And thanks to shows like South Park & Simpsons, holier-than-thou populations can be brought down -- or shot down -- to Earth for some humble pie.
In B&B's case, the absurd musicians & bands reaping the 80s-benefits of MTV-boosted popularity & fame were badly in need of humility, so B&B's music videos segments took aim & hit targets fairly well.
The first critic (not the original) was right -- the music video segments were the best part, especially when B&B railed on big-hair 80s-glamour-rock bands or on pseudo-tough rap artists (Beavis: "Snoop Dogg's in da howse!").
More importantly, B&B did exactly what MTV should not have allowed it to do -- serve as a reminder to the general public that the entertainment industry -- and entertainers themselves -- only exist in some distant land, across a chasm of hypocrisy & self-preservation. And they only appear on MTV & other channels humanizing themselves to increase revenues for all parties, boost album sales, & generate concert attendance.
In essence, B&B shows us -- teenagers in particular -- why musicians & artists should be admired, but never worshipped (as per Elvis & Beatles of previous generations).
OK -- maybe the story segments of B&B & the other shows sometimes blow chunks. But compared to vanilla-white sitcoms like Family Matters, Cosby, Full House, Everybody Loves Raymond, and so on, what choice do we have? Urkel vs. Beavis? Don't bother asking.
screechings from Beavis' pubescent voicebox need only pop this DVD in the player.
...Well, in many regards it
does pale, but the Bad Boys from Highland display the saving grace of finding sexual innuendo in just about *everything* (e.g., when Van Driessen [hippy teacher] says "I hope this wasn't too hard on you" and Butt-Head retorts "huh huh, he said 'hard
Whereas "South Park" is about a crew of eight-year-old smart-[alecs], "Beavis and Butt-Head" was about a pair of adolescent
dumb-asses, and hence was much better catharsis if you needed a fix of laughing AT people, rather than just WITH them.
Best of all is the title episode, in which St. Peter (huh huh, you said 'Peter') demands a full-accounting of Beavis' basically empty life.
This is mindless fun at its best, but I agree the music videos should have been included.
I'm not criticizing SP. I think both cartoons are funny and great. I just question pointing out the failings of one while missing the failings of the other. What's next, accusing Cheers of shooting from a bar a majority of the time while praising Everyone Loves Raymond for the recurring intruding mother?
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A classic but, you should switch your brain off when listening.Published 6 months ago by Kaven Sylvestre
This was purchased as a gift. It shipped really fast and was 'factory sealed' with no damagesPublished 16 months ago by Rebecca
Be warned that Volumes 1–3 do NOT contain all episodes; they are a "Mike Judge Collection" of his selections. Apparently there were a lot of crappy episodes. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Steven
The set is great, but Buyer Beware: The episodes have been edited. While watching the episodes, they seemed unusually short, even after taking into account that the music videos... Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2006 by Benjamin J. Atkinson
I thoght it was fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!i love bevis and butthead they rock!ya baby!Published on Jan. 25 2006
Dont buy any of these dvd's if you value the funniest parts of the episodes...the music videos. They arent included, but instead pushed out these horrible dvds that only include... Read morePublished on April 21 2003