Beavis and Butt-Head are back!
Lest anyone think that 90's nostalgia had taken a backseat in the world of retro, the triumphant return of MTV's iconic bumbling duo just became real with the unveiling at Comic-Con of a five-minute clip of the newly-revived show.
As creator, Mike Judge explained: "I felt like TV was getting too smart."
Yet, the self-deprecation may end up proving ironic in a huge way. In fact, the new clip seems to prove, that, if anything, TV has become SO dumb, that Beavis and Butt-Head almost look sensible.
At one time, they were an often-cited example of Western Civilization's imminent downfall. Yet, the show's 14 year absence may have allowed viewers time to appreciate the smart satire that was cleverly-hidden amongst jokes about farts and boners.
Especially revealing of this idea, is a portion of the clip where Beavis and Butt-Head provide commentary for an episode of Jersey Shore, and manage to come out looking like shining examples of class by comparison.
Explaining the reasoning for the big return to the franchise, Judge explains:
“I quit because I was getting a little burnt out,” Judge says about halting the show in 1997. “[Then] I kept writing ideas down and kept thinking about doing a movie. King of the Hill was done and they came to me. And I thought this would be pretty fun to do. I guess the answer is: I like doing it. Also, I like to feel like they’re kinda timeless. I was already pushing 30 [when the show launched], I didn’t know what was hip. Pauly Shore had a show that was a hit and everything he said was all California lingo and I thought, ‘I can’t compete with that.’ [Audience laughs]. So I just made it very simple.”
What's pretty clear, is that the twosome have not lost a single beat. In fact, had it not been for the Jersey Shore clip, one might have easily concluded that the clip was just a re-run from the original 1990's run. The jokes may be older than a good portion of MTV's current demographic, yet, in today's much more complex world of Internet and social media, the show still manages to work. So, that lack of distinction may be a good thing.
Source: Entertainment Weekly