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BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD DO AMERICA
The Version That Doesn't Suck

Review by Gordon Justesen

Voices: Mike Judge, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Cloris Leachman, Robert Stack, Greg Kinnear
Director: Mike Judge
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Surround
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Studio: Paramount
Features: See Review
Length: 80 Minutes
Release Date: September 12, 2006

“WHOA! I think I just figured something out, Beavis!”

“What’s that?”

“THIS SUCKS!”

“YEAH, IT REALLY SUCKS!”

“This sucks more than anything that has ever sucked before. We must find this butt-hole that took our TV.”

Film ***

Beavis and Butt-head had become nothing short of a cultural phenomenon when it first debuted on MTV in 1992. The series had done so much for MTV that it led to executives at the network to ponder the possibility of a first…a feature length movie. Four years down the road, series creator Mike Judge returned the favor to both network execs and fans with Beavis and Butt-head Do America. And the good news for the fans was that the movie was true in every aspect to the original show.

The film’s release coincided with the end of the series in 1997. By that point, Judge was ready to retire his two idiotic teen misfits and move on to other projects. So the movie itself could be considered an important part in the farewell to Beavis and Butt-head, who I’m sure went back to their couch when it was all over.

The movie paints about the perfect plot scenario that you could get for making Beavis and Butt-head get off their butts (huh-huh, I said butts) and take a cross country road trip. The two wake up one morning to find that their beloved television set as mysteriously vanished, after five careful minutes of putting everything together. They search the town of Highland left and right for their TV. They even try stealing the TV from school, resulting in a foreseeable accident.

Their trail soon leads them to Muddy (voiced by Bruce Willis), who quickly mistakes them for two professional criminals he was meeting at the same location. He offers them a job, which is to “DO” his wife. If you’re at all familiar with Beavis and Butt-head, then you should know that there’s only one possible way they will interpret the assignment. Thinking they’re about to finally score, they gladly accept the job.

Before long, our heroes are sent to Vegas to meet their mark…for lovin’ that is! When they finally do come across the wife, Dallas (voiced by Demi Moore), she sees an opportunity to turn the tables on her scheming husband. Since they are focused on just scoring, she promises to help in that regard if they go back and DO her husband. Butt-head’s response to that proposal is absolutely priceless.

Thus begins Beavis and Butt-head’s wacky trip across America. The two manage to wreck havoc at everywhere from the Hoover Dam to the Grand Canyon to, yes, The White House. Before long, the two even become the target of a nationwide manhunt, after Dallas gives them up during questioning from stern ATF agent Flemming (pricelessly voiced by Robert Stack).

For me, Beavis and Butt-head Do America is about as good as any film treatment of the series can get. It stays a hundred percent true to the nature of the show and its characters. The only part of the film that could’ve been left out was a hallucination sequence (with nice animation from Rob Zombie). Everytime I watch it, I always find it to drag on too long and take me out of the film.

Needless to say, the movie is full of laughs from beginning to end. And no matter how much you laughed up until the two finally reach The White House, trust me, you’ll be laughing ten times as hard (huh-huh…hard!)

The movie already hit a home run with fans of the show, but even if you haven’t seen a single episode, and are looking for an incredibly stupid reason to laugh, Beavis and Butt-head Do America will DO you just right. Huh-huh…DO you.

Video ****

First off…this is the ABSOLUTE best format you will ever seen Beavis and Butt-head in. Not only is Paramount’s anamorphic presentation an outstanding one from start to finish, but the animation was upgraded a bit for the movie. The result is a terrifically eye-catching presentation, and one alive with amazing color and striking detail. Quite simply an amazing job.

Audio ***1/2

The 5.1 mix is tremendously strong from beginning to end, making this the best form you will ever hear Beavis and Butt-head in. Music is played in nearly every scene and the playback on each song is most excellent. Sequences of physical comedy and action also play off incredibly well. Dialogue delivery is clear as can be, as our Beavis and Butt-head’s endless chuckling.

Features ****

I remember when reviewing Vol. 1 of The Mike Judge Collection. I issued a wish to Paramount for a Special Edition of this movie. While I’m not sure if it played a part in them making it, my wish was no less granted. I dearly thank you, Paramount.

For this Special Collector’s Edition, aka The Edition That Doesn’t Suck, Paramount has delivered the best list of extras to accommodate any Beavis and Butt-head DVD release. Included is a Commentary by Mike Judge and animation director Yvette Kaplan , two in-depth featurettes, “The Big Picture: A Retrospective Making-of Segment”, “We're Gonna Score!”, where the MUSIC score is detailed…not what B&B want it to detail. Then there’s “The Smackdown”, a hilarious montage of characters getting slapped or fighting in the movie. Lastly there are TV Spots , Celebrity Shorts and Teaser Trailers.

Summary:

Being the true fan of the series, I can honestly say that Beavis and Butt-head Do America is, and remains, a more than perfect big screen transition for our beloved heroes of stupidity. And this new Special Collector’s Edition release from Paramount serves as the perfect capper to the legacy of B&B on DVD.

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