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BEAVIS & BUTT-HEAD VOL. 2

Review by Gordon Justesen

Voices: Mike Judge
Creator: Mike Judge
Audio: Dolby Surround
Video: Full Screen 1.33:1
Studio: MTV Home Entertainment
Features: See Review
Length: 226 Minutes
Release Date: June 13, 2006

“Where do you get all these ideas, Butt-head?”

“Uhhh…they come from my weiner.”

Shows ***1/2

I found out something most interesting in one of the extras featured in Volume 2 of Beavis and Butt-head: The Mike Judge Collection. In an un-aired segment of the wildly popular VH1 series, I Love the 90s, Trey Parker was quick to mention that if there was a single show to influence his South Park, Beavis and Butt-head was indeed the show. I couldn’t have put it better myself.

Truth be told, to this day I still find Mike Judge’s animated series to be far superior to South Park. I guess most of that has to do with the fact that I never fully got around to becoming a regular SP fan as so many of my colleagues, though I admire Parker and Matt Stone’s willingness to push the envelope as far as it could be pushed. But Judge’s creation of two of the most insanely idiotic characters in the history of animation will forever hold a dear spot in my heart.

The reason for this is simple: although nobody ever seems to want to admit it, Beavis and Butt-head was something of a smart and edgy series. It just so happens that in order to illustrate how smart and edgy it was, the series had to delve very deep into uncharted areas of stupidity. But hey, even if the show had no smart subtleties whatsoever, the antics of Beavis and Butt-head alone are enough to make the show the milestone series that it is.

Volume 2 of the wonderfully assembled Mike Judge Collection includes 40 more madcap misadventures (which are mostly from the 94-96 period of the show’s run) of the two unmistakable dimwits who cause havoc for just about everyone in the town of Highland. Among the victims of Beavis and Butt-head’s antics, it’s pretty much the usual lineup. Everyone from they’re uptight principal, Mr. McVicker to their wimpy neighbor Stewart fall prey to the inexplicable actions of our two heroes. But perhaps the most tortured victim of all, and for good reason, is their hippie home room teacher, Mr. Van Driessen.

Episode highlights include the classic “Lightning Strikes”, where our heroes attempt to copy a stunt involving that of flying a kite during a lightning storm, a la Ben Franklin. After getting injured, a reporter interviewing them is quick to assume that they were copying something they saw in a music video. “Animation Sucks” depicts the two’s attempts at conveying the absolute best excuse of visual art they can come up with. And then there’s “History of Women”, where Beavis and Butt-head are forced to deliver a thoughtful oral report (ORAL, HUH-HUH) on the history of women. You’ll simply have to see for yourself what it is they get out of this report.

But the one episode that stands out as the best in the collection is “Bus Trip”. Who could ever forget this classic where Beavis and Butt-head execute their most embarrassing antics yet during a field trip on board a school bus. But the capper of this short really has nothing to do with the two lead characters, but rather a little something that happens to the peace-loving Mr. Van Driessen as he attempts to calm his students on the trip with a performance of a self-written song called, what else, “Touch a Mountain”. All I can say is I’m grateful that I am now able to rewind and watch this particular scene as many times as I want, because it never gets old.

Here is a complete listing of the animated shorts:

DISC ONE:

"Plastic Surgin'"

"Stewart Moves Away"

"Top O' the Mountain"

"Bad Dog"

"Lightning Strikes"

"Party"

"What's the Deal"

"Wet Behind the Rears"

"Animation Sucks"

"Candy Sale"

"Here Comes the Bride's Butt"

"Pregnant Pause"

"Oil Change"

"History of Women"

"Beavis, Can You Spare a Dime"

"Premature Evacuation"

"Bang the Drum Slowly, Dumbass"

"Close Encounters"

"Vidiots"

“Tired”

DISC TWO:

"Whiplash"

"Spare Me'”

"Womyn"

"Murder Site"

"Another Friday Night"

"Patsies"

"Spanish Fly"

"Sexual Harassment"

"Green Thumbs"

"Bus Trip"

"Blood Pressure"

"Feel A Cop"

"US History"

"Date Watchers"

"Gang of Two"

"Stewart Is Missing"

"Prank Call"

"Babysitting"

"Buttniks"

"Bungholio: Lord of the Harvest"

Video ***

These classic animated shorts are presented in their original full screen format, courtesy of Paramount and MTV Home Entertainment. As was the case with the Volume 1 collection, the unique animation style comes across as close to perfect, which pretty much is what to be expected in this form. Color performance is indeed the high point of the presentation, boasting many memorable visual moments.

Audio ***

While not exactly something that equals to reference quality, the 2.0 mix supplied here does offer a most strikingly clear form, resulting in the best possible way to experience this series. The frequent bits of music sound terrific enough, and spoken words are more than well delivered.

Features ***1/2

This three disc set also delivers some truly rockin’ extras, which can all be found on the third disc. Included are 13 Music Videos with B&B commentary (My favorite, of course), as well as the documentary “Taint of Greatness: The Journey of Beavis and Butt-Head, Part 2”, An endless collection of Beavis and Butt-Head Promos, An Interactive Link to Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt's The Animation Show Website, Beavis and Butt-Head Special Appearances Including Butt-Bowl '94-'96, MTV's 20th Anniversary Special, Moron-A-Thon Clips Featuring Snoop Dogg, and More.

Summary:

The moronic brilliance of Beavis and Butt-head continues on DVD with Volume 2 of The Mike Judge Collection. I don’t think I have to remind dedicated fans that this three disc collection is a must have. You’d have to be a dumbass not to think that, a huh-huh-huh-huh!

Lastly, I’m pleased to report than in addition to Volume 3 of The Mike Judge Collection, which will be released later this year, a Special Edition of Beavis and Butt-head Do America will surface in September! That’s cool, a huh-huh-huh-huh!

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