Mike Judge on the return of Beavis and Butt-Head in new series

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Beavis and Butt-Head return for the first time in 11 years with “Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head,” which premieres August 4 on Paramount+.

The series features the “Beavis and Butt-Head” pair in all their moral teenage glory and will throw in some surprises for longtime fans of the fire-loving Beavis and their equally sophisticated leader, Butt-Head. – both still intend on “scoring” with girls wearing their familiar Metallica and AC/DC t-shirts, watching videos on TV and making fun of them (and now on TikTok and YouTube too) and, basically , being only their annoying (cute?) self.

His return to television was preceded by film “Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe,” Which premiered at the end of June on Paramount+ (paramountplus.qflm.net/9WG5D0) – who also streams his 1996 film, “Beavis and Butt-Head Do America” and the classic series, which aired from 1993-97 and For one season in 2011 (both on MTV).

Beavis and Butt-Head Maker mike judgeThe 59-year-old spoke to The Post about their iconic pairing and how they changed (or didn’t) for the 2022 debut.

Was it difficult to get back into the skin of these two characters?

I never do these voices when I’m not doing a show; Every now and then, maybe twice a year, I’ll find myself in the car and something pops into my mind and I’ll just kind of [the voices] In small quantities for me. But it’s not something I ever do in my spare time. What got me thinking about doing it again… was [that] I band. introduced to Portugal. Human at Coachella; I hadn’t done voices in forever and I thought, maybe my voice is different, maybe it’s not right. But I tried it and heard it back and thought, ‘Oh, that still sounds like Beavis and butt-head’… and I thought, if there’s an offer maybe I should do it while I still can Am. I really like doing it and there were enough fresh ideas around. It’s still one of my favorite things to do.

Beavis and Butt-Head are sitting on a red sofa in front of a television set.  Beavis is looking at Butt-Head.  On the table in front of them is soda with a straw.
Butt-Head (left) and Beavis on their familiar ratty couch, watching the video.
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Photo of series creator Mike Judge.  He is wearing a blue sports jacket and a black sports shirt.  He is looking straight at the camera.
“Beavis and Butt-Head” creator Mike Judge, who voices both characters.
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Was it a conscious decision to combine TikTok and YouTube videos?

Yes. We wanted to update it to make it feel like there was a reason to do so, without putting in too much effort. I feel like if it’s fun for me and it’s making people laugh, that’s cool. It is the super of its time. Beavis and Butt-Head were never particularly hip characters, anyway. When the show first came on, when they aired my short [vignettes] In 1992, Paulie Shore There was all the rage. He had every hip catchphrase of that generation and I knew I couldn’t match him. So I consciously decided to make them very friendly. His T-shirt belonged to the band which was around for some time already. They didn’t start out particularly stuck in that time period. Rodney Dangerfield was popular when I was a teenager of 16 or 17; He was just a fun old man and he wasn’t trying to be young. The key is not trying too hard to be relevant – you either are or you’re not, and if you’re not, that’s what it is.

When the show first came out there was some discussion that [their T-shirts] Not AC/DC or Metallica but Nirvana or Pearl Jam. I remember going to a mall around the time I was leaving school—I was living outside of Dallas at the time—to see what the teens were wearing. I looked at this weird kid with braces and an ac/dc shirt and said, “Okay, that’s cool enough for me.”

The new opening theme feels different.

The original subject was me and a drum machine and I played everything else. Now it Gary Clark Jr., I’ve known him from around Austin for a long time before he grew up like he is now. I’m actually playing the opening riff but everyone else is Gary Clark in his house [recording] studio. I love it – the more I listen to it, the more I like his version. It’s amazing.

Beavis and Butt-Head are looking at what appears to be a barrel and are considering a position.  Butt-head's hand rests on his chin, as if he's thinking.
Beavis and Butt-Head consider the situation.
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Did you worry that Beavis and Butt-Head aren’t the PCs in their return?

I just think, “Why bother?” I think it was [“South Park” creators] Trey Parker or Matt Stone who said something I considered a great compliment. He said, “Beavis and Butt-Head” is like the blues: It’s the same thing over and over again but it’s good. I think it’s about right. You ain’t laughing at what they laugh at You’re laughing at what they think is actually a joke. There are times when you don’t expect it at all or try to throw something when you fully expect it It seems like it’s one or the other, sometimes. I didn’t want to make them smarter; there are TV shows for me, like “The Beverly Hillbillies or “The Three Stooges,” that I’ll be laughing at all the time, even if It should be the same kind of joke in one over. there is some relief to see [Beavis and Butt-Head] never grows much. with “King of the Mountains” I was trying to work in another category like “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” or “Leave It to Beaver”, the kind of show where the character learns something. have an episode [in the new series] Where Butt-Head is prescribed medication – we don’t say what kind – by the school psychiatrist… for his aggression at school, and he gets really good for a while. And it was really fun to do that and it just drives the Beavis crazy and their dynamic is completely thrown off. Butt-head is back to his normal self by the end of the episode.

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