10 Things You Should Know About the New Beavis and Butt-Head
This past weekend at New York Comic-Con, Beavis and Butt-Head creator Mike Judge presented the inaugural public screening of his classic animation's rebooted first episode. Chris Linn, MTV Executive Vice President of MTV Production, introduced the pilot. Luke Wilson, Judge's friend who starred in the director's feature-film cult spoof Idiocracy, "moderated" a post-viewing panel discussion. This meant the affable Wilson asked his pal a few questions Wikipedia could've answered ("You were an engineer, right?") and then subjected himself, along with Judge, to an audience-commandeered Q&A, one of those rare moments when a big-shot film actor sits unarmed without a mediating publicist. (Consequently, Wilson not only allowed an excitable young woman to pet his head, but also got asked if he or his brother Owen got "better trim," a question he politely rebuffed.)
But Wilson was just a high-wattage prop ("I don't even know what I'm doing here," he admitted). The real stars were those walking teen-boy devil-horns from Highland, Texas, who, as you've surely heard, will be insulting MTV's own reality programming along with music videos. Perhaps unsurprisinglygiven the low-hanging fruit of Jersey Shore and 16 and Pregnantthe 2011 pilot is hilarious. Here's what else we learned from the panel.
1. Beavis and Butt-Head (the show) is, as has been mercifully reported, exactly the same format as before: two 12-minute shows back-to-back, each spliced with the characters' asinine running commentary. In total, there will be at least 24 shows and 12 episodes, as Judge told Rolling Stone.
2. Beavis and Butt-Head (the characters) will still be the same old politically ignorant, apathetic degenerates. (When someone asked if the duo would perhaps tackle current political events like gay marriage and Occupy Wall Street, Luke Wilson interjected, "I've never met a guy less interested in politics," meaning Judge.)
3. Sardonic alt-girl spin-off star Daria Morgendorffer will return to Highland for "some kind of cameo," Judge admitted, declining to provide further specifics.
4. Effete hippie teacher David Van Driessen, coach Bradley Buzzcut, and Winger-shirted wimp Stewart Stevenson are all in the first episode.
5. Beavis and Butt-Head tackle Jersey Shore in the pilot. J-Woww has just learned to make pizza in Florence, Italy and says to the camera, When "I'm 80 years old and I'm teaching my kids how to make pizza and they ask me, 'Oh, where'd you make pizza?' [I'll say] Bitch, I made it Florence." Leave it to Beavis: "So she's gonna call... her grandkids... Bitch?"