Beavis and Butt-Head Do America
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America is a 1996 American adult animated road buddy crime-comedy film based on the MTV sitcom series, Beavis and Butt-Head. The film was directed by series creator Mike Judge, and stars the regular television cast of Judge, with guest performances by Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Robert Stack, and Cloris Leachman. The plot follows Beavis and Butt-Head as they travel across the country in search of their stolen television set, this movie is released on December 20, 1996, after one year hiatus of Beavis and Butt-Head, the second movie was later announced straight after the 3rd reboot for Comedy Central on February 24, 2021, this time for streaming services on Paramount+, the release date of the second movie has not been confirmed yet.
Beavis and Butt-head get a kick-start when two crooks steal their TV. On their mission to find a replacement, Beavis and Butt-head wind up in the motel of Muddy Grimes, where a case of mistaken identity has them sent to find his wife, Dallas. Due to misunderstanding Grimes when he says to "do" his wife, the two travel from Las Vegas to Washington, not realizing they've been sent out to kill the woman.
Why It Rocks
- It is very faithful to the TV series.
- Great advertising, including its tagline, "Coming to the screen too BIG for your TV".
- The movie uses traditional animation, which is a lot smoother than the TV show.
- Speaking of which, scenes like the trippy desert scene are a sight to behold by how impressively animated they are since the art styles used create such imaginative sequences.
- Well-written & intelligent dialogue with some inventive, engaging comedy & some hilarious one-liners (especially from Butthead).
- Beavis and Butt-Head are still a likable, hilarious comedy duo throughout the movie. Their comedic antics with their surroundings are both endearingly and extremely comical to see (especially with Beavis's blissful ignorance).
- Speaking of which, some adult themes aren't always treated as a joke (compared to the show) and maintains a nice pace with the comedy, storytelling, and dialogue, especially the scene with Beavis freaking out as the plane takes off.
- Tons of very handsome references. For example, the opening sequence nicely spoofing the Godzilla franchise.
- The opening credits also create a cool homage to the crime movies of the 1970s, particularly the Starsky & Hutch franchise.
- Because of this, some of the potentially predictable immature humor is actually subverted in a rather well-paced & clever way.
- Speaking of the humor & creativity, imaginative scenes like the trippy desert scene and the dream sequence at the beginning of the movie show how hilarious, comedic, creative, enjoyable & engaging the movie is since the scenes fit the style of the show very well with how it works into an full feature film.
- They use some running gags from the show including, "I am The Great Cornholio, and I need TP for my bunghole!", which demonstrates how well-timed the references from the show are and how they work with the plots in the movie's writing.
- Hilarious & memorable moments such as the plane scene and the aforementioned trippy desert scene.
- We get to meet Beavis and Butthead's fathers for the very first time, which is very heartwarming.
- A very well-written, consistent & humorous action-adventure crime story about Beavis & Butthead going to Vegas to score and to get their TV back.
- Speaking of the story, the side plots like with the villain protagonist Muddy Grimes are pretty interesting, plus it flows well with Beavis & Butthead being involved in them; tying to the plot with the duo like helping out with Muddy's plan to persuade the duo to "score" his wife. Of particular note is how Beavis & Butthead unwittingly defeat the main antagonists of the story, Muddy & Dallas Grimes (especially Butthead giving the defused unit back to the S.W.A.T. despite not knowing what it was), and the ending where the duo finally gets their TV back.
- Great voice acting.
- Great soundtrack which includes popular names in heavy metal, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, White Zombie (Rob Zombie's Band) and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
- Some of the potty, dirty & gross-out humor is still in here to be as expected, but it is rather downplayed & brief compared to the show's overuse of it.
- Jerky music score by John Frizzell.
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America received mostly positive reviews, which is the most successful movie of the Christmas season of 1996, led MTV to create more theatrical movies.