Beavis And Butt-Head Do America (1996)
A while ago, I took a look back at Beavis And Butt-Head, the animated sitcom created by Mike Judge that caused a stir on MTV in the 90s, before going on to also be shown on Channel 4. These characters were a cult hit, and it was decided that there should be a film version made. Suddenly, the zaniest duo on TV after Dick And Dom were destined for the big screen.
Most episodes of Beavis And Butt-Head consisted of them sitting around at home and watching the television. They especially liked to watch and comment on the music videos on MTV, which probably wasn’t a coincidence. But in the film, they lose their TV, and they are at a loss. They need a new one rather quickly, is there a chance that this is going to essentially be Dude, Where’s My TV?
They soon end up travelling across America, meeting a wide variety of rather strange characters along the way. They end up in Las Vegas, which is pretty cool. They also do lots of other things including going on the wrong bus, having some trouble with their shorts, and having a run-in with lots of rather important people. They end up saving the day, but they don’t even seen to know how.
They are considered to be rather heroic by lots of people, which is a feeling that they’re not normally used to. All of that effort just to be able to watch a repeat of Baywatch, it’s definitely a day that they won’t forget any time soon. This film has been released on DVD, as part of a big boxset, and also individually. Extras include a commentary, plus various trailers and adverts.
One of the songs on the soundtrack was a cover of “Love Rollercoaster” by Red Hot Chili Peppers, which was released as a single in the UK in 1997, and made the Top Ten, which was great. This film was fairly well-received by fans and critics, even receiving the much-coveted “two thumbs up” accolade. And over 25 years on, there are rumours that there is finally going to be a sequel made.