Beavis and Butthead:

The Complete Collection

                    review by Bobby Blakey

There are few cartoons that have had the cultural impact and pop culture influence as Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head. I fell in love with this series from the moment I saw it 1993. I then saw the original Frog Baseball short that kicked off on MTV’s animated series Liquid Television and knew this was something that was going to be around for some time. Now Paramount is bringing the loveable morons home to fans with Beavis and Butt-Head: The Complete Series.

If you are one of the few that never saw the series it follows two socially incompetent, heavy metal-loving teenage wannabe delinquents, Beavis and Butt-Head, who go to school at Highland High in Highland, Texas. They have no apparent adult supervision at home, and are dim-witted, under-educated and barely literate. Both lack any empathy or moral scruples, even regarding each other. Their most common shared activity is watching music videos, which they tend to judge by deeming them "cool," or by exclaiming, "This sucks!". They also apply these judgments to other things that they encounter, and will usually deem something "cool" if it is associated with violence, sex, or the macabre. Despite having no experience with women, their other signature traits are a shared obsession with sex, and their tendency to chuckle and giggle whenever they hear words or phrases that can even remotely be interpreted as sexual or scatological.

I haven’t sat down with the boys since their 2011 revival and I must say that it is still as hilarious as ever. I love the crude animation from the early episodes that gave it its own look and style that made it stand out. I felt the expected nostalgia revisiting this one of a kind series from beginning to end. The jokes still hold up and the overall stupidity of it all is comedy gold. Obviously this series is an acquired taste, but if you can just let the immature side of your brain take over then you will always have a great time with this series. One of the things I did notice is that the show can wear on you if you try to just watch straight through as it is without the music videos included. Some of the best jokes of the series came from those moments, but fans have to understand that it makes financial sense to why they aren’t included. I loved those segments and found myself feeling cheated a bit without them there, but still had my brain melting in the best possible way from the silliness of it all. I will personally never get tired of this series and this collection is the perfect way to be able to revisit e3verything about the classic Beavis and Butthead universe anytime you want.

This new collection not only includes all seven seasons of the original run, the 2011 revival season and the special collector’s edition of the feature film Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. As if this wasn’t already enough of a reason to get your grubby mitts on this set it also includes numerous bonus features including  “Taint of Greatness: The Journey of Beavis and Butt-Head” Parts 1-3, VMA appearances, a Thanksgiving Special with Kurt Loder, the 1994-1996 Butt-Bowls, MTV 20th Anniversary Special, the original un-cut “Frog Baseball,” a 2011 Comic-Con panel featuring Mike Judge and moderator Johnny Knoxville, promos, montages, and much, much more.

Channel your inner child and grab your copy of Beavis and Butt-Head: The Complete Collection when it hits DVD on February 14th from Paramount Home Entertainment.

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