Beavis and Butthead Do The Universe                          review by Bobby Blakey

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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. In 1996 the boys made the transition to the big screen with their feature film Beavis and Butthead Do America as well as a revival series in 2011. Now the boys are back for an all-new movie Beavis and Butthead Do The Universe, but does it bring the fun back to everyone’s favorite idiots or will it fail to find the TP for its bunghole?

Beavis and Butthead Do The Universe follows Beavis and Butthead who are found guilty for destroying a science fair in 1998. Following their arrest, Beavis and Butt-Head are sentenced to a space camp. Naturally, the duo becomes distracted by a docking simulator and their perverted senses of humor, while they wind up on a space shuttle. Things go from bad to worse as they travel through a black hole and teleport to the current day of 2022. Being unfamiliar with the times, they start to look for love, figure out how to use iPhones, and become hunted by the Deep State.

I cannot tell you how excited I was to get to go on another journey with the boys and it does not disappoint. Make no mistake they aren’t bringing anything new to the formula nor should they, but they definitely went all in. With the revival show they never really mentioned the year so it was to be assumed that it took place in the late 90s like the previous series. That is part of what makes this film work even better is that the entire story is really just and epic journey to get them into the present day without having to age or change them in anyway and I love it.

   

The animation looks the same, but does have a cleaner look that I really dig. They do have a sequence that offers up some fun CGI style animation to set the tone, but made sure to keep it grounded in its original style. This film takes the same format road trip as the previous film, but with a lot more space travel and all the fun things you want from the boys including sexual innuendos, the great Cornholio, chaos and laughs. Big props for not trying to change the direction of it all in these different times and letting these two loveable idiots just be who we love them to be.

Mike Judge is right back in there voicing them to perfection and bringing more love to his creations with a fun cast backing him up including Gary Cole, Nat Faxon, Chris Diamantopoulos, Chi McBride, Dave Herman, Tig Notaro, Stephen Root, Jimmy O Yang and more. They all did a great job and it all took me back to a fun time in the world of MTV and animation. While there are no videos here we get all that we love about Beavis and Butthead in all its brand new glory.

There is also word that this feature film is the set up to bring back all-new episodes, but only time will tell and I hope it happens because I need more of the boys in my life. Until then check out Beavis and Butthead Do The Universe streaming exclusively on Paramount + now.