Mike Judge on Rebooting Beavis and Butt-Head for Paramount+ – The Hollywood Reporter

Just after 7 p.m. inside Neuehouse Hollywood on Tuesday, Mike Judge took the mic and began offering a series of thanks to the team that helped him bring the Beavis and Butt-Head goons back to the screen. in the couple’s first film since 1996.

He took a brief detour after mentioning the first two names on his list — Paramount Media Networks & MTV Entertainment Studios Chris McCarthy and Paramount Media Networks & MTV Entertainment Studios Chief Operating Officer Keyes Hill-Edgar — to detail a key lunch they had just before the pandemic hit which led to this episode, Beavis and Butt-Head make the universe.

“These are the guys who took the risk and funded all of this. I will never forget, we had lunch in March 2020, Friday the 13th, literally the day before lockdown,” the judge recalled. “I think Michael Rotenberg [Judge’s 3 Arts Entertainment manager] said, “They just want to know you’re not crazy,” and I don’t think I was. We literally sealed the deal the next day and the whole world, or most of it, and the country went into lockdown. We kept doing this whole movie without ever being in a room with each other, only on Zoom, until tonight. We find out the size of each.

The punchline landed well in a room full of comedy and animation insiders, judge superfans like Eric Andre, Luka Sabbat, Chris Kattan and Kate Flannery, and two members of the film’s voice cast, Nat Faxon and Brian Huskey. Judge then went through the rest of his gratitude session before the film took off for the first time in front of an audience.

Prior to his introduction, however, Judge spent some time walking the red carpet to speak to the press for the first time about the intake. Beavis and Butthead back for Paramount+. Created and voiced by writer, producer and director, Beavis and Butthead originated in Judge’s 1992 short baseball frogwhich debuted on MTV’s Animation Showcase liquid tv. MTV then ordered a full series and it ran for seven seasons from March 8, 1993 to November 28, 1997, as it followed the main characters, best friends and metal heads dressed in AC/DC and Metallica t-shirts, on a series of adventures in which most things are cool or totally suck.

The teens have become pop culture icons with their catchphrases adopted by legions of young adult fans. It was revived in 2011 with an eighth season airing on MTV, in addition to generating various related media, including the 1996 theatrical film. Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. The first film opened at No. 1 in 1996 and became a hit grossing north of $60 million.

Unsurprisingly, Judge was approached for sequels and spinoffs, and apparently at some point was cast by Paramount on a live-action version. When asked why it took so long, the judge replied The Hollywood Reporter“There were a lot of reasons. They did stuff that violated agreements with me and things like that but [a sequel] almost happened several times. We did the new episodes in 2011 and he almost came back several times. Every three years or so they wanted to start over.

He is currently preparing a new Beavis and Butthead series and he seems happy that his creation continues to be in such demand. “It’s really fun to do,” said Judge, who in addition to writing, directing and producing also voices the duo. “I hadn’t done it for so long. It’s not like I sit and do the vocals in my spare time or anything other than the band Portugal. The man asked me to do an introduction for them at Coachella. We used one or two of their songs to Silicon Valley and so I did it and thought it sounded like Beavis and Butt-Head.

The experience reminded Judge how much he still loved voicing the characters. “Paramount wanted to do it so I thought why not,” he explained. “It’s been a long time. There are people working on [new] show that weren’t born when it started.

Without giving too much away, Judge teased that fans of the Beavis and Butthead the universe will find some surprises in this new movie. “There is a [scene] where every version of you exists in an infinite universe and the most intelligent version of [Beavis and Butt-Head] comes in and it was really fun to do, just like their middle-aged versions,” he explained.

But no matter where they go, how old they get, or what problems they encounter, they remain the same in essence. “It’s still Beavis and Butt-Head and they’re pretty positive characters, generally speaking,” he noted. “You might not really think about it when you hear their names, but they usually think it’s all pretty cool. Or somehow it all sucks.

Mike Judge and Clifton Collins Jr. at the after party.
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Brian Huskey, who has a voice role in the film, praised boss Mike Judge “like America’s Armando Ianucci,” for his understanding of comedy (a winning compliment coming from a Veep star). “You just do what he asks because you know it’s going to be amazing.” Even if he admitted not having followed the series the first time. “I think I was trying to be a pretentious little indie-rock kid, [ignoring] because he was popular and on MTV. I didn’t watch it until later in life and I was like, wow, that’s really funny.
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“When I was growing up, [Beavis and Butt-Head] were a big part of my teenage years,” said Nat Faxon, who has a voice role in the film. “I feel very lucky to be part of his re-emergence. I’ve been blessed to work with some major people in the animated space and it feels like another hall of famer that I’m a part of.
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Eric Andre.
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Duke Nicholson and Luka Sabbat.
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Atmosphere (and drink menu) at the after party.
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Chris Kattan and his girlfriend, Maria Libri.
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