When Mike Judge presented the new Beavis and Butt-Head to the Television Critics Association, I raised my hand with lots of questions. He clarified that there’s no mention of the time that’s passed, they’re still watching music videos, the boys still look crappy in hi-def and they have still never scored.
There was still so much more to discuss though. Judge had said that he’s having Beavis and Butt-Head review movies, Siskel and Ebert style. We saw clips of a fat Beavis and Butt-Head, old Beavis and Butt-Head on scooters, and of course the great “Holy Cornholio” episode shown at Comic-Con.
MTV held a cocktail party poolside in Beverly Hills with the stars of their summer and fall line-up. When Judge saw me, he knew I was the guy with lots of Beavis and Butt-Head questions, so this time he indulged me at length.
Q: What movies are you having Beavis and Butt-Head review?
Mike Judge: So far I’ve just done one, Human Centipede.
Q: Oh my God, that’s perfect!
MJ: Yeah, when I saw it, in fact that gave me the idea, I’ve got to have Beavis and Butt-Head review this. That’s the only one I’ve done so far and one of the things I have them do after they show a clip of the movie is I have them talking about how there’s going to be a Sex and the City 3, why don’t they combine it with a Human Centipede sequel and just have those girls all get lost in the forest, the doctor strings them all together and you get two sequels in one. Since I’ve done that, now there is a sequel to Human Centipede. It’ll still play hopefully. That’s part of the reason we’re waiting is we want to do a movie that’s just coming out. We have this animated set of them on a Siskel and Ebert like set.
Q: Are there studios that would let you see a rough cut to start writing and time it to a release of a movie?
MJ: Yeah, we’ve talked about doing that. Luckily, with that kind of stuff, it’s what we call repurposing, same with the videos. So it’s a little quicker turnaround.
Q: Would a mainstream studio allow you to Beavis and Butt-Head one of their films?
MJ: Yeah, they would but as far as putting it on DVD down the road, probably not. I think you have to go to the actors and stuff like that to do it.
Q: Well, you’re part of the Paramount family. You could at least coordinate with them.
MJ: Yeah, I think we’re going to do it for some. If it doesn’t end up being sellable on DVD and Netlflix then we’ll just do it for the time being just for fun.
Q: I love the “Holy Cornholio” episode. Did you ever think you’d bring spiritual depth to that character?
MJ: No, that started out very small, just going off on a tangent, just being goofy and then building on it and building on it. I got this really great feedback before it aired, just from people who worked on the show, just when I would say the name, it doesn’t mean anything. But then I started thinking of just making it sound more and more grand even though it’s this stupid little thing.
Q: The fat animation is hilarious, but I always wondered, they eat nachos all the time anyway. How are they so skinny?
MJ: That’s a good question. I spent a lot of time going back and forth on those drawings of them fat. Because of what you just mentioned, they’re eating crap all the time anyway but I just figured maybe if they’re really trying, because they think they’re going to get laid, then they’ll eat way more than usual and gorge themselves beyond what they normally would do. It was a fine line. When you make them fat, they automatically look old. If it’s baby fat, it looks too cute. I just wanted to come up with something that looked funny and I think they have a funny look.
Q: Is there an episode where they’re old and on scooters?
MJ: Yeah, it’s a short bit at the end of an episode. That’s another thing I want to do more of. That’s at the end of an episode. I’m thinking of doing an entire episode where they’re in their late ‘80s. I can always imagine them being in their teens and in their ‘80s but in between is tough for me.
Q: The best part of the video segments was when they had random conversations. My favorite was when Beavis started making pancakes. Can you still do that this time?
MJ: Oh yeah, quite a bit. I still do a lot of that. What’s kind of new and where I really felt like I hit a stride with this one and got a bunch of new information was having them watch Jersey Shore and 16 and Pregnant. I’d never had them watch shows with dialogue before. I just decided to play it like they’ve just seen every episode, because I have teenage daughters so I became very familiar with it. Also I gotta admit oddly and modestly, I got a little hooked on it myself. That was a new thing but then a couple of those, they just talk about whatever. So yeah, I still do that.
Q: Could there be another movie at some point?
MJ: Yeah, I guess so. I feel like I have a couple pretty good movie ideas that I’ve saved. I was going to maybe do two parter TV episodes but I ended up not.