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Beavis(2)
The first major motion picture adaption of "Mike Judge's Beavis and Butt-Head".
  • Creator: Mike Judge
  • Created: December 20, 1996
  • Budget: $12,000,000

SummaryEdit

The film opens with a surreal dream; Butt-head is now "Butt-Kong" , and he battles the fire-breathing "Beaviszilla" . This was revealed to be Butt-head's dream, which Beavis wakes him from. Beavis explains that their TV has been stolen in the night. Unable to piece together the very obvious crime, Butt-head declares that they must "find the butt-hole that took their TV".

The film opens with a 70s cop theme (song by the late Isaac Hayes).

After a 70's-esque opening, Beavis and Butt-head begin searching for the television. Butt-head suggests that they check Highland High. The duo decide to steal a TV from the AV club room, only to be stopped by Mr. Van Driessen. They told him that their tv got stolen, Mr. Van Driessen wasn't sympathetic about it. He thought it will be a good thing for the boys. He tried to get them to open to life experience and forget about TV, but failed. Beavis and Butt-Head laugh at him instead. They drop the TV down the front steps, where it is destroyed, much to Beavis' dismay. Principal McVicker expells the boys, and they wonder off to find another TV set.

The duo come across Tom Anderson's new camper, which his wife Marcy kindly lets them into. They get ahold of his TV, which Beavis accidentally destroys while spitting cola. Tom Anderson asked, "Are you those two kids that been whacking off at my toolshed?" Beavis and Butthead hide their laugh (implying that they're the culprits).

Later, they find a motel lineup, advertising "full-color TV". After interrupting McVicker's X-rated session, they find the open room of Muddy Grimes (Bruce Willis), who, in a drunken state, believes B & B-H to be hitmen. He offers them to "do" his wife, Dallas (Demi Moore), who left him beforehand. Butt-Head misconstrues "do" (murder-job) with "do" (intercourse), so they happily comply. Beavis refuses at first until Butthead convinces him that Muddy will pay them to "do" his wife and they'll buy a new tv. The next morning, Muddy drives Beavis and Butt-Head to the Highland airport, he also wants the two to retrive a leather bag and he book them a plane to Vegas. On the plane, after Butt-Head unsucsessfully tries to score with a flight attendant, they meet an old woman named Martha (Cloris Leachman), who Beavis believes to be a slut. The plane takes off, and Beavis gets ahold of Martha's "No-Drowz" pills, becoming "Cornholio" once more. The pilots are jumped by Cornholio, and the plane nearly crashes. They land in Las Vegas, where a limo driver announces that "Mr. Beavis and Mr. Butt-Head" that they have a limo waiting. They arrive at a casino, dancing the night away. Meanwhile back at Highland, the Moving Men (also the ones that stolen Beavis and Butthead's TV) show up at the Muddy's room. Muddy gets angry and he heads to Vegas to kill his wife and Beavis and Butthead.

The next morning, after receiving a hotel room, Beavis and Butt-Head come across Dallas Grimes, Muddy's aforementioned wife. Dallas plants a dangerous virus-chip, the "X-5 Unit", in Beavis's shorts. She promises that they can score with her if they meet her in DC. She books them a "DreamAmerica" tour bus, and sends them off. Dallas is later interrogated by Agent Flemming, ATF (Robert Stack of "Airplane!" fame). He and his sidekick Bork can only legally hold her for a short time, so they let her go anyway.

Meanwhile, Beavis and Butt-Head discover that Martha and her husband Jim are on the bus, and they make a visit to the Hoover Dam. The boys destroyed the Hoover Dam. (Tom and his wife get washed away from the dam.) Back at the ATF building, Flemming explains that the X-5 unit is a biological weapon, and they discover an elevator-security snapshot of Beavis and Butt-Head. When Beavis and Butt-Head destroyed the Hoover Dam, Flemming believed that they destroyed it to cut the power to get away. Flemming dubs them "the most dangerous men in America", and sends out a full search for them, after discovering that they came from Dallas's room.

The duo and the senoirs make trips all around the US, Flemming and Bork ever-so closer to catching the "crooks". The bus stops at "Old Faithful" gyser, and one of the tour guides recognizes the B's. He calls in Flemming, who sends out a head-hunt of SWATs after the giggling boys. At the gyser, the boys miss their bus, instead boarding a bus full of nuns. They semi-befriend the ladies, and mess around in the church's "port-o-potties" (confessionals). They get struck by lightning. They are ditched by the nuns at the Petrified Forest, and must now walk the desert to DC. Meanwhile, Tom ran into the ATF. The ATF showed Tom the picture of the boys. Tom recognized them. The ATF begin searching his camper. Later, Flemming and Bork head to Highland when they got report of Cornholio from the airport. When the ATF got to Highland, they search through Beavis's and Butthead's home and the hotel room that Muddy was staying. They later go to the school and they begin questioning the teachers about the boys. When Flemming questioned Van Driessen about the boys, he didn't answer Flemming's question. The ATF knock out Van Driessen and they take him into custody. Flemming yells at principal mcvicker for harboring two criminal master minds. The rest of the students get cavity-search. Meanwhile, Beavis and Butthead come across two old guys, bearing near-exact resemblances to them. These men are revealed later by Flemming to be ex-Motley Crue roadies/drifters who are Beavis and Butt-Head's biological fathers. Butt-Head's dad (David Letterman, falsely credited as "Earl Hofert") even shows off a trick involving a fart and a campfire.

The next morning, the two old men are gone, and Beavis and Butt-Head, still not knowing that the dudes were their dads, continue walking until they have to crawl, actually only a half-mile from the highway. Beavis eats a deserted cactus, which sends him into an acid-trip. Muddy finds them the next morning, but before he can kill them, they reveal that they only need to go to DC to "do" her. Muddy locks them in his trunk, and sets off to DC. They find an old jack in the trunk, and accidentally escape. They cause a traffic pileup, making the news. Muddy travels to DC alone, not knowing that the B's escaped. Flemming and Bork see Beavis and Butt-head on the news and they realize that the two are heading to Washington DC. Beavis and Butt-Head are reunited with the tour bus, and arrive in DC after a short montage. Later, Dallas sees the boys and she parks her car to meet up with them and to recover the weapon until Muddy shows up. They arrive at the White House after the Capitol (where they announce over the PA system that "they're ready to score" with the "chick with big boobs"). Beavis makes a speech that it's unfair that they traveled 100 miles thinking they were going to score but they never did. Beavis gets beat up by the bus driver. Later, he ingests coffee and a cupful of sugar cubes, and once again becomes Cornholio, disrupting the US in the Oval Office and setting the nation to Defcon 4. He wanders off in a group of foreigners, and ends up "whackin'" in Anderson's camper to a small photo of Dallas.

Butt-Head comes across the room of Chelsea Clinton, getting hurled from her window. He is found by the SWATs and Flemming, receiving a cavity-search from Agent Hurley ("Uhh, did I just score? Huh huh!"). Beavis/Cornholio is thrown from Tom Anderson's camper, and, without shorts and in underwear, parades back and forth down the road in the SWATs' shooting range. They are a hair from blowing him to shards, when Tom Anderson jumps out of the camper in anger/shock. The agents and Flemming arrest Tom when they found a picture of Dallas in his camper. The agents believed that Tom is an accomplice of Muddy and Dallas and they also believed that they were trying to frame Beavis and Butt-head. They hold him in custody with the previously-arrested Muddy and Dallas. Butt-Head catches the X-5 from exploding, and he and Beavis are honored.

Flemming tells Beavis & Butt-Head that he was wrong about them and their actions will remain top secret.

Beavis & Butt-Head are escorted by Flemming to the office of Bill Clinton, Beavis and Butthead are sad seeing him, who officially announces them ATF agents, they become ecstatic to be in the bureau of "beer, cigarettes, FIRE-arms, and chicks".

Their plane lands back in Highland, and, while walking home, they were not happy that they didn't score and they didn't get any money, however, they found their stolen TV. They walk back to their house with it, insulting each other with rude names. Beavis exclaims his need to stop in Anderson's tool shed, in a reference to "whackin'" once more.

BackmaskingEdit

During the desert scene when Beavis and Butt-Head have their hallucination, backmasking occurs in which Beavis says "I suggest that everyone go to college and study hard."[1]

Guest voicesEdit

Deleted sceneEdit

When Beavis and Butt-Head Do America premiered on MTV on August 7, 1999, an additional cut scene followed the movie. While visiting the National Archives, Beavis attempts to take a dump but cannot due to the absence of toilet paper in the stall. Butt-Head is equally angry because the urinals lack the automatic flushing mechanisms that had amazed him in Yellowstone National Park. After the rest of their tour group finished looking at the encased Declaration of Independence, Beavis sneaks out, breaks the glass with the US flagpole and steals it to use as "T.P. for his bunghole." While Archive guards rush to see what happened, Beavis cleans up, and exits the stall with a piece of the Declaration, containing John Hancock's signature, stuck to his shoe. The scene does not appear on the recently released DVD, although it is mentioned on the disc's commentary track. In the track, Judge noted that the scene did not test well.[citation needed]

Another alternate scene was done for when Butt-Head meets Chelsea Clinton in her bedroom, which showed her packing up to leave the White House. This alternate scene was made in the event Bill Clinton lost his 1996 re-election bid to Bob Dole.

SoundtrackEdit

Beavis and Butt-Head Do America: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack by Various Artists
Released November 5, 1996
Recorded 1995-1996
Genre Heavy metal, alternative rock, Hard Rock, ska punk, Hip Hop
Length 49:00
Label Geffen
Professional reviews
*Allmusic link
  1. "Two Cool Guys" - Isaac Hayes - 3:06
  2. "Love Rollercoaster" - Red Hot Chili Peppers - 4:37
  3. "Ain't Nobody" - LL Cool J - 4:38
  4. "Ratfinks, Suicide Tanks and Cannibal Girls" - White Zombie - 3:53
  5. "I Wanna Riot" - Rancid with Stubborn All-Stars - 3:59
  6. "Walk on Water " - Ozzy Osbourne - 4:18 *
  7. "Snakes" - No Doubt - 4:34
  8. "Pimp'n Ain't EZ" - Madd Head - 4:21
  9. "The Lord Is a Monkey" (Rock Version) - Butthole Surfers - 4:44
  10. "White Trash" - Southern Culture on the Skids - 2:03
  11. "Gone Shootin'" - AC/DC - 5:05
  12. "Lesbian Seagull" - Engelbert Humperdinck - 3:39

Noticeably missing are Mucha Muchacha, the version of Lesbian Seagull with Mr. Van Driessen singing, and the score tracks, which were released on a separate album.

"Two Cool Guys", written and performed by soul and funk icon Isaac Hayes, is a semi-parody of Hayes' Academy Award-winning "Theme from Shaft". It incorporates the theme from the Beavis and Butt-head television series as a rhythm guitar line, and series creator Mike Judge, who wrote the theme, is given a co-writing credit with Hayes in the soundtrack liner notes.

  • The version of Ozzy Osbourne's "Walk on Water" is not the same version included in the film. The film actually used an earlier demo version, while the soundtrack itself contains a later, more revised and complete version. The original demo, which appears in the film, can be found on Osbourne's Prince of Darkness box set. "Walk on Water" was released as a single and peaked at number 28 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks.[2]

RatingEdit

The movie was rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for continuous crude sex-related humor and language, and for a drug-related scene. It was also given a 12 by the BBFC for "frequent moderate sex references".

Awards and nominationsEdit

BMI Film & TV AwardsEdit

One award:

MTV Movie Awards 1997Edit

One nomination:

DVD releaseEdit

The movie was released on DVD by Paramount Home Entertainment in 1999. The bonus features on the disc were a widescreen presentation, and two theatrical trailers.

The movie was re-released on a Special Edition DVD in 2006 as "The Edition That Doesn't Suck!." It contained more in the way of bonus features such as audio commentaries, Spanish language tracks, more theatrical trailers, "Making of" documentaries, and more. It lacks the deleted National Archives scene.

TriviaEdit

  • Paramount executives considered making this a live-action movie.
  • In the desert scene, where Beavis and Butthead hallucinate, voices are heard in the background. When the soundtrack is played backwards, Beavis and Butthead are heard speaking clearly, including phrases such as "Everybody go to college, study hard, study hard."
  • Major Beavis and Butt-Head characters that never appeared in the movie at all include Stewart (even his mother and father), Coach Buzzcut, Todd, the Burger World Manager and the Maxi-Mart Owner.
  • One of the people sitting in the circle when the teacher sings "Lesbian Seagull" is Daria Morgendorffer, who later got her own series.
  • There's a line in the script that indicates that if 'Bill Clinton' lost his re-election campaign in 1996, there would be a change to the scene where Butt-head meets Chelsea Clinton. In the regular movie, she's folding clothes. But the scene was written so she could also be packing a suitcase instead with only a minor addition to the scene.
  • Beavis' hallucination scene in the desert was inspired by artwork drawn by Rob Zombie. The music of the scene is White Zombie's "Rat Finks, Suicide Tanks and Cannible Girls".
  • When Beavis and Butt-Head try to steal the TV from the high school, and Mr. Van Driessen stops them the Geffen Prodctions logo can be seen on the chalkboard
  • Muddy's red car is a 1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV.
  • Owing to the success of the film, a sequel was planned to be released in 1999, but plans were eventually scrapped.
  • Broke the box office receipts record for an opening weekend in December until Scream 2 was released the following year.
  • The version of "Walk on Water" on the official soundtrack is not the version that is heard in the movie. The version you hear in the movie is actually the 'demo' version, and it appears on Disc 2 of Ozzy Osbourne's 'Prince of Darkness' boxed set.
  • The name David Letterman chose as his credit for his voice-work in the film, Earl Hofert, is actually the name of his uncle, the same "Uncle Earl" Letterman routinely mocks on his show, especially for an incident where a drunk Uncle Earl supposedly said "Here, kitty kitty kitty" to the Thanksgiving turkey.
  • A reference to Butane made by the Tom Anderson character was changed from Propane to avoid a connection to Mike Judge's other animated series King of the Hill.
  • In the original cut, in the scene in which McVicker is being spanked in the motel room, he was naked from the waist down. The animators had to give him boxer shorts in order to get a PG-13 rating.
  • Mike Judge actually got the "is this a god dam" joke from his grandmother, and when she told him it, he didn't find it funny at all. Ironically, numerous viewers have since told Judge it's their favorite part of the movie.
  • In the DVD commentary, 'Mike Judge' confesses that the guitar riff from Beavis and Butt-Head theme music is the riff from AC/DC's Gone Shootin' played backwards.
  • All of the hotel/casinos shown in the Las Vegas scenes actually exist. In contrast, Mike Judge's "more serious" show, King of the Hill, used fake hotel/casinos during a visit to Vegas.
  • Beavis and Butt-Head are never shown working their jobs at Burger World in the film, although this is briefly referenced during the hallucination scene.
  • During the trek across the desert, the boys mention the 7-Eleven chain of convenience stores, a rare mention of a real-world store chain on the show.
  • The white trash hoodlums that steal Beavis and Butt-Head's TV are not unique to the movie. Their names are Ross and Harlan, and they previously appeared on the series robbing Stewart's house.

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