I wasn't terribly bummed out when Mike Judge's "Beavis and Butthead" cartoon ended its run in 1997. The show was funny but it never struck me the way, say, "The Simpsons" has. So I was pretty surprised when I watched the Beavis and Butthead/"Extract" video -- a movie written and directed by Judge, releasing today -- earlier this week and found myself totally into it all over again. There's something timeless about the chuckling duo, even if the music videos they once mocked have gone the way of the dodo.
What good timing then that Judge was asked about what the future of Beavis and Butthead is, in a recent interview with Cinema Blend's Katey Rich. Even better: there actually is a future for the bumbling idiots. Or there might be, at any rate. At the very least, it's something that Judge has given thought to and even put pen to paper on.
"Occasionally I'll get an idea. A while back, I was thinking, God it would be so fun to just have them working tech support. They're the guys you get when you call. I started writing stuff down."
I have to say, that's pretty freaking brilliant and an entirely believable "ten years later" scenario for Beavis and Butthead. There may not be much relevance anymore in the duo talking over music videos, but A-hole tech support phone operators... that's some straight comedy gold right there. Fans shouldn't get their hopes too high just yet though; Judge hasn't made any formal announcements.
"If they didn't take so long-- it would take at least two years [to make another 'Beavis and Butthead movie], and I haven't had two years to spare in a while," he said. "It is fun to do again. I worry that as I get older my voice is going to change, so I don't sound the same. But it was fun doing this one [for 'Extract']."
Would you like to see more "Beavis and Butthead"? What do you think of the possibility of seeing them as tech support phone operators? What other scenarios could you see them ending up in "ten years later"?