Posted on Friday, September 4th, 2009 by Devindra Hardawar
It seems that everyone has been swept over with a wave of Beavis and Butthead nostalgia after they were featured in a recent Extract promo, and I’m sure that trend will only continue after word gets out about what Mike Judge has been thinking of doing with them if given the chance. Our colleague Katey Rich over at Cinema Blend scored quite the scoop when she got Judge to reveal that he’s considered what it would be like for Beavis and Butthead to be in tech support, as well as what they’d be like as 60 year olds.
When asked how he felt about revisiting the characters, Judge responded:
I don’t ever want to close the door on that, but it seems like a couple of times when I’ve done interviews and say I’ve thought about, I go on the internet and see a headline that says I’m starting on the sequel. If I did do another movie, I wouldn’t think of it as a sequel, it’s just another. I don’t think of the Cheech and Chong movies as sequels. If they didn’t take so long– it would take at least two years, and I haven’t had two years to spare in a while. 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.
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.
As someone who’s worked in the tech support field for far too long, I could totally see Beavis and Butthead landing a gig somewhere under a manager that doesn’t know anything about technology. I’d also love to see them living with the technology we have today—don’t forget that in 1997 (when the series ended), the Internet was not widely used, cellphones were a luxury, and the iPod didn’t even exist. That possibility definitely excites me more than seeing them as old men. I’d rather Judge save that story line for several years down the line, and give us some sort of Beavis and Butthead sci-fi adventure similar to criminal adventure they went through in the first film.
Honestly, I hope that Judge seriously considers reviving Beavis and Butthead, especially now that Extract is out, and The Goode Family has been cancelled (it felt more like a King of the Hill spinoff than anything truly original). I don’t think I’m the only one that’s shocked how much I miss these two idiots.
Discuss: Could further adventures of Beavis and Butthead still work today? What other sorts of hijinks would you like to see them get into?