That’s a slightly misleading title. There is no Beavis prequel. I repeat, there is not a Beavis prequel. The one-on-one event at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 was moderated by Jackass star, Johnny Knoxville. Judge charted his course from being an engineer, musician, and a teacher to an animator. MTV gave Judge his start by airing his first four animated shorts in Liquid Television, with the series premiering in 1993 after the success of the “Frog Baseball” short.
Explaining where the names of the characters came from, Beavis was the surname of a friend back in Judge’s hometown while Butt-Head was the nickname of a local idiot. He didn’t intend to give the town in which Beavis and Butt-Head is set a name, but he distractedly named the high school Highland (which is the name of the Alberquerque school where his mother taught). Judge joked that he brought the show back because he felt like TV was getting too smart. He explained that originally, he ended the series after being burned out, stepping away from the characters in spite of offers for sequels to the movie, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.
Many of the characters from the original series are coming back, including the hippie teacher and gruff military teacher (I find it hilarious that he doesn’t call the characters by their names). Judge talked about pranking truckers over the CB by asking for locations of vegetarian restaurants in his hippie teacher voice. Not only will the characters in the new show be riffing on videos, they’ll be taking shots at footage from series like Jersey Shore and UFC fights. Judge also said that at this point, there are no guest stars lined up for the series. This could to change given the regular lineup of special guests on King of the Hill.
When asked about the animators he looked up to, Judge gave some love to Tex Avery and the golden age of animation, as well as John Kricfalusi, creator of Ren and Stimpy. He also assured us that the show was not made in a Korean sweatshop–but the studio has a “creative” use of space. In terms of influences outside of animation, Judge credits Cheech and Chong and Jerry Lewis. He still respects the timing of Cheech and Chong and their comic timing, noting how well put together Things Are Tough All Over is.
We then saw footage from an episode called “Werewolves of Highland,” which occurs after the boys have seen Twilight and decide that to pick up girls, they’ll have to become vampires. Yeah, that’s definitely more Beavis and Butt-Head – that is to say, yeah, I would really like to see more of this! The show strikes a nice balance between smart-stupid and stupid-stupid that worked so well with the original run of the show.
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