ON THE SAN DIEGO landscape in the ‘80s — in the mulleted years immediately following the “stay classy,” “Anchorman: Legend of Ron Burgundy” era — roamed past and future pop-cultural touchstones that still have die-hard audiences today:
Then: Eddie Vedder could be found near the sand and the San Diego State campus before finding his Pearl Jam mates in Seattle. Today: Cameron Crowe’s new “Pearl Jam Twenty” documentary spans the global grunge-sprung band’s career two decades on.
Then: Peter Gibbons was a UCSD student years after becoming the original voice of Charlie Brown, he says. Today: His voice can be heard like an animated holiday tradition, in Thursday night’s “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (ABC at 8 p.m.).
Then: Mike Judge was also at UCSD, a physics student who doodled several years before he created MTV’s first true cartoon icons: Beavis and Butt-Head. Today: After nearly 15 years away from the center spotlight, the arrested adolescents Beavis and Butt-Head make a highly anticipated return to MTV — where in the absence of music videos, they will now mock in-house reality shows such as “Jersey Shore” (MTV at 10 p.m. Thursday).
And the cartoon dudes are ready to rock themselves stupid.
The fandom for “Beavis and Butt-Head” has seemed barely to ebb. Judge told Comic Riffs in 2009 how he has continued to get requests to do those distinctive, “huh-huh-huh”-ing voices.
“I get that a lot,” Judge told ‘Riffs. “But I do the voice of Butt-Head pretty quietly. If I'm in a restaurant or bar and someone asks me to do it, they can barely hear me. And they go: ‘You're not the guy! [Expletive!]’
Adds Judge: “ I don't have anything spontaneous to say — they're not the kind of characters that are [easy to make up] a conversation for.”
But now, those scripted conversations are ready for re-quoting.
As the eternal teenagers Beavis and Butt-Head return, here are Six Prime Clips for getting in the pottymouthed, “spoofing stupidity” mood, Mike Judge-style (some perhaps NSFW):
1. THE UNFINISHED PENCIL TESTS:
2. “FROG BASEBALL”
(aka The Bloody Animated Short That Started It All):
4. “ANIMATION SUCKS”
(aka Judge Responds to his Visual Critics):
5. BEAVIS & BUTT-HEAD DO LETTERMAN:
And of course, the immortalized:
6. “VAYA CON CORNHOLIO”:
MIKE JUDGE ON: “The Goode Family”
MIKE JUDGE ON: “Extract”
MILA KUNIS ON: “Extract” & "Family Guy”