Heroes. Villains. Visionaries. Butt-munches. Beavis & Butt-Head have been called a lot of things. Smart isnt usually one of them, but groundbreaking is. In this third installment of the earth-shattering Mike Judge Collection, the boys are back with more of their wisecracking, fart-knockingly-genius ways. Whether they make your stomach hurt from laughing, or because you have to, you know
one thing is for sure, Beavis & Butt-Head changed comedy and animation forever.
Just call it Beavis and Butt-Head
: Revenge of the Twerps
. In creator Mike Judge's third and final collection, the demonic duo takes out their pent-up aggression on some of their favorite targets. In "P.T.A." they get surly Mr. Buzzcut fired, In "Shopping List," they blow Mr. Anderson's grocery money on junk food, and in "Take a Lap," they destroy Stewart's kitchen. Ultimately though, they're their own worst enemies as when Butt-Head tries to get Beavis fired from Burger World ("In Service"), when he smacks Beavis in the face ("Nose Bleed"), and when they pierce each other's ears ("Pierced"). Judge plucked most of these 42 shorts from seasons six and seven. Standout episodes include the black and white "Leave It to Beavis" and "A Great Day," in which everything goes right for B&B: school is closed, they find a dead bird, and a murderer gives them hush money. Another high point is the two-part "A Beavis and Butt-Head Christmas," which takes on both It's a Wonderful Life
and A Christmas Carol
. As with previous sets, this box includes the original promos, such as "Beavis tries the new morning after pill--ands it works!" and "Next: foreman Beavis breaks the jury's deadlock with an impassioned speech...impediment. Stay tuned." Other extras include the uncut version of 1992s "Frog Baseball," part three of the documentary Taint of Greatness: The Journey of Beavis and Butt-Head
, and 15 videos with commentary. The best is surely Poison's ridiculously glam-tastic "I Want Action." Beavis and the brown-haired guy may have had a thing for the likes of AC/DC and Metallica--hair metal was another matter. --Kathleen C. Fennessy