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The morons are back: Beavis, Butt-Head return

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

Those beautiful morons are back.

Austinite Mike Judge screened 16 minutes (the show's opening segment was missing) of the first "Beavis and Butt-Head" episode for the home crowd on Sunday night at the Paramount Theatre as part of the Austin Film Festival.

Everyone picked up where we left off 14 years ago when the show went off the air, with the two endearing teenage fools still making the same awesomely dumb jokes and the audience once again roaring with laughter.

In the premiere episode, which airs Thursday night on MTV, the boys, inspired by seeing "Twilight," try to get a werewolf to bite them so they can become the undead and thus more attractive to hot, young women. It does not go well.

The glorious goofs turn their sophomoric brand of scathing wit on MTV family members "The Jersey Shore" and "16 and Pregnant," lampooning the reality programs and their easy-target casts. When Beavis and Butt-Head think you're stupid, it's really time to look in the mirror. The jokes made at Snooki and J Woww's expense are particularly priceless.

In the Q&A following the show, Judge said that the episodes would generally focus on making jokes at the expense of MTV shows and not music videos. In the '90s, he says, bands wanted their videos on MTV regardless of context, but as bands have come to rely less on video airplay, they seem to be a little more sensitive of being joke fodder. On the original iteration of "Beavis and Butt-Head," Judge and Co. could air any video they wanted, but now bands have to sign off on their videos being used. Sensitive rock stars.

Judge jokingly said he brought the boys back because he thought "TV was getting too smart."

With many a fanboy (and girl in the audience), the Q&A with Judge had more awkward gushing than sessions with Johnny Depp and James Franco over the weekend.

As for what fans can expect from the new episodes, Judge said that most of the original characters will be back, and he has received so many requests for Daria, that she, too, may return.

Those who love Beavis' alter-ego can look forward to Episode Four, "Holy Cornholio," in which a cult turns to the amphetamized clown as its leader.

Sunday night was a great reminder that sometimes you want something and don't even realize it. The time seems ripe for "Beavis and Butt-Head" to return to our living rooms and conjure the immature kid in all of us.