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Beavis and Butthead- Animation Sucks

February 26th, 2007

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Feast your sockets on this occular candy!

In 1989, Beavis and Butthead brought in a new generation of cartoonists, a new style and voice for film makers. It was the coolest show I had ever seen.

Sure, it was drawn terribly but it was funny as hell and I watched it incessantly. I confess sometimes, I still laugh like Butthead, just because it makes my still makes my wife laugh after all these years! I know I’ve seen every episode and it’s still as fresh and irreverent as it was when I last saw it back int he early 90’s.

It also made me realize that film was more about character than it was about the design. Yes, it’s important to have a well designed character (and some have extremely strong feelings about this) but if they have the personality of a wet soap dish then it’s not compelling enough to watch. Beavis and Butthead had buckets of character!
C’mon admit it. You KNOW someone like these guys don’t you? Maybe you ARE like one of these fellas!

Don’t worry, I’ll never tell.
-Mike Milo

From Wikipidia:
The two characters made their debut in a 1992 low-budget short film entitled “Frog Baseball”, in which the two played baseball with a living frog as the ball. The 40-second animated film was featured in Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation that same year.

MTV became interested in Mike Judge after seeing his popular 1991 short film, Milton (later made into the feature film, Office Space). MTV hired Judge to work on animated segments for their new TV series, Liquid Television. Judge created two animated shorts for the show, both of which served as pilots for the actual series. These segments became the most popular animated segments of Liquid Television’s entire airing[citation needed], thus paving the way for the series debut shortly thereafter.

Mike Judge has said that he imagined Beavis and Butt-Head as slacker students at the real-life Highland High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he lived. Specifically, he first created Butt-head as his idea of the archetypal slacker high school student, incorporating the look, name, and voice of a friend who invited anyone to kick him in the rear-end, calling himself “Iron-butt.” He modeled Beavis after a nerdy classmate, and styled the voice after his own interpretation of what a typical “frybrained teenager” would sound like, incorporating the raspy laugh of the aforementioned classmate.

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I love B&B. And I love the design too. Why? It’s always seemed to me that quality is in the eye of the beholder, to coin a phrase. I love the Ramones a lot more than the Eagles, though the “quality” of the Eagles was a lot “better.” Sure they played “better,” sang harmonies “better,” produced “better.” What of it? The Eagles sold a lot of records, but the Ramones changed the world. Same with Beavis, Butthead, and Mike. Now the world’s a funnier place.

 

If your animation has a true soul, then it doesn’t really matter what it looks like. The most powerful music I’ve heard lately is Daniel Johnston.. and he can’t even really play guitar and he doesn’t keep a straight beat very well either.

 
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