Three decades after they were first introduced in the short film “Frog Baseball” and nearly a dozen years after the first revival of their self-titled MTV show concluded, cartoon characters Beavis and Butt-Head are back for a Paramount Plus reboot series in August 2022. Whether it will continue beyond its first two seasons has yet to be decided, but it has certainly been well received, as has the 2022 TV movie “Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe”. At this point in the “Beavis and Butt-Head” franchise’s existence, no entry has garnered the attention of Emmy voters, but the time is right for that to change.
“Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe,” which premiered on Paramount Plus six weeks before the new series premiered, serves as a sequel to the 1996 theatrical film “Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.” The plot revolves around the titular teenage goofballs (both voiced by their creator, mike judge) traveling through time and coming into contact with sentient versions of themselves from a parallel universe. After the adventure is over, they return to their relatively tame lives in their series, which is a continuation of the one that aired on MTV from 1993 to 1997 and then briefly in 2011. As usual, almost every episode features a sequence in where kids watch real music or a YouTube video and provide their own youthful commentary.
The new movie “Beavis and Butt-Head” has a Rotten Tomatoes critics score of 97%, with the Los Angeles Times’ noel murray calling it “gloriously, hilariously raw”. The rebooted series has a perfect critic rating of 100%, as well as an impressive audience score of 96%. male andres (UK Times) notes that “Judge’s wit seems to have sharpened and matured”, while jesse hassenger (The Wrap) calls the show “comedy comfort food” and Brian Lowry (CNN) says she’s “as funny and proudly stupid as ever.”
“Beavis and Butt-Head” is the only franchise eligible for 2023 Emmy nominations in multiple long-form program categories, namely Outstanding Animated Program and Outstanding Television Movie. In their quest for the top prize, their team hosted the first installment of Season 2, consisting of two 11-minute segments titled “Meditation Sucks” and “Polling Place.” The series (both seasons of which aired during the current Emmy eligibility window) would be the first Paramount Plus production to be nominated for the top animation award. Another, “Star Trek: Lower Decks,” is also on the ballot this year, but has already been ignored in 2021 and 2022.
“Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe” could earn Paramount Plus its second Best TV Movie nomination after “Reno 911!: The Hunt for QAnon” set a precedent last year. If he manages to make the lineup, he’ll break new ground as the category’s first fully animated nominee. The fact that Disney Plus’ partially animated “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers” was prevalent here in 2022 gives “Beavis and Butt-Head” an undeniable edge, as does its inherent nostalgia factor and the status of its characters. as unsung cult heroes. By now, it’s clear that the franchise has a lasting cultural impact and deserves to succeed in at least one of its two potential major Emmy nominations.
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