Beavis & Butt-Head Return to MTV, Disc

After a seven-year absence from MTV, Beavis and Butt-Head are coming back to present at the 2005 MTV Music Video Awards on Aug. 28. In addition to announcing the winner of the Viewer’s Choice Award, the duo is likely to throw in a plug for the Nov. 8 release of their new DVD box set.

King of the Hill co-creator Mike Judge kicked off his cartoon career with Beavis & Butt-Head, an animated show about two heavy metal-loving pre-teen idiots who wreak havoc on the neighborhood when they’re not critiquing music videos. The series built a dedicated cult following before joining the ranks of MTV’s highest rated shows and becoming permanently entrenched in American pop culture. The small-screen success led to the1996 theatrical feature, Beavis & Butt-Head Do America, which grossed more than $70 million. Subsequent DVD releases have sold in excess of 5 million units, and fans snatched up more than a million copies of video games based on the property.

Beavis & Butt-Head: The Mike Judge Collection, Volume 1 promises to be the most comprehensive episode compilation released to date. No specific details of the box set have been released at this time, but we’re hoping for some good extra features such as a few of the early shorts and animation tests Mike Judge exhibited during The Animation Show, a traveling festival he spearheaded with independent animator Don Hertzfeldt (The Meaning of Life Rejected). Our fingers are also crossed for some of the Milton shorts that aired on Saturday Night Live and inspired Judge’s live-action feature, Office Space.

Judge is currently putting the finishing touches on his second live-action feature, Idiocracy, which stars Luke Wilson as a man who is revived in the future to discover he’s the smartest man on Earth.