The ultimate Gen X slackers are ready to return to their well-worn couch: Beavis and Butt-head creator Mike Judge confirmed via Twitter that his iconic, idiotic teenage antiheroes will be returning to the screen with new content on Paramount+ this year, and shared a sneak peek at what Beavis and Butt-head will look like 30 years after the events of their debut in his short, Frog Baseball.
Beavis and Butt-Head will be returning this year with a brand new movie and more on Paramount+. No exact date yet, but soon. They need some time to get back in shape. pic.twitter.com/tN5rePP9Kn
— Mike Judge (@MikeJudge) January 5, 2022
Comedy Central inked a deal with Judge to reimagine and expand the property back in 2020, in line with the ViacomCBS strategy of exploiting established brands in its entertainment catalog across Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, et al. Daria, a 1997 spin-off of Beavis and Butt-head, is getting its own spin-off, Jodie, developed by Tracee Ellis Ross.
The original announcement had the channel committed to two seasons of a rebooted series, which follows Beavis and Butt-head as they navigate a whole new Gen Z world. Two-time Emmy winner Judge (King of the Hill, Silicon Valley) is set to write, produce and provide voices for both leads. The original movie was announced in February of last year in a pandemic-appropriate Zoom style video:
Paramount+ recently played with aging up the elementary school set of long-running Comedy Central animated series South Park in the first of 14 planned “special event” titles due out in the next seven years, South Park: Post COVID. The series, which has been airing on Comedy Central since 1997, is renewed through 2027.
Launched in 1993, Beavis and Butt-Head centered on two teenage couch potatoes, riffing on TV music videos and struggling to skate through school and work with a minimum of effort, ever striving for the “cool” and hoping to “score.” The show struck a chord with its unfiltered satire, as well as by tackling issues like teen obesity, workers’ rights and media trends in its own unique way. The original series ran for seven seasons through 1997, with a revival in 2011. A theatrical feature film, Beavis and Butt-head Do America, was released by Paramount Pictures in 1996.