The rest of this article contains spoilers for the first two episodes of Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-head.
In an interview in August 2022 Hollywood Reporter, Beavis and Butt-Head creator Mike Judge revealed that he was offered a musical episode of the show, but turned it down because another adult animated series outperformed the program.
“I was like, ‘South Park did it better than anyone ever did,'” Judge revealed, causing him to dismiss the idea. Naturally, in South Park, the characters often start singing in the blink of an eye, and sometimes they put on full-fledged musical numbers in the middle of an episode; definitely a difficult act to follow. But Judge acknowledged that one moment in Mike Judge’s upcoming Beavis and Butt-Head episode does hint gently at something to do with the music world in general.
In one episode, Beavis comes to the conclusion that the garbage can’s fire is talking to him, and the flames are motivating him to do good deeds rather than destructive ones. “[B]“In the 90s, there was still a long history from the late 80s of metal albums being accused of being backwards,” Judge laughed. This storyline and a couple of times in both versions of the show where Beavis talks backwards. were inspired by these real-life allegations. But don’t expect to hear something mean from the mouth of a teenager; according to the judge, when Beavis’ speech is played backwards, the character can be heard encouraging fans to do useful things, such as staying in school.
Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-head hits Paramount+ on August 4th.