Beavis And Butt-head and The Head


Beavis And Butt-head (1992-1997)
The Head (1997)
Type: Spin Off
Group: 37

   So back before MTV was 99% reality TV shows and 1% music videos, there was a time when the network thought weird ass cartoons figured into what they should be programming. The started with interstitial stuff, just little bits to throw onto the schedule here and there. Then they got the idea to make a show centering on these quick video bits. And so the God's of MTV said "Let there be Liquid Television". Two featured bits from that show - Aeon Flux and Beavis And Butt-head - ended up spinning off into full fledged shows of their own as well as feature films.

   Awhile later MTV tried a different angle on cartoons. Instead of a regular half hour show that just had a jumble of mostly stand alone shorts, what if they did a show that featured cartoons with a continuing story that continued week to week. And so MTV Oddities was born. Oddities was actually two shows under the one title: The Maxx and The Head.

   The Maxx was based on a cult comic book about a strange homeless man/superhero with massive spikes where his middle fingers should be and a toothy mask that tended to bite, whether he wanted it to or not. Despite that description, the Maxx was actually a massively good hearted guy.

   The Head was a totally original cartoon created for MTV. It centered around a guy who woke up one day to discover that his head had grown enormous and that, in fact, a demony little alien was living in his head. Our hero - The Head - soon teamed up with a number of other odd and freakish people and together they repelled an alien invasion of the planet. After the initial run of Oddities, The Head was brought back for an additional season as a show of its own.

   Here's the weird thing to me. Each "chapter" of both The Maxx and The Head ran 15 minutes. It would seem the original plan was for each episode of Oddities to feature one chapter of The Maxx and one chapter of The Head. But no. Somewhere along the line plans must have changed because they ran through all the chapters of one show, running two per episode, and then went and ran through all the chapters of the other show. If that had been the original plan, you'd think they would have just ran each of them as its own show without the overlapping Oddities title.

   Anyway, MTV being MTV, they decided to include a little wink wink nudge nudge to its other hit animated series, Beavis And Butt-head, inside both The Maxx and The Head. In The Maxx it was a simple case of The Maxx watching Beavis And Butt-head on TV. In the case of The Head though, they went for a very odd cameo within the first 5 minutes of the show.

   The Head starts with us being introduced to The Head and his problem - an alien squatter in his noggin. Then we quickly move to a government agency. Men in black types who keep an eye on things like alien head squatters. There is a knock on their door and a messenger hands them a video tape. The tape contains a news report about The Heads first public appearance.

   But the key thing here is not the tape but the courier who delivered it. Weirder than devilish-looking aliens living in other people's heads is the idea that any government agency would use Butt-head as a courier! Yep, America's famous dumb ass was the one delivering the tape. He opens the door, says, "Uh, here," and hands the government men the tape. Then they smack him around, wedgie him and toss him out on his ass. Butt-head says a final off screen, "That sucks," and that's it for him Apparently Beavis's reps were asking for too much money as he failed to appear making this Butt-heads one solo screen outing.

Other Beavis And Butthead Crossover Links
Beavis And Butthead and Daria
Beavis And Butthead and Liquid Television

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