Mike Judge on the Return of Beavis and Butt-Head, the Demand for Daria, and a ‘More Relaxed’ MTV

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Film director and animator Mike Judge leaves Sirius XM Studios on October 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images) Photo: Ray Tamarra/Getty Images

Normally, specializing in stupid would be a dubious achievement. But for Beavis and Butt-Head creator Mike Judge, it’s become his enduring cultural contribution. In the fourteen years since his embattled MTV show was yanked off the air, the Austin, Texas, resident found success in his other animated series, Fox’s now-canceled King of the Hill, and directed such cult hits as Office Space and Idiocracy. (“Obviously it’d be great if they were a big hits out of the gate,” he says in retrospect. “But if a movie is good, it will find its audience.”) After those detours, Judge is rebooting his beacon of controversy, which makes its debut tomorrow on MTV. Always game to straddle that fine line between stupid and clever, Vulture sat down with Judge and discussed everything from politics to GWAR to trombones. Heh-heh, we said “bones.”

Jersey Shore is all about sex. Are Beavis and Butt-Heat still virgins?
[Without hesitation.] Yes. Always.