Butt-Head hits the frog with the baseball bat
|Written by||Mike Judge|
|Directed by||Mike Judge|
|Music by||Mike Judge|
|Country of origin||U.S.|
|Distributor||Spike and Mike|
|Followed by||Peace, Love and Understanding|
Frog Baseball is the pilot episode of Beavis and Butt-Head, created by Mike Judge in 1992 for Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation, which aired on MTV's Liquid Television. It marks the first appearance of the Beavis and Butt-Head characters. It is available on Disc 3 of Volume 3 of The Mike Judge Collection as a special feature. It is also slightly edited from the original TV broadcast. The end title card that showed a still from the cartoon in which Butt-head's bat made contact with Beavis' head and reads "No animals were harmed in the making of this film... except for Beavis" is removed from the DVD version.
The short starts out with a title card that says "Inbred Jed's Homemade Cartoons", with the character of Inbred Jed staring at the camera giving a somewhat evil hillbilly cackle. Beavis and Butt-Head are then shown switching channels on their TV, watching various TV commercials and laughing at a Suzanne Somers Thighmaster commercial. While blowing up insects with firecrackers in a field, Beavis and Butt-Head spot a frog and exclaim "Frog baseball", They then proceed to play baseball with it. When they kill the frog, they see a poodle and charge after it with a baseball bat. The credits roll as you hear the duo hit the poodle with a bat and the poodle yelping in pain (not seen). The screen then reads "To be continued...", the credits roll, and a disclaimer reads that no animals were harmed in the making of this film, except for Beavis.
The short, along with the episode "Held Back", was also mentioned in the Beavis and Butt-Head episode "Snitchers", the 20th episode in the 8th season. The way the duo scream "Frog Baseball" in the short was also used in one of the music video commentaries in the first canon episode.