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Once upon a time, Beavis and Butt-Head swept the nation, becoming an animated sensation that would go on to be remembered among the most relevant 90s pop culture icons. And as though to provide necessary balance to the force, righting the scales against juvenile sex jokes, violence and whatever entertaining antics the two dimwitted protagonists got up to, Daria emerged, courtesy of Glenn Eichler and Susie Lewis Lynn. The MTV spin-off series put the witty, oft disdainful classmate of B&B front and center in her own show. The above video, which was shared by E! Online reveals the 5-minute pitch that got Daria out from under the shadow of Beavis and Butt-Head and into her own spotlight.
It's black and white and it plays a little like a comic strip, mainly giving us an idea of the look of the series, which - when finished - wasn't quite the same style as Beavis and Butt-Head, allowing the animated show to stand out even more as its own series. And we get a better look at who Daria is. She's not the kind of girl that wants to be pursued by the jocky football player. She'd rather pass him off to her ditzy sister Quinn, who apparently gets paged a lot. Nothing says 'dated' like "Get me to a pay phone!" 90s! It's awesome to get a look at the pilot that led to the eventual spin-off. It's hard to picture the 90s without a little bit of Daria's narrow-eyed stare coming into view.
In addition to color and spruced up animation, that 5-minute pilot is also missing one key ingredient. You're standing on my neck!