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'''Michael Craig Judge''' is an Ecuador-born American cartoonist and animator born in 1962. In his early years he founded the Spike and Mike animation film festival. During this time, he did a couple of shorts featuring a pair of idiotic teenage boys named WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead. The shorts became a hit with audiences and soon evolved into an animated series on {{MTV}}. The show was known for its over-the-top gags, juvenile humor, and controversy over encouraging kids to imitate Beavis and Butthead's destructive antics (such as setting things on fire and huffing paint thinner), and after 4 years on the air the show was cancelled. It also spawned [[TheMovie a film]], ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtheadDoAmerica''.

Judge moved on to a new animated series, ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', which is a show about a propane ([[RunningGag and propane accessories]]) salesman Hank Hill and his friends and family. The show was known for being more realistic than most animated sitcoms (the show was often described by the creators as a live-action show that just happened to be a cartoon) and was the polar opposite of shows like ''TheSimpsons'' and Judge's own ''Beavis and Butthead''. After [[LongRunner 12 years of being on the air]] and being [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwed over by FOX with shifting timeslots and competition from other shows]], ''King of the Hill'' ended in 2009 (though there are four unaired episodes that ended up airing in 2010 on Creator/CartoonNetwork's AdultSwim line-up and whatever channel shows the series in syndication).

Another series of his was ''WesternAnimation/TheGoodeFamily'' on ABC, which was pretty much seen as a liberal, vegan version of ''KingOfTheHill''. Critical and audience reaction was generally [[SoOkayItsAverage "meh,"]] and it was canceled after one season.

In each of these shows, Judge himself voiced each of the male leads and several side characters.

Aside from his animated shows he's also directed a few live action comedy films including ''Film/OfficeSpace'' (based on his animated "Milton" shorts that appeared on ''SaturdayNightLive'' during the 19th season [1993-1994]), ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'', and ''{{Extract}}''. None of these films were successful at the box office, but the first two became {{Cult Classic}}s.

''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' got a well-received though short-lived {{revival}} in 2011.

Judge also animated the music video for ZacBrownBand's 2012 single "The Wind".

In 2014, Judge created a {{work com}} show for HBO called ''Series/SiliconValley''.

!!TV Shows Created:
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead''
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGoodeFamily''
* ''Series/SiliconValley''

!!Films Directed
* ''[[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead Beavis And Butthead Do America]]''
* ''Film/OfficeSpace''
* ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}''
* ''{{Extract}}''
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