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 Beavis And Butthead
. 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 a film
, Beavis And Butthead Do America
Judge moved on to a new animated series, King of the Hill
, which is a show about a propane (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 The Simpsons
and Judge's own Beavis and Butthead
. After 12 years of being on the air
and being 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 Cartoon Network
's [adult swim]
line-up and whatever channel shows the series in syndication).
Another series of his was The Goode Family
on ABC, which was pretty much seen as a liberal, vegan version of King of the Hill
. Critical and audience reaction was generally "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 Office Space
(based on his animated "Milton" shorts that appeared on Saturday Night Live
during the 19th season [1993-1994]), Idiocracy
, and Extract
. None of these films were successful at the box office, but the first two became Cult Classics
.Beavis And Butthead
got a well-received though short-lived revival
Judge also animated the music video for Zac Brown Band
's 2012 single "The Wind".
In 2014, Judge created a work com
show for HBO called Silicon Valley
TV Shows Created: