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Michael Craig Judge (born October 17, 1962) is an Ecuador-born American cartoonist, filmmaker and animator, raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He had originally pursued a career in science and mechanical engineering, but quickly grew disinterested in it and decided to focus on filmmaking instead. During this time, he produced a couple of animated 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. Whilst equally acclaimed, the show courted controversy from Moral Guardians for its' over-the-top gags, juvenile humor, and its' tendency to encourage 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 a lot of measures were taken so that way it wouldn't come off as too cartoonish or exaggerated) and was the polar opposite of the wackier animated 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 free-to-air TV 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 in 2011.

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, and in 2017 created Tales From the Tourbus for Cinemax

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