Mike Judge


Mike Judge Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Mike participated in Boy Scouts as a Cub Scout.

    • Mike is good friends with South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker.

    • Mike is one of the most respected cartoonists amongst his peers.

    • In 1999, Mike wrote and directed the live-action movie Office Space, in which he had a cameo. The movie, which had a mere $10 million budget, only grossed $10.8 million in box office receipts, but has gone on to make millions in video and DVD sales.

    • Mike's short Office Space was picked up by Comedy Central in 1991 following a Dallas animation festival.

    • Mike started out as a solo animator, with shorts about creepy, mentally disabled characters, such as Milton of Office Space fame.

    • Beavis and Butt-Head was born after MTV gave Mike Judge an animated series based on the characters from his "Frog Baseball" shorts.

    • Mike enjoys spending time with his family, they go camping, fishing and boating together in his free time.

    • Mike was tormented by playground bullies and losers in junior high school, and considers making fun of them in his work the best revenge.

    • Mike continues to work as an actor on the final season of King Of The Hill, voicing the characters Hank Hill, and Boomhauer.

    • Mikes favorite bands are: Aerosmith, REM, Smashing Pumpkins, and Kid Rock.

    • Mike is fluent in Spanish.

    • Mike released the full length animated movie Beavis and Butt-Head Do America in 1996.

    • Mike created the Beavis and Butt-Head series for MTV from a short that he developed in 1992 called Frog Baseball, that was featured on Liquid Television. Beavis and Butt-Head ran from 1993 until 1997.

    • Mike is an animator, voice actor, actor, writer, director, and producer.

    • After graduating from college, he worked on F-18 fighter jets.

    • Mike's movie Idiocracy, starring Luke Wilson, based on a dystopic society set 500 years in the future was released by Fox without any substantial marketing campaign,and was dumped by Fox after two months of screening. It was billed by select theaters as the Untitled Mike Judge Comedy.

    • He was Donagon Giggles in Spy Kids Two: Island of Lost Dreams.

    • He had a cameo in Jackass: Number Two.

    • Mike married Francesca Morocco in February of 1989, they are raising their two children in Texas.

    • In a Dallas based blues band, The Rockets, Mike played the bass guitar.

    • Co-founded The Animation Show in 2003, a festival of animation that put animated short films into more movie theaters in North America than any other in history.

    • Raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    • He has created Beavis and Butt-head for MTV and King of the Hill for Fox. In late 1996 he was determined to get King of the Hill off the ground and bring Beavis and Butt-head to an end. This resulted in a struggle with both networks as he tried to convince them that they were two completely separate shows. Wanting to work on King of the Hill for Fox while not completely turning his back on MTV he relented to allowing a series focusing on Daria but wanted to put the project in someone else's hands.

    • Mike received a BS in Physics from the University of California, San Diego. He went on to work as an engineer and a musician. He then moved to Dallas, Texas to pursue his music career, but soon started to develop his animation skills, and changed his career path.

    • The characters of Mr. Tom Anderson (from Beavis & Butt-Head) and Hank Hill (from King Of The Hill) are based in part, on his experiences with his neighbors in Texas.

    • Mike was born on October 17, 1962 in Guayaquil, Equador.

  • Quotes

    • Mike Judge:(when asked what changes he would like to see in the industry) It would be nice-and some directors have this-if you could go out and cast whoever you want with no arguments from the studio.

    • Mike Judge:(when asked what about animation appealed to him in his youth) I've always loved the way cel animation looks, particularly in a theatre. And it seems like people my age (he was 41 at the time of this interview) just assumed good animation was gone. It seemed like it had all just gone to hell. Saturday morning stuff was pretty bad, especially for people like me who loved the old Warner and Disney stuff. So when I first saw an animation festival in 1985 while I was in college I was blown away, as there was all this cool-looking stuff being done independently. I wanted to be a part of that, but I thought, "Well, I have no idea how to do that. Even though it's being done independently, it's being done by people with commercial studios."

    • Mike Judge: (when asked how he went from engineering to animation) I'd always wanted to try animation, and as a separate pipe dream, I wanted to go into comedy somehow, but I knew stand-up wasn't for me. Engineering didn't last very long for me, so I was a musician for, I guess, six years. I thought of animation as something I wanted to try if I was ever rich or retired. I went to an animation festival, and there were some cels from a local animator there. I'd always assumed that you had to buy an expensive camera, and it seemed like something I couldn't afford. I never thought about it long enough until I saw this guy's cels. Then I thought, "Okay, you can probably rent a camera to do all the work." So that's what I did. Actually, I bought a Bolex camera for $200 and started messing around with it. I just nerded out on this stuff, and the first thing I finished was the first "Office Space" short.

    • Mike Judge: They (Beavis and Butthead) are the bastard children of the sexual revolution.

    • Mike Judge: (On being asked when he realized Beavis and Butthead had become more than just TV characters) Well, two things come to mind. The first was hearing senators talk about them in Congress. And the second was hearing Arnold Schwarzenegger in True Lies saying, "I've got Beavis and Butt-head after me." That's when it really hit home.

    • Mike Judge: The Simpsons went against the rules and it was huge. And in a way, this went against the rules also and it was huge, and Ren & Stimpy did. It seems like now is the time that it could really work.