Screen capture via YouTube
A screen capture of an epsiode of “King of the Hill” via YouTube.

Mike Judge really is “King of the Hill” when it comes to animation writing.

Judge, a co-creator of the 1997-2010 Fox animated comedy “King of the Hill,” will receive Writers Guild of America, West Animation Writers Caucus’ 2016 Animation Writing Award for lifetime achievement, the union has announced.

Judge’s animation career began in 1992 when MTV picked up his animated short, “Frog Baseball.”

In 1993, MTV spun-off Judge’s increasingly popular animated shorts featuring a pair of bored, teenage heavy metal fans with a penchant for uttering deadpan social critiques into the series “Beavis and Butt-Head.” Judge supplied the voices of both lead characters and several others.

Judge co-wrote the 1996 film “Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.” He resurrected “Beavis and Butt-Head” in 2012 with 12 new episodes for MTV.

Judge also co-created the HBO live-action comedy “Silicon Valley” and wrote and directed the films “Office Space,” ” Idiocracy” and “Extract.”

“We’re very excited for Mike Judge to receive this long-overdue honor,” Writers Guild of America, West Vice President David A. Goodman said.

“His contributions to the field of animation, among them the groundbreaking `Beavis and Butt-Head,’ and the long-running hit `King of the Hill,’ have advanced the form of animation storytelling and continue to be a benchmark for creators everywhere.”

Judge was born in 1962 in Ecuador, raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and received a degree in physics from UC San Diego. He was an engineer and played bass professionally before beginning his animation career.

Judge will receive the award at the Writers Guild Awards Feb. 19.

—City News Service

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