In what is surely the foolproof mark of growing status in Hollywood, Mike Judge is consistently unavailable for comment these days about his MTV creation “Beavis and Butt-head,” about pending movie and TV deals, about his life, about everything.
Even without Judge’s comments, however, this much is known about the white-hot animation king:
The 34-year-old won’t be doing any more “Beavis” segments for MTV after this year’s allotment of 15 originals is exhausted. But MTV admits that the door remains open to making a series of “Beavis” specials.
Judge is poised to sign a deal with MTV any week now for a sequel to his bigscreen hit “Beavis and Butt-head Do America,” the highest-grossing non-Disney animated film ever at $63.1 million.
The lofty success of Judge’s Fox primetime animated hit “King of the Hill” has given him primetime clout to go along with his cutting-edge counterculture artist stature, and convinced MTV and Paramount to lock up his services in a multiyear, multiproject deal before some competitor like Rupert Murdoch gets his paws on him.
Mike Judge isn’t just for dumb kids anymore. The world owns him now.