638. The Honky Problem – Mike Judge

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SUMMARY: A country band play their limited repertoire in front of a bemused and, eventually, hostile crowd.

WHY IT’S HERE: Mike Judge is one of the greatest names in TV animation. Though often overlooked in favour of ‘The Simpsons’ or ‘Family Guy’ clamour, Judge is responsbile for at least two masterpiece series, ‘Beavis & Butthead’ and ‘King of the Hill’. Amongst the clutch of early Judge shorts, which include forerunners to his live-action feature ‘Office Space’ and embryonic versions of Beavis and Butthead, ‘The Honky Problem’ stands out as the funniest. Though there is a hint of mean-spiritedness about its eventual punchline (Judge handled the topic more sensitively and fairly in ‘King of the Hill’), this very funny two minutes showcases Judge’s skills as an observational writer of great wit, an animator of enormous energy and, especially, a voice actor of exceptional talent.

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