Mike Judge on Extract

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Terry Gross of NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Mike Judge on Extract, his new movie starring Arrested Development‘s Jason Bateman — who plays the head of a vanilla-extract company.

This inverts the point of view of Judge’s early cult-hit, Office Space, which is from the hapless employees’ point of view. Only after Office Space and after Beavis and Butthead had grown did Judge understand the plight of the hapless employer.

He also discusses Idiocracy. I was hoping he’d mention Cyril M. Kornbluth’s The Marching Morons, from 1951 — which I recently read, in The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume Two — because it is clearly the basis for his movie.

Through the interview I found out that King of the Hill is only now coming to a close — and The Goode Family has already been cancelled. Sigh. At least I got to listen to an NPR host ask Judge about the show — delightfully awkward.

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