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For All In Tents and Porpoises

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‘He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.’  ~ Job 8:21


One of the fringe benefits of working in the archival world is the wide and diverse network comprised of those employed in the same vocational endeavour.  A few of us took advantage of said connection this past week and were granted a behind-the-scenes tour of the King of the Hill exhibit at the Texas State University’s archives which is part of their Southwest Writers Collection.  One of the co-creators, Jim Douterive, began donating scripts, sketches, and other ephemera years ago.  Eventually, the donations turned into storyboards, memoranda, animation cells, and much more. 

We really enjoyed getting a view of the archives and archives accessories and the ‘inside baseball’ on KOTH was priceless for a fan of the show such as myself.  Here are some photos (click the thumbnail to enlarge the photo):

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Some of the scripts and an enlarged storyboards.


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The animators often add their own personal touches to their copies of the scripts.



This is a memo from the content reviewer indicating changes that will need to be made in the script prior to the episode going into reruns and syndication.



One of the many lists of the cardinal rules for animating our favourite Arlenites.


I really enjoyed seeing all of the work that goes into producing the show–it’s a great deal more than you might imagine.  For all intents and purposes, Hank and the rest of the gang at KOTH really do exist.  The writers even have several books that they refer to as comprising Hank’s philosophy on life: ‘The Death of Common Sense,’ ‘What’s Right with America,’ and ‘Texas Trivia You Thought You Knew’ just to name a few.  And, judging by their production notes and script drafts, those guys are not only funny–they’re, without a doubt, brilliant

The exhibit will be open until the 14th of December in San Marcos.  If you get the chance to see it, I would highly recommend that you do so.  However, even after the exhibit itself is dismantled, the KOTH materials will remain in the collection and are, for the most part, available for research.  As a bonus, the collection will continue to grow as long as the show is in production!


Written by ninepoundhammer

December 8, 2007 at 9:23 am

Posted in Silly

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  1. #1–your title made me giggle, mostly because for the first few years of my life, I thought the phrase was “for all intensive purposes” until Andrew corrected me. hahaha
    #2–I think you have a very cool job. This was an interesting post.


    December 8, 2007 at 11:52 pm

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