Derek Savage (real name: Darryl Ray Evans; born: May 13, 1962) is a director and producer who is most recognized from his universally panned movie, Cool Cat Saves the Kids, and his equally bad movie Gun Self-Defense for Women, both made by his company, Derek Savage Productions (previously called Cool Cat Productions). He is often considered to be one of the worst film directors of all time. However, lots of his films have gained a cult following and are often reviewed on YouTube, thanks to a bunch of reviewers.
- TBA - Cool Cat Stops a School Shooting
- TBA - I Have Cancer: A Medical Marijuana Story (Documentary)
- TBA - Cool Cat Flips a House (Video short, upcoming)
- 2021 - Cool Cat Fights Coronavirus (Video short, upcoming)
- 2019 - Cool Cat's Crazy Dream (Web short)
- 2019-present - 420 Awards (Award show)
- 2018 - Gun Self-Defense for Ladies (Documentary; re-edit of Gun Self-Defense for Women)
- 2018 - Cool Cat: Kids Superhero (re-edit of Cool Cat Saves the Kids)
- 2017 - Savage Crime Show (Video short)
- 2016 - Gun Self-Defense for Women (Documentary)
- 2015 - Cool Cat Saves the Kids
- 2013 - Cool Cat Finds a Gun (Video short)
- 2012 - Cool Cat Stops Bullying (Video short)
- 2012 - Cool Cat in the Hollywood Parade (Video short)
- 1985 - Back to School (Film debut, extra)
Why He And His Movies Suck
- All of his films are horribly edited, particularly Cool Cat Saves the Kids, where lots of errors were left in the final cut, as well as the movie itself just being a mish-mash of some short films featuring Cool Cat.
- Bad acting in all of his movies, especially from Savage himself.
- His movies are supposed to be educational and have good messages. However, they often send out bad messages rather than the intended ones. As a result, a lot of them come off as mean-spirited.
- Many of his films have recycled footage. Cool Cat Saves the Kids and Cool Cat: Kids Superhero are the worst offenders, as they're just Cool Cat Stops Bullying, Cool Cat in the Hollywood Parade and Cool Cat Finds a Gun made into one whole film, with the second video already using footage from the 2011 and 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parades, new footage to tie them together, pointless new scenes in Kids Superhero and an ending that resolves all the plot threads. Gun Self-Defense for Women also needlessly shoehorns in archive footage of Cool Cat Finds a Gun. Cool Cat's Crazy Dream is literally footage from the second video, with Savage dubbing over Jason Johnson as Cool Cat. And Johnson wasn’t even credited.
- To add to this, Cool Cat: Kids Superhero is essential Cool Cat Saves the Kids, just edited with more pointless scenes.
- The characters in his movies speak like caricatures instead of actual characters. The actors' phoned-in performances don't help, either.
- The antagonists are one-dimensional stereotypes.
- He seems to have an intense dislike of overweight people. Butch the Bully in the Cool Cat series is portrayed as a fat slob in dirty clothes (and is the only character who is overweight), and Cool Cat Saves The Kids features a nearly-five minute segment of Cool Cat exercising, which Savage only added in so that he can claim that his film is helping to combat childhood obesity.
- Cool Cat, the titular protagonist of the Cool Cat series, is supposed to be portrayed as caring and endearing to children. Instead, he comes off as a creepy pedophile.
- Derek seems to not know anything about kids or how guns work.
- His films are often loaded with filler. In particular, a scene in Cool Cat Saves The Kids where Cool Cat and Daddy Derek (played by Savage) practice their song is only there so Savage can show off his guitar that was signed by Van Halen.
- His films are all low-budget and direct-to-video, which you can tell by their overall lack of quality.
- He cannot take even the slightest amount of criticism. The sad part is that it wasn't always this way. Before November 2015, Savage took his criticism in stride, as he gave YMS a cameo appearance in Gun Self-Defense for Women and even recut Cool Cat Saves the Kids. However, after the IHE debacle, Savage lost all of his respect for YMS, as he deleted his cameo in the former and took down the original cut of the latter. In addition, Savage, at one point, threatened to dox people trying to make parody videos! Later, he took down an interview with Jason Johnson (the actor who portrayed Cool Cat), which has thankfully been reuploaded.
- In addition to this, he does not seem to know the difference between fair use and copyright. This is why he took down lots of Cool Cat Saves The Kids reviews on copyright grounds but, in several conversations, has unintentionally admitted that he has only removed the videos for "blaspheming" his film. They were later re-uploaded, though Savage still refuses to admit that they are indeed fair use.
- Despite speaking against bullying, he infamously resorted to harassing and insulting the reviewers that criticized his film, even to the point of going as far as impersonating a law firm in an attempt to terrorize I Hate Everything.
- In fact, Savage could have gotten arrested, charged, and jailed for impersonating a law firm.
- He uses his same Twitter account that he promotes his child-friendly Cool Cat merchandise on to insult and argue with other users, often with language that is best described as not child-friendly. In February 2019, he even got into a fight on Twitter with Sebastian Murdock, the senior reporter for HuffPost.
- He also used to steal fan art on Twitter by not crediting the artist.
- Similarly, his website proudly advertises assorted Cool Cat games and merchandise on the same page that his adult work is on, such as his book Bad Boy: The Male Dancer and photographs from his days posing for Playgirl Magazine.
- He has an unusual habit of constantly renaming his works (e.g. Barnyard Buddies became Circus Buddies and later Best Buddies).
- He neither considers nor realizes the implications of Cool Cat fan art that he likes on Twitter. For example, he commented "Cool Cat loves this picture" on an image of Cool Cat photoshopped into a photograph of the 9/11 attacks. He also retweeted that he likes football on an image that contains blurred hentai in the background.
- He treats Cool Cat as if he were a real person.
- He is willing to use touchy subjects such as school shootings to promote his brand. When someone called him out on this, he claimed that it was because of "ignorant" people like them that children were dying.
- On that topic, despite his campaign getting to half the required amount, Derek changed the focus to a stranger danger film a few days before ending, and instead of giving out refunds as he promised, he kept the money. Mumkey Jones (who promoted the film and would've starred in it) was so rightfully irritated, he made his own school shooting safety film on YouTube with a $5 budget just to spite Savage. Not only did the campaign still fail, but it was also reported to IndieGoGo for possible fraud. Savage tried to cover it up by claiming that it was him being ripped off. Savage is supposedly working on it again and even planned to have (get this) PewDiePie star in it.
- In his Copyright Infringement video, he argued that his film has more supporters than haters because of the number of merchandise he has sold. Seeing that several of his critics, particularly YMS and Bobsheaux, have pieces of this merchandise, he clearly has not processed the fact that people are buying his merchandise ironically because of how bad it is.
- Despite the amount of criticism he and his films have received, he has made no attempt whatsoever to change or improve his work based on these criticisms, likely because he believes that these criticisms are "blasphemy".
- His website looks like it was made in the '90s and features fake reviews with random celebrities' names tacked onto them, most notably the Adam West one. A site check on the Internet Archive proves they were.
- For someone who spends a lot of time threatening others over copyright, he seems to be totally oblivious to the fact that Cool Cat is actually the name of both the character from Pee-wee's Playhouse and an obscure Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies character from the late 1960s, who is also orange, meaning that Warner Bros. would have far more legitimate reasons to sue him for copyright infringement than he does his critics, assuming they actually felt it is worth the effort (which they apparently don't). In addition, a check on the Internet Archive reveals on the bottom of this page that Savage stole the Pink Panther.
- However, a post made on the official Cool Cat Twitter account reveals that Derek used to collect Looney Tunes cups when he was a kid, including a Cool Cat cup, showing that he's completely aware of the other Cool Cat, which makes the whole thing even worse.
- His award show (the 420 Awards) tries to be apolitical but is themed after marijuana, which is a politically debated topic.
- Savage once got tried and convicted for possession of an unregistered machine gun. 
- He shoves his political beliefs down people's throats on his Twitter account. In fact, he has quoted the alt-right site InfoWars in the past.
- He harassed April Ann Reese for dates, then fired her out of spite because he believed something was going on between her and Cool Cat's actor, Jason Johnson.
- He does not know that random people are in his background while he is directing his movies. An infamous scene of this was when Cool Cat was asking why Butch's friends wanted to paint the wall, and if you look closely, you'll see a man walk outside of his house, but he then walks back in probably because they were filming in his location.
- He made an awful video on his YouTube account denying most bad things he has done and said they were false with no proof. He also conveniently left out things that he did such as changing Cool Cat Stops a School Shooting to Cool Cat Stranger Danger Alert, and referred to Mumkey Jones as "Ape Boy".
- He has scammed people multiple times.
- His movies are so bad, that they're unintentionally funny and have gained a cult following, due to how low-budget and poorly made they are.
- He's surprisingly good at vlogs.
- Long after allegations against voice actor Vic Mignogna surfaced, Savage offered Mignogna the role of Dirty Dog in Cool Cat Stops a School Shooting, hinting that he may defend him and support #IStandWithVic.
- He is a prime example of what you should not do if you want to work as a movie director.