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'Napoleon Dynamite' Animated Series Headed to FOX

by Rich Keller, posted May 17th 2010 12:00PM

The 2004 cult classic 'Napoleon Dynamite' is being developed as an animated series for FOXWhen it comes to comedies, FOX knows where its bread is buttered: animation rules; live-action series fail miserably. Thus, it's not surprising to hear that the network is developing a new 'Napoleon Dynamite' series as its latest animated endeavor.

Based on the cult 2004 movie, the pilot will feature the original cast members -- including Jon Heder as the title character, Aaron Ruell as Kip Dynamite and Jon Gries as Uncle Rico -- voicing their animated counterparts. Also involved are Jared and Jerusha Hess, who wrote and directed the original film. To what extent they will be involved is unknown. Most likely they'll be special advisers to the project to make sure FOX doesn't totally botch the feel of the characters and the environment.

Whether or not this animated version of 'Napoleon Dynamite' will be picked up hasn't been determined. Should it be greenlit for a future television season, it will be interesting to see where it's placed on the schedule. Does it usurp a spot on the network's Animation Domination lineup, or will it anchor a new night of comedy? Stay tuned.

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No thanks, Fox. I thought the movie was funny because of how ND acts and talks -- but I was in junior high that time, and everyone quoted him ("Tina, come get some ham!"). But an animated series just doesn't seen as interesting. We already have dumb humor with Family Guy and The Simpsons. How would ND bring something new?

October 17 2010 at 3:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Glad to see the original cast is attached to the pilot, but honestly Napoleon Dynamite hit its peak of popularity in 04/05 and releasing an animated comedy about it right now seems pretty random.

I doubt it will connect with the teens that saw the original and, because of the film's extremely dry humor, I don't think it will be as much of a hit as the stupid genius of Family Guy and Simpsons.

Of course, I would love to be proven wrong :D

May 17 2010 at 5:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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