'Napoleon Dynamite' Animated Series Headed to FOX
When 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.