Napoleon Dynamite (TV series)
|Created by||Jared Hess
|Developed by||Jared Hess
|Voices of||Jon Heder
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Jared Hess
J. Michael Mendel
|Running time||23 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Hess Films
20th Century Fox Television
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
|Original run||January 15 – March 4, 2012|
|Related shows||Napoleon Dynamite (film)|
Napoleon Dynamite is an American animated sitcom based on the 2004 cult film of the same name. The series was created by Jared and Jerusha Hess and developed by the Hesses and Mike Scully. The series follows the adventures of Napoleon Dynamite in the small town of Preston, Idaho. The Hesses came up with the idea for the series after filming Napoleon Dynamite. The premiere episode of the series received mixed reviews from critics. In the United States, the series originally ran on Fox from January 15, 2012, to March 4, 2012, before being cancelled.
Jared and Jerusha Hess, the married co-writers and directors of the 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite, had wanted to do an animated version of the film since its release, stating, "We’d always felt that, if we continued the world, animation would be the way to do it because everybody gets old and it was a movie that took place in high school." After the film succeeded, Fox Searchlight Pictures wanted a sequel, but the Hesses delayed the idea due to other projects and fear that audiences would get sick of the characters.
Development of the series began in 2009 when Jared Hess met with writer-producer Mike Scully to propose an animated version of the film. Scully liked the idea, stating later that "Napoleon Dynamite as an animated series made perfect sense to me." In 2010, they presented a nine-minute pilot to Fox. In May 2010, Fox officially confirmed that an animated series was in development with the original cast and close involvement from Jared and Jerusha. Fox placed an order of six episodes in October 2010. Fox ordered seven additional scripts in July 2011 to be put into production if the series was renewed for a second season. The show was overseen by the Hesses and Scully.
The series premiered on January 15, 2012, as a mid-season replacement for the Jonah Hill animated series Allen Gregory. During its six episode run, Napoleon Dynamite never had a consistent schedule. Scully stated that "Our real challenge though is we’re on and off the Fox schedule because of football and awards shows. I hope people stick with it and watch all six episodes." On May 15, 2012, Fox announced their 2012-2013 schedule without Napoleon Dynamite listed, officially cancelling the series.
The series takes place following the 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite. It follows the adventures of Napoleon Dynamite, his family and friends, in the small town of Preston, Idaho. The original cast from the film, Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino, Sandy Martin, Jon Gries and Diedrich Bader, voice their characters in the series, in addition to the series introducing several new characters.
Napoleon Dynamite is a 16-year-old that thinks he is extremely skilled at everything. His hobbies include practicing ninja moves, dancing, and drawing. Napoleon's brother, Kip, is an unemployed 32-year-old who continually attempts to meet girls online. The two live with their grandmother, who enjoys four-wheeling. Napoleon's friends are Pedro, who is the class president, and Deb, who is infatuated with Napoleon. Napoleon's uncle, Rico, is a middle-aged man that lives in a camper van and is obsessed with his failed football career and his desire for fame and fortune.
The original cast returned to reprise their roles.
|Main cast members|
|Jon Heder||Aaron Ruell||Efren Ramirez||Tina Majorino|
|Napoleon Dynamite||Kip Dynamite||Pedro Sánchez||Deb|
|Jon Gries||Sandy Martin||Diedrich Bader|
|Uncle Rico||Grandma Dynamite||Rex|
- Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) - Napoleon is an awkward teenager who enjoys mundane diversions such as drawing, playing tetherball and hip-hop dancing. He regularly boasts about his skills with weapons such as nunchucks and bostaffs, knowing all the secret ninja moves from the government, and his summer in Alaska hunting wolverines. He hates his older brother Kip. Napoleon is the main protagonist of the series.
- Kipland Ronald Dynamite (Aaron Ruell) - Kip is Napoleon's wimpy unemployed 32-year-old brother. He spends most of his time on the computer, usually chatting with girls. He has a fear of spiders.
- Pedro Sánchez (Efren Ramirez) - Pedro is a transfer student to Preston High, originally from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. He tends to be a very shy and quiet person and has little dialogue. He is the Student Body President. He has two loyal cholo cousins always readily backing him up when needed. He has a crush on Summer. Pedro is Napoleon's best friend.
- Deborah Bradshaw (Tina Majorino) - Deb is a door-to-door vendor selling Glamour Shots by Deb and homemade boondoggle key chains. She has a crush on Napoleon.
- Uncle Rico Dynamite (Jon Gries) - Uncle Rico is Napoleon and Kip's uncle. He lives in a field in his camper van. He played football in high school, and desires to live in the past and usually just throws footballs in the field where he keeps his van. The whole town hates Rico for blowing the big game in 1982 after getting distracted by the same model of the van he owns today. He is always coming up with get rich quick schemes.
- Grandma Carlinda Dynamite (Sandy Martin) - Grandma is Napoleon and Kip's grandmother.
- Rex (Diedrich Bader) - Rex is a local martial arts instructor and founder of the Rex Kwon Do center.
- Summer Wheatley (Haylie Duff) - Summer is the popular girl at Napoleon's school.
- Don Moser (Jared Hess) - Don is Summer's wealthy boyfriend.
- Curtis (Tom Kenny) - Curtis is Napoleon's former friend from the Future Farmers of America.
- Professor Koontz (Jemaine Clement)
- Mrs. Moser (Jennifer Coolidge)
- Misty (Amy Poehler)
- Filson (Sam Rockwell)
- Officer Elwood (Alan Tudyk)
Season 1 (2012)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|1||"Thundercone"||Dwayne Carey-Hill||Jared Hess & Jerusha Hess||January 15, 2012||1AST04||9.5|
|Napoleon begins using a new acne cream that makes him unable to feel any pain, which results in him being drafted for an underground fight club. Meanwhile, Kip begins dating a questionable girl he met online.|
|2||"Scantronica Love"||Raymie Muzquiz||Julie Thacker Scully||January 15, 2012||1AST03||7.2|
|A teacher matches students romantically using optical answer sheets.|
|3||"Ligertown"||Crystal Chesney-Thompson||Jared Hess & Jerusha Hess||January 29, 2012||1AST01||4.4|
|Napoleon discovers ligers are not the magical beings he had envisioned.|
|4||"Pedro vs. Deb"||Edmund Fong||Dan Vebber||February 12, 2012||1AST05||3.81 |
|Deb publishes an unflattering interview with Pedro, the class president, in order to save the school's newspaper.|
|5||"Bed Races"||Frank Marino||Tom Gammill & Max Pross||February 19, 2012||1AST02||4.41|
|Uncle Rico and Napoleon cheat at Preston's annual bed races in order to beat Grandma, whom has won six years in a row.|
|6||"FFA"||Stephen Sandoval||Mike Scully||March 4, 2012||1AST06||4.05|
|After Napoleon's partner drops out of the Future Farmers of America state competition, Napoleon enlists Pedro's help.|
Reviews for the show's premiere episode have been mixed, garnering positive reviews from Linda Stasi of the New York Post, who praised the show's humor as well as Nancy Smith of The Wall Street Journal, who said, "If you loved the movie "Napoleon Dynamite," the new animated version on Fox will seem like a dream come true. Because it is." Ed Bark of UncleBarky.com enjoyed the show and said,"it's far funnier than Fox's two still relatively new animated series, Bob's Burgers and Allen Gregory."
Both the San Francisco Chronicle and the Staten Island Advance gave the show negative reviews, as well as neutral reviews from Variety and Robert Bianco of USA Today, who disliked the first episode, but was fond of the second episode stating,"We'll have to wait and see which represents the show's actual direction." Mary McNamara of The Los Angeles Times wrote that while the cast of the movie did reunite for the show, "the slow pace is gone for the family-friendly Fox cartoon" adding to that,"Network TV has no time for satirical silence or non-sequitur scenes slowly compiled to establish tone and occasionally pass for plot." Lori Rackl, writing for The Chicago Sun-Times said that she wasn't a fan of the movie or the animated series.
|Argentina||FX Latinoamerica||April 15, 2012|
|Australia||The Comedy Channel||7 January 2013|
|Brazil||FX Brazil||May 27, 2012|
|Colombia||FX Latinoamerica||April 15, 2012|
|Mexico||FX Latinoamerica||April 15, 2012|
|Philippines||Jack TV||January 28, 2012|
|Russia||2×2||August 24, 2012|
|United Kingdom||E4||March 20, 2012|
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