One of the many panels I missed at this years Comic-Con (due to being stock in Ballroom 20. Literally. There was gum on my seat and I couldn’t get up) was Mike Judge’s preview of FOX’s upcoming Napoleon Dynamite Animated Series. Let me digress here for a sec. Like the rest of you, I thought the idea for a cartoon was 7 years too late. Plus, nowadays it’s common place to hate on Napoleon Dynamite -mainstream quoting of the film resulted in a cultural backlash. However, a recent trailer shut me the fuck up. Maybe it’s because the film was basically a live action cartoon anyway, but based off that footage, the cartoon seemingly lives up to, if not exceeds, the writing and humor of the movie. Really!
Anyway, at Comic-Con FOX showed off a few clips from the series. I missed them then, but these clips are now online for your viewing pleasure and mine.
The series is scheduled to air on FOX Midseason 2012. Check out the four clips and a trailer below and tell us what you think!
NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (Heder) is a 16-year-old boy convinced – for no apparent reason – that he is destined for greatness and blessed with unlimited “sweet abilities.” He spends his days practicing ninja moves, drawing ligers, soul dancing and bragging about his “girlfriend in Oklahoma” whom nobody has ever seen. Napoleon’s brother, KIP (Ruell), is an unemployed 32-year-old who lives at home and believes he would be an amazing catch for any girl who would respond to his online come-ons. The Dynamite brothers live with GRANDMA (Martin), a crusty woman who can often be found four-wheeling with her lady friends at the local sand dunes. Napoleon’s allies include PEDRO (Ramirez), his unflappable best friend who has recently been elected class president; and DEB (Majorino), an incredibly sweet girl who sees the good in Napoleon and dreams of someday being his wife. Napoleon’s UNCLE RICO (Gries) lives out of an orange custom van, where he obsesses over his botched high school football career and dreams up ways to become rich and famous. Then there’s REX KWON DO (Bader), a self-proclaimed martial-arts master who runs the local dojo.