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Fox orders Napoleon Dynamite toon series. The original cast has signed on to voice the animations.
posted by morganannie (70 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
Did they cancel it yet?
posted by Artw at 10:27 AM on October 12, 2010 [20 favorites]


Well, this certainly had potential.
posted by griphus at 10:28 AM on October 12, 2010


DAMMIT
posted by griphus at 10:28 AM on October 12, 2010


I really admire creative risks.
posted by The Whelk at 10:29 AM on October 12, 2010


6 years later.
posted by Taft at 10:29 AM on October 12, 2010


Truth be told, this is probably what Jared Hess et al. should have done immediately after the movie anyhow. Nacho Libre and Gentlemen Broncos were only just good enough to remind you of how good they weren't.
posted by Sticherbeast at 10:29 AM on October 12, 2010 [2 favorites]


My first thought was "please don't" but Napoleon Dynamite may actually make more sense as a cartoon. For some reason I'm thinking of Doug. Remember Doug?
posted by eugenen at 10:32 AM on October 12, 2010


heh. I loved Gentlemen Broncos.
posted by Artw at 10:33 AM on October 12, 2010


Why on earth...? Am I the only geeky person (b'sides the wife) that just cannot STAND that movie? Like, turn it off after ten minutes because I'd rather watch the news (and I throw socks at the TV when the news is on)?
posted by notsnot at 10:33 AM on October 12, 2010 [17 favorites]


I can't imagine that much good will come of any of this.
posted by nevercalm at 10:34 AM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


for some reason the variety article i read about this last night made me think it was a webshow.
posted by djduckie at 10:34 AM on October 12, 2010


I want this to work, but I have a feeling that it'll end up being a really bad Beavis and Butthead.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 10:35 AM on October 12, 2010


Three times in my life a random obnoxious person has gestured at me and said "Hey Napoleon!"

Three times in my life I've wanted to kill someone.

I'm just saying, CAUSAL RELATIONSHIP.
posted by JHarris at 10:36 AM on October 12, 2010


Dear god. Does this mean I'll have to put with people with no senses of humor of their own quoting this show instead?
posted by brundlefly at 10:37 AM on October 12, 2010 [3 favorites]


They should have them be baby Napoleon and baby Pedro. Also, a talking alien dog.
posted by bondcliff at 10:37 AM on October 12, 2010 [7 favorites]


Am I the only geeky person (b'sides the wife) that just cannot STAND that movie?

No.

Vote for Pedro.
posted by zarq at 10:37 AM on October 12, 2010 [6 favorites]


Wow. Perhaps they brought on the production team that did that Howie-Mandel-as-a-kid cartoon.
posted by GuyZero at 10:37 AM on October 12, 2010


that it'll end up being a really bad Beavis and Butthead.

Haha. Animated Napoleon does look a bit like Beavis (with glasses).
posted by morganannie at 10:39 AM on October 12, 2010


GOSH! I hope it's better than frickin' Clerks. And that it takes less than three hours to finish the shading on the upper lip.
posted by not_on_display at 10:41 AM on October 12, 2010 [2 favorites]


ND looks like Daria, and Allen Gregory sounds like Home Movies.

Vote for Pedro

Pedro lacks political experience
posted by mrgrimm at 10:44 AM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Dear god. Does this mean I'll have to put with people with no senses of humor of their own quoting this show instead?

DENTAL PLAN
posted by griphus at 10:45 AM on October 12, 2010 [15 favorites]


heh. I loved Gentlemen Broncos.

I did, too. But I think it helps that I grew up in the '80s had relatives in Utah, hated Utah, and that I've been to a SciFi writing symposium where Orson Scott Card was the keynote speaker. The target audience for Gentlemen Broncos is literally that small. But for those of us lucky (unlucky?) enough to understand all of the cultural references in the movie and feel the same way about them that Hess apparently does, it was really brilliant. Gentlemen Broncos is Hess' greatest film by far.
posted by The World Famous at 10:45 AM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Lots of planets have a Utah.
posted by Artw at 10:48 AM on October 12, 2010 [2 favorites]


GOSH! I hope it's better than frickin' Clerks.

Oh come on, the Clerks animated series was actually pretty good.
posted by uncleozzy at 10:52 AM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Needs an ambiguously gay character.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:52 AM on October 12, 2010


Am I the only geeky person (b'sides the wife) that just cannot STAND that movie?

It's actually sort of notorious at Netflix for being a recommendation engine killer. There seems (last I heard) to be no way to predict who will love that movie and who will hate it. But those are by far the most prevalent reactions.
posted by rusty at 10:54 AM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


They should do a Juno cartoon and give you guys aneurysms.
posted by Artw at 10:56 AM on October 12, 2010 [4 favorites]


DENTAL PLAN

Lisa needs braces.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 10:56 AM on October 12, 2010 [8 favorites]


Your mom goes to college.
posted by m0nm0n at 10:58 AM on October 12, 2010


Ooh yeah a Juno cartoon would really bring out the apoplexy. The trick would be to make sure she's constantly pregnant - easy to do when it's a cartoon. But - should it be a single baby that never manages to get born, perhaps swelling Juno's abdomen to grotesque and unimaginable dimensions, or a series of babies conceived in various cock-ups that leave Juno conflicted about whether to let the nice gay couple or the nice single white lady or whatever adopt the kid?
posted by Mister_A at 11:02 AM on October 12, 2010 [2 favorites]


> DENTAL PLAN
Lisa needs braces!
Be required to fart on a regular basis.
We'll make him an offer he can't refuse.
Channel 13 Eyewitness News.
Robocop - who is he?
Dead or alive you're coming with me.

I'm sorry, there's no way I can hear "DENTAL PLAN" without "Lisa needs braces" following it automatically, and then the rest just ...
posted by komara at 11:02 AM on October 12, 2010 [8 favorites]


hey and look at that - on no-preview it turns out that TheWhiteSkull is right there with me.
posted by komara at 11:03 AM on October 12, 2010


Even though I generally enjoy the "oh no, they didn't" brand of humor (and even enjoyed Napoleon Dynamite...the first time I saw it), an animated series sort of comes off as being socially irresponsible, especially in light of the recent attention being paid to bullying in schools.

I'm opposed.
posted by schmod at 11:07 AM on October 12, 2010


I'm opposed.

Then please so indicate by the same sign.
posted by The World Famous at 11:08 AM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


He's opposed. Damn opposed. Damn damn damn opposed.
posted by The Whelk at 11:10 AM on October 12, 2010 [3 favorites]


Sorry, that just seemed an appropriate response in a thread about a Jared Hess joint. I realize it's a super inside-baseball joke. But maybe someone will understand.
posted by The World Famous at 11:10 AM on October 12, 2010


I thought it was some kind of obscure parliamentary procedural joke! That's how much I know about jokes.
posted by Mister_A at 11:12 AM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


But - should it be a single baby that never manages to get born, perhaps swelling Juno's abdomen to grotesque and unimaginable dimensions, or a series of babies conceived in various cock-ups that leave Juno conflicted about whether to let the nice gay couple or the nice single white lady or whatever adopt the kid?

I still miss adventures of The Head, so my suggestion would be to bring in purple alien Roy.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 11:19 AM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


It's been almost 7 years.
Was this cartoon drawn, colored, and animated by one dude in his apartment somewhere?
posted by Senor Cardgage at 11:19 AM on October 12, 2010


I am so not watching this while stoned.
posted by KokuRyu at 11:20 AM on October 12, 2010


Oh god dammit.
Sigh.


DENTAL PLAN!
posted by Senor Cardgage at 11:22 AM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Fucking Fox.
posted by kafziel at 11:24 AM on October 12, 2010


LISA NEEDS BRACES
posted by The Whelk at 11:25 AM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


This guy is going to do the iconic opening sequence for the new show.
posted by Mister_A at 11:32 AM on October 12, 2010


It's like an itch I can't scratch....... ah....

DENTAL PLAN!
posted by seventyfour at 11:35 AM on October 12, 2010


Why on earth...? Am I the only geeky person (b'sides the wife) that just cannot STAND that movie?

I am with you, my brother.
posted by Kafkaesque at 11:35 AM on October 12, 2010


LISA NEEDS BRACES

Err.

Anyway, anything that's not done by Seth MacFarlane in the Fox animated lineup is a nice addition*. But this is pretty clearly an example of missing the window of opportunity.

(*Except for American Dad which is actually really good.)
posted by HostBryan at 11:55 AM on October 12, 2010


What's Napoleon Dynamite?

I really wish this was an earnest question...
posted by sunshinesky at 11:57 AM on October 12, 2010


Why on earth...? Am I the only geeky person (b'sides the wife) that just cannot STAND that movie?

No.
posted by sunshinesky at 11:58 AM on October 12, 2010


I haven't watched many, but Cleveland seems pretty good too. (I used to think the same of American Dad, but it's an interesting ebb and flow of fandom.)
posted by mrgrimm at 12:21 PM on October 12, 2010


Oh god no. Cleveland is awful. Just awful.
posted by electroboy at 12:44 PM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


SO.
LONG.
DENNAL PLA-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A--
posted by Eideteker at 12:44 PM on October 12, 2010


I thought Napoleon Dynamite was a great movie right after I saw it, because I thought it was heartfelt and didn't make fun of any of the characters. Then I realized that everyone else who watched it was laughing at them, not with them.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 12:53 PM on October 12, 2010 [2 favorites]


Except for American Dad which is actually really good.

I am consistently surprised at American Dad's above-averageness. I think one Family Guy episode out of ten has Dad's sense of pacing, plot and character.
posted by griphus at 12:54 PM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


"Needs an ambiguously gay character."

I thought that was Kip.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 1:34 PM on October 12, 2010


Also, every time I drive through Preston (which is pretty often as it's right on the highway to my wife's family homestead) I have an incredible urge to stop and get my hair cut at the Cuttin' Curral.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 1:36 PM on October 12, 2010


It's actually sort of notorious at Netflix for being a recommendation engine killer. There seems (last I heard) to be no way to predict who will love that movie and who will hate it. But those are by far the most prevalent reactions.

Yeah, I've read about this, which makes me feel super special for being kind of "meh" about the film. I found it enjoyable enough, but not worth a second viewing. My only real problem with it is, as I said above, the people who quote from it incessantly.

Then again, I quote Big Trouble In Little China all the time, and I'm sure there's some soulless heathen who finds that annoying.
posted by brundlefly at 1:37 PM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


You know what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like this?
posted by Artw at 1:43 PM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


I've read about this, which makes me feel super special for being kind of "meh" about the film.

That's probably why you were "meh" about it. Your mind and your spirit are goin' north and south!
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 1:44 PM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


You know what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like this?

Who?
posted by brundlefly at 1:47 PM on October 12, 2010 [2 favorites]


JACK BURTON. ME.
posted by cereselle at 2:16 PM on October 12, 2010 [3 favorites]


(I always put off completing that as it seems vaguely sacrilegious)
posted by Artw at 2:17 PM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


I thought it was heartfelt and didn't make fun of any of the characters.

I'm with you, PhoBWan.
posted by Zed at 3:37 PM on October 12, 2010


You know what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like this?

DENTAL PLAN?
posted by spoobnooble at 4:10 PM on October 12, 2010


fuck!

LISA NEEDS BRACES!
posted by Senor Cardgage at 5:03 PM on October 12, 2010


Egg Shen: Take this magic potion, but beware it carries a terrible curse!
Jack Burton: Ooh, that's bad.
Shen: But you can see things no one else can see; do things no one else can do!
Burton: That's good.
Shen: Not exactly real things.
Burton: That's bad.
Shen: But as real as Lopan.
Burton: Hey what more can a guy ask for?
Shen: Ooh, a six demon bag!
Burton: ...
Shen: That's good.
Burton: Can we go now?
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 5:11 PM on October 12, 2010 [5 favorites]


I hate that damn movie (and its surrounding culture) and, as I found out, ANYTHING by Jared Hess so, so, so, so much. To the point that if you do like them, I seriously question your sense of humour.
posted by cerulgalactus at 6:15 PM on October 12, 2010


I have no idea why my favorite Simpsons quote from my favorite Simpsons episode is being shouted repeatedly in a thread about Napolean fucking Dynamite, who I really thought I had heard the last of.

anyways

DENNNAL PLAN!!!

( felt really good screaming that while flippin' the bird to a pic of ND )
posted by mannequito at 8:48 PM on October 12, 2010


I loved Napoleon Dynamite (and c'mon haters! "Bet you I could throw a football over those damn mountains." "Grandma says you have to go! Because you keep eating everbody's steaks and ruining everybody's lives!") and I will give this every chance.

Peace out.
posted by mreleganza at 8:18 AM on October 13, 2010


*Jack and Wang watch Lopan and Thunder approach on bicycle*

Burton: Watch this.

*Throws steak; clocks Lopan in the face*

Burton: It's all in the reflexes.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 9:41 AM on October 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


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