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Fox 2012 Midseason Premiere: Napoleon Dynamite

While I can’t say that I’ve been crossing my fingers in the hopes that someone will make an animated series out of the film Napoleon Dynamite, learning that the original cast is returning to lend their voices to this new Fox comedy, added to the trailer we have to show you, I'm more curious about this show than I expected to be.

It’s time to brush up on your Rex Kwon Do and knowledge of Ligers and other mythical creatures because Napoleon’s back! As I mentioned, the original cast is signed on to voice their respective roles, including Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell, Tina Majorino and Sandy Martin. Fox also promises guest voices by Jennifer Coolidge, Sam Rockwell, and Flight of the Conchords Jermaine Clement.

Below is Fox’s synopsis for the series and further down is the trailer:

Based on the hit film, NAPOLEON DYNAMITE is an animated series that follows the continuing adventures of America’s most awesome awkward teenager and his quirky family and friends as they struggle to navigate small-town life in rural Idaho. The original cast from the film – Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino, Sandy Martin, Jon Gries and Diedrich Bader – will voice their characters in the series, and many new characters will be added along the way.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. Guest voices in the debut season include Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie, Legally Blonde), Sam Rockwell (Choke) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords).

Napoleon Dynamite will begin airing Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET on Fox during Midseason 2012.

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