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Napoleon Dynamite is on his way back into pop culture, only this time in animated form. Deadline says Fox has ordered six episodes of the cartoon Napoleon and it’s being executive produced by the movie version's writers Jared and Jerusha Hess, with a little help from Simpsons vet Mike Scully.
Even better, if you’re a Napoleon Dynamite fan, is that the movie’s cast will be involved to provide voices. It makes sense. Jon Heder’s career hasn’t exactly taken off since his breakout role as Napoleon. He’s had a few movies, most of which no one saw or were only funny because of Will Ferrell, and right now his career seems otherwise dead in the water. At one point Napoleon Dynamite 2 was supposed to happen as a movie but now that seems dead in the water too. Getting back into the Napoleon Dynamite business, even if it’s just a cartoon, is probably a good move for Heder right now. What else is he going to do?
Here’s an early look at the show’s animation style. Weirdly, it looks a lot like the early animation of Mike Judge:
The animation may look Beavis & Butthead but the cartoon version of Napoleon is likely to be a lot like the movie version and nothing like anything done by Mike Judge. It’ll follow an awkward high school teenager and his oddball friends as they… do whatever it is Napoleon Dynamite does with his time. Time machine construction? Sweet dance movies? I’m sure at some point, there will be campaigning for Pedro. Let’s hope this doesn’t also resurrect those “vote for Pedro” t-shirts.