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|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 a short-lived American animated television sitcom based on the 2004 cult film of the same name. It originally ran on Fox from January 15, 2012 to March 4, 2012 as a mid-season replacement for the now-cancelled animated sitcom Allen Gregory.
On May 15, 2012, Fox announced that Napoleon Dynamite would not be renewed for a second season.
The series takes place following the 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite. It follows the adventures of Napoleon Dynamite, and his family and friends, as they navigate small-town life in rural 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 boy convinced that he is blessed with unlimited "sweet skills." His hobbies include practicing his ninja moves, dancing, drawing, and bragging about his "girlfriend in Oklahoma." Napoleon's brother, Kip, is an unemployed 32-year-old who lives at home, and continually attempts to meet girls online (there's yet to be an explanation as to what happened between him and LaFawnduh in the original film). The two live with their grandmother, who is often found four-wheeling with her friends at the local sand dunes. Napoleon's friends include Pedro, who has recently been elected class president, and Deb, a girl who sees the good in Napoleon and dreams of someday becoming his girlfriend. Napoleon's uncle, Rico, lives in an orange van, where he obsesses over his failed high school football career and dreams up ways to become rich and famous.
The entire original cast returns 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|
- Jon Heder as Napoleon Dynamite, 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 (which he calls "numchucks") and bostaffs, knowing all the "illegal ninja moves from the government," and his summer "in Alaska hunting wolverines". He sometimes calls people "fricking idiots" and he thinks computers ruin peoples' lives. Napoleon is the main protagonist of the series and he doesn't really notice that Deb really likes him. Napoleon is interested in martial arts, as he likes samurai swords. Napoleon hates Kip and thinks he is always trying to ruin his life.
- Aaron Ruell as Kipland Ronald "Kip" Dynamite, Napoleon's wimpy unemployed 32-year-old brother who usually spends his time on the computer. He has a fear of spiders. Though in the film Kip meets and marries a woman from Detroit named LaFawnduh Lucas (Shondrella Avery), LaFawnduh was never seen in the series, though Avery looked forward to reprising the role before the show's cancellation.
- Efren Ramirez as Pedro Sánchez, a new student to Preston High, originally from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. He tends to be a very shy and quiet person and has little dialogue. He becomes Napoleon's best friend. He has a crush on Summer. His character was especially popular among Chicano fans of the original movie. Still holding the title of Student Body President since the events of the movie. Still has two loyal cholo cousins always readily backing him up when needed.
- Tina Majorino as Deborah "Deb" Bradshaw, a door-to-door vendor selling "Glamour Shots by Deb" and homemade boondoggle key chains. She has a crush on Napoleon.
- Jon Gries as Uncle Rico Dynamite, Napoleon and Kip's uncle, who lives in a field in his camper van. He played football in high school ("back in '82"), 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 "back in '82" after getting distracted by the same model of the van he owns today.
- Sandy Martin as Grandma Carlinda Dynamite, Napoleon and Kip's grandmother.
- Diedrich Bader as Rex, a local martial arts instructor and founder of the "Rex Kwon Do" center.
Special guest stars
- Jemaine Clement as Professor Koontz
- Jennifer Coolidge as Mrs. Moser
- Amy Poehler as Misty
- Sam Rockwell as Filson
- Alan Tudyk as Officer Elwood
- Haylie Duff as Summer Wheatley, the popular girl at Napoleon's school.
- Jared Hess as Don Moser, Summer's wealthy boyfriend. He is best known for his catchphrase "Yeh-ah!" usually followed after a sarcastic statement.
- Tom Kenny as Curtis
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|1||"Thundercone"||Dwayne Carey-Hill||Jared Hess and Jerusha Hess||January 15, 2012)||1AST04||9.5|
Napoleon's FDA-unapproved acne cream makes him impervious to pain. Soon he's featured in the main event at the local underground fight club. Meanwhile, Kip begins dating a girl whose taste in boys usually runs from bad to very bad.Amy Poehler guest stars.
|2||"Scantronica Love"||Raymie Muzquiz||Julie Thacker Scully||January 15, 2012)||1AST03||7.2|
A teacher who doubles as a matchmaker inputs the kids' "love data" into a computer, with unpopular results: Napoleon is paired with a Japanese exchange student while Deb is stuck with school bully Don, and Pedro gets paired up with the school bully's girlfriend Summer. Meanwhile, Uncle Rico uses Kip to perform as a contact juggler for money. Jemaine Clement and Jennifer Coolidge guest star.
|3||"Ligertown"||Crystal Chesney-Thompson||Jared Hess and Jerusha Hess||January 29, 2012)||1AST01||4.4|
Napoleon's life-long belief in the awesomeness and magic of ligers is shattered when he gets a job at a liger farm and learns that they may not be the magnificent beasts he has always imagined. Luckily, the sweetness of Deb helps to restore his faith. Meanwhile, after Grandma's glasses are broken, Kip becomes her seeing eyes.Alan Tudyk guest stars.
|4||"Pedro vs. Deb"||Edmund Fong||Dan Vebber||February 12, 2012)||1AST05||3.81 |
|Deb tries to save the struggling school paper by interviewing school president Pedro, but her article lands him in hot water and threatens their friendship. Now Napoleon must find a way to fix this and mend Pedro and Deb's friendship.|
|5||"Bed Races"||Frank Marino||Tom Gammill and Max Pross||February 19, 2012)||1AST02||4.41|
|Uncle Rico and Napoleon team up for Preston's annual bed races to keep six-time champ Grandma from winning yet again. Still smarting from a high-school-football defeat years earlier, Rico's desperate to return to glory, so he persuades Napoleon to cheat.|
|6||"FFA"||Stephen Sandoval||Mike Scully||March 4, 2012)||1AST06||4.05|
Series finale. Napoleon and Pedro team up for the Future Farmers of America state competition after Napoleon's former partner drops out. Complicating matters further, the FFA queen makes a pass at Napoleon unaware that she is helping Napoleon's rival Filson make a comeback in the competition. Meanwhile, a spider infestation causes Kip and Grandma to move in with Uncle Rico.Sam Rockwell guest stars.
Reviews for the show's premiere episode have been mixed, garnering negative reviews from San Francisco Chronicle and the Staten Island Advance, as well as neutral reviews from Variety and USA Today. 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."  Napoleon Dynamite received a positive review from Linda Stasi of the New York Post, who praised the show's humor. 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|
|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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