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The Animated Adaptation of the 2004 movie Napoleon Dynamite. Announced in 2010 and premiered on FOX in January 15, 2012. The series continues where the film left off, showing the misadventures of Napoleon Dynamite and his oddball family in their sleepy Idaho town.

As this is an animated version, there's a lot more room for exaggeration on the jokes though the show still seeks to retain the charm of the movie. Most of the cast (Don is voiced by Jared Hess) returned to reprise their roles from the film.

Sadly canceled after one season due to low ratings (and Fox putting its budget money towards more episodes of Bob's Burgers). Amusingly only getting six episodes made, the same amount as fellow indie-comedy-movie-turned-animated series, Clerks. Though at the least all of its episodes have aired on its network. All 6 episodes were released to DVD on November 4th, 2014, possibly in honor of the film's 10th anniversary.

This show provides examples of:

  • Better than a Bare Bulb: A prominent source of the humor is lampshading everything possible.
  • Box-and-Stick Trap: In the episode "Pedro vs. Deb" Napoleon catches Deb and Pedro for an intervention by using a "free girl clothes" trap on both of them.
  • Broken Pedestal: In one episode, Napoleon cares for some ligers (pretty much his favorite animal) at a farm. However, he gets disappointed by them because they lacked magical powers. It does get rebuilt near the end, though, when the liger cub he cared for really did have powers.
  • Catchphrase: Don's is "YEAAH-HEAAH!"
  • Chased by Angry Natives: The end of the first episode when Kip and Napoleon's fight descends into a slap fight.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: LaFawnduh never appears and Kip dates other women with no explanation given for her absence. This is especially odd considering that other events of the film, such as Pedro being elected class president, are canonical in the series.
    • Likewise, Summer's friend Trisha from the movie does not appear either, though it is highly possible that she would have made an appearance had the series not been canceled after six episodes.
  • Dangerous Deserter: Rico is revealed to have deserted the rest of his troops during The Gulf War.
  • Denser and Wackier: While still somewhat grounded in reality, there's a lot of cartoonish elements to the series compared to the movie, such as Shasta the liger communicating to Napoleon, the Goof Nutz Pizza animatronics talking to Kip, and the bike riding bear.
  • Kangaroos Represent Australia: The Goof Nutz Pizza band has one and she is voiced by Tara Strong (which made matters even better).
  • Friendly Tickle Torture: Happens twice in the episode FFA.
  • Funny Animal: The Goof Nutz Pizza band has these.
  • Godwin's Law: Preston Putt Miniature Golf features Hitler's mouth as an obstacle.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: A staple of the series as with the movie.
  • Happy Ending Override: Kip is now single again despite getting married in the Post-Credits Scene in the movie. However, Jared Hess explains that the series canonically takes place before the several months Time Skip in the movie proper, so it's possible they took a break for awhile.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: This is a given since everyone is drawn similarly to their live-action counterparts and most of them even reprise their roles.
  • Interquel: According to Jared Hess, the show apparently takes place after Pedro's election, but before Kip's marriage.
  • Manchild: Kip believes Goof Nutz Pizza is an appropriate place for a date.
  • Mythology Gag: In "Pedro vs. Deb" Napoleon tries to dance his way into the crowd's hearts just like in the movie, except this time it doesn't work.
    Pedro: Frankly, I'm surprised it worked the first time.
  • Parental Abandonment: Just like in the movie, it is never explained what happened to Napoleon and Kip's parents. The ligers of all characters actually Lampshade this at one point.
  • Sailor Fuku: Japanese exchange student Tokiko is wearing one in the second episode.
  • Sparing the Final Mook: Parodied in "Thundercone". Some acne medicine makes Napoleon an unstoppable fighter, and he tries to compete in the infamous Thundercone. Rex won't let him until he beats some of Rex' fighters, so Napoleon applies some of the cream and wipes the floor with the entire group. The last one standing asks Napoleon to spare him because "I have a daughter." Napoleon lets him go.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: In "Pedro vs. Deb" after Napoleon catches Deb using a "free girl clothes" trap and she finds herself tied next to Pedro for an intervention:
    Deb: I can't believe you trapped us!
    Pedro: And there weren't even any girl clothes.
  • Super Serum / Psycho Serum: The Rack-U-Tane makes Napoleon incredibly powerful. So naturally Kip steals it.
  • The Tag: Usually depict an oddly fantastical sight (i.e., the Goof Nuts Pizza band revealing themselves as real, and Kip and Uncle Rico find treasure in a small pool)
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Uncle Rico. In the movie, he had a more antagonistic role, while in the animated series he seems to have a more likeable personality. However, he is still despised by most the characters.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Napoleon. He's much more thoughtless and rude (especially to Deb) than in the movie.