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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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wimp Fight: In "Thundercone" it's shown Napoleon and Kip fight this way when not on Rack-U-Tane.
  • You Are in Command Now: According to the town charter, in the event that the Mayor is unable to perform his duty, the chain of command follows down the line from Mayor > Police Chief > Student Body President > Tae Kwon Do Instructor > Mob Rule. Because of the town being overrun by lygers, Pedro gets to assert his authority.


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