Napoleon Dynamite (season 1)

{4.5/5} “I’m still technically the mayor until 5:00, so if there’s anything illegal you want to do I can pardon you.”

Napoleon Dynamite season 1, aired in 2012

I thought that the movie Napoleon Dynamite was hilarious. If you thought so too, then you might be interested in the animated TV show based on it. Although the movie was eight years ago, we pick up approximately where we left off (which wouldn’t be possible if this were live action). There are only six episodes so far — I’m not sure whether more are on the way or not.

The first two episodes were amusing, but they kicked things up a notch with the third episode. In “Ligertown” Napoleon finally meets his favourite animal, a liger (half lion, half tiger). In fact, he meets a whole bunch of them — and steals a baby in order to raise it himself (it made sense at the time).

Kip is the Kramer of this show — everything he says is funny. The show sometimes veers into the fantastical in a way that didn’t happen in the movie — there’s a ghost, and animals can do things that they can’t in real life. People online are complaining about the repetitiveness of the shows. I can certainly see that, but I do think these six episodes are funny. If they continue, hopefully now that they see the show’s potential the creative juices will flow.

All of the main actors from the movie are voicing their characters. Jared Hess and Jerusha Hess wrote the movie, and Jared Hess directed it. They are the creators of this animated series. In writing the episodes they got some help from Mike Scully, who was a writer on things like The Simpsons, and Hubbel Palmer, who wrote (and starred in) Humble Pie.

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2 Responses to “Napoleon Dynamite (season 1)”

  1. James Says:

    Thanks for the tip, Dave! I didn’t know about this…

  2. Dave Switzer Says:

    Season 1 turned out to be the only season of this show.

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