Look, I didn’t mind Napoleon Dynamite. It was quirky and funny. And then a legion of uncreative folks mixed up irony with lack of taste and bought a million “Vote for Pedro” t-shirts. And then there were the unavoidable quoters who couldn’t walk six steps without a “gosh” which eventually devolved into saying something assholeish in a vague Jon Heder impression. Of course, I always come late to the party and so when I finally saw the film on DVD and liked it, I went online only to find that everyone else had already decided to hate it. It’s like showing up to senior prom and three other girls are wearing the exact same dress. I hated senior fucking prom.
In any case, I’ll give you a single guess for what network decided to pick up an animated version of Napoleon Dynamite. Yes, Fox. They’ve ordered six whole episodes, which shows their extensive confidence in the property. All of the original cast are returning to do voice work for the show, which says everything there is to say about their subsequent careers I suppose.
The press release says that the show “follows the misadventures of an awkward high school teenager and his quirky friends as they struggle to navigate life in rural Idaho.”
You know what’s a fine line to walk? I tend to like things that are quirky, but I hate things that say they’re quirky. If you have to say it, you’re not.
The only real question at this point is whether they will bother broadcasting all six episodes before canning it for “Family Guy” reruns.