Napoleon Encounters A Liger And Kip Takes A Bath In New Clips From 'Napoleon Dynamite: The Animated Series'

A few months ago we showed you the first trailer for Napoleon Dynamite: The Animated Series, which offered a brief glimpse at the new show. At this year's Comic-Con, FOX brought out several clips to give the audience a better taste of what to expect.

Based on 2004's sleeper hit indie, the new show will see all of the main cast from the movie — Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino, Sandy Martin, Jon Gries, and Diedrich Bader — revisiting the now-animated town of Preston, Idaho to lend their voices to their cartoon counterparts. Jared Hess and Jerusha Hess, who created the film, are executive producing along with Mike Scully (The Simpsons). Watch the clips after the jump.

And here's the trailer:

[Clips via Geek Tyrant]

I'm of two minds about this show. On the one hand, as Germain pointed out, the characters from the original Napoleon Dynamite were "pretty much animated already," so it actually makes a lot of sense to adapt the film into an animated show.

On the other, it probably would've made more sense if FOX had done it five or six years ago. I know Napoleon Dynamite was huge for a while circa 2004, but I was under the impression most people had moved on with their lives by now. I mean, when's the last time you saw anyone wearing a "Vote for Pedro" t-shirt?

We'll find out whether the show can make ligers and Chapstick cool again when the premiere episode hits midseason 2012.


NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (Heder) is a 16-year-old boy convinced – for no apparent reason – that he is destined for greatness and blessed with unlimited "sweet abilities." He spends his days practicing ninja moves, drawing ligers, soul dancing and bragging about his "girlfriend in Oklahoma" whom nobody has ever seen. Napoleon's brother, KIP (Ruell), is an unemployed 32-year-old who lives at home and believes he would be an amazing catch for any girl who would respond to his online come-ons. The Dynamite brothers live with GRANDMA (Martin), a crusty woman who can often be found four-wheeling with her lady friends at the local sand dunes.

Napoleon's allies include PEDRO (Ramirez), his unflappable best friend who has recently been elected class president; and DEB (Majorino), an incredibly sweet girl who sees the good in Napoleon and dreams of someday being his wife. Napoleon's UNCLE RICO (Gries) lives out of an orange custom van, where he obsesses over his botched high school football career and dreams up ways to become rich and famous. Then there's REX KWON DO (Bader), a self-proclaimed martial-arts master who runs the local dojo.

Discuss: Are you excited for the return of Napoleon and his gang, or do you think the magic's worn off in the past seven years? Will you watch the series when it premieres?