Sunday Night with Napoleon Dynamite: A Cult Series Turns Toony
According to Scully, the animated Napoleon Dynamite “is a work in progress. We’re trying to find out what works and what doesn’t. Our real challenge though is we’re on and off the Fox schedule because of football and awards shows. I hope people stick with it and watch all six episodes. The network ordered seven additional scripts that we’re writing right now. If we’re picked up for a second season then we’ll put them into production. The network is waiting until the show falls into a pattern; they want to see what the ratings numbers will be before they decide on a renewal.
Scully promises the series will contain plenty of nods to the movie: “Napoleon will recreate his (end of the movie) dance – but to different results. We’ll see Pedro at work as class president; on the wall behind him there’s a picture of him with Napoleon, who’s wearing that “Vote for Pedro” t shirt. Even so, the show stands on its own; you can dive in even if you haven’t already seen the movie.”
Unlike the rest of Fox’s other push-the-envelope Sunday night cartoon shows, Scully says “I want Napoleon Dynamite to be hip, cool, funny – and family friendly. When I watched film I didn’t realize it was rated PG, not even PG-13.
“I got an Email from a friend who watched our show with his kids; he said it was great to watch something without his finger on the pause button.”
Joe Strike is a regular contributor to AWN. He has written about animation, sci-fi and fantasy entertainment for the New York Daily News, Newsday and the New York Press. Joe has scripted the Nick Jr. series Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! and taught Mass Communications at New York's St. John's University. He is currently hosting “Interview with an Animator” [animator.interviews.com], a series of audience-attended conversations with noted figures in the animation community at a variety of New York City venues, including the Paley Center for the Media, The Society of Illustrators and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. Joe can be reached via email@example.com.