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Napoleon Dynamite gets a little more… animated

January 9th, 2012 by Marc Comments

Napoleon Dynamite is returning as a cartoon to US television network Fox.

The animated spin-off of the 2004 movie, about the life of a geeky teenager living in rural Idaho, will make its debut on January 15.

The film’s original cast, including leading man John Heder, are voicing their cartoon counterparts while new characters will also appear in the animated series.

Heder told Reuters:  “We played around with the idea of an animated series or live-action series for a sequel, but we never played around seriously because we made this with a bunch of friends, so we weren’t thinking cash franchise.

“But it came out and became a success, and I think all these years later, when Fox came to us, we said, ‘Hey, we’d talked about it. We think the time is right, let’s do it,’ and we were all on board.”

The 2004 cinema release went on to make $46m (£29.5m) at the box office around the world.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….