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'Napoleon Dynamite' Series Premiere: Napoleon And Kip Cage-Fight Over A Girl In 'Thundercone'

The " Napoleon Dynamite " (Sun., 8:30PM on Fox) Series Premiere welcomed fans back to the wacky world of the Dynamite family. And this time, the Dynamites are animated. In an effort to banish his unsightly acne, high school student Napoleon ( Jon Heder ) turns to a banned skin cream. However, the side effects mean that he becomes super strong and full of rage, and the fomerly mild-mannered 16 year-old goes ahead and steals the lovely Misty ( Amy Poehler ) away from older brother -- and cage-fighting enthusiast -- Kip ( Aaron Ruell ). Unfortunately for Napoleon, Kip figures out his secret and turns the tables on him. So the Dynamite siblings end up fighting each other for the hand of Misty. In a cage, natch . Read More... //

Napoleon Dynamite "Thundercone / Scantronica Love" Series Premiere Review

Napoleon Dynamite comes to television as an animated series tonight with a two-part series premiere reuniting the entire original cast of the film.  Both "Thundercone" and "Scantronica Love" provide different looks at what might succeed with Napoleon Dynamite as an animated series, but ultimately doesn't amount to much entertainment. I was completely on board with the idea of bringing Napoleon Dynamite to TV as an animated series.  The movie never held much esteem for me, as I don’t think it really could have for anyone.  Napoleon Dynamite was by no means a good film, or even a bad film, just kind of a quirky, and bizarrely memorable two hours  that grew on people without them realizing. It certainly didn’t beg a sequel, but its eclectic weirdness seemed like it would match animation well and bringing back the entire cast to voice their animated counterparts made the prospect more than exciting. Read More... //

'Napoleon Dynamite' review: Not all that explosive

Fans of the 2004 movie "Napoleon Dynamite" are a select, fiercely loyal set. They are also somewhat of a niche audience, which might make it a tough proposition as a crossover animation hit in the best possible scenario. Sadly, Sunday's (Jan. 15) series premiere of "Napoleon Dynamite" on FOX is not the best possible scenario.Don't get us wrong. We wanted this show to be a success because we liked the movie and everyone attached to it -- most of whom are along for the animated ride, too. Jon Heder (Napoleon) is here, along with Jon Gries (Uncle Rico), Aaron Ruell (Kip), Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and the incomparable Diedrich Bader (Rex). Not to mention Tina Majorino (Deb) and Sandy Martin (Grandma).Part of the unexpected genius of the movie was the deadpan delivery from the actors -- much of the humor was visual. Sadly, it doesn't translate to animation -- at least not this animation. Taken together,... //

Review: 'Napoleon Dynamite' turns animated for FOX

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall reviews "Napoleon Dynamite," the new FOX animated comedy based on the cult hit 2004 film about a teenage outcast in Idaho and his friends and family. //

Television review: 'Napoleon Dynamite'

Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez and the rest of the cast from the indie film are reunited, but the slow pace is gone for the family-friendly Fox cartoon. One of the many charms of the 2004 indie film turned cult classic "Napoleon Dynamite" was the near-miraculous ability of writer-director Jared Hess and his cast to create characters that were equally human and cartoonish — at least a quarter of the movie is occupied by various versions of near-catatonic silence, oppressively echoed by the wide and weighty Idaho sky. //,0,5720171.story

FOX: Midseason Reviews

By: Tim Holland Alcatraz  is J.J. Abrams latest puzzler that centers on a trio of investigators out to solve the mysterious reappearance of former Alcatraz inmates 50 years after they disappeared from the island prison and who are continuing their violent ways in the present. It’s a daring premise, but Abrams and his excellent cast, led by Sam Neill, Sarah Jones and Jorge Garcia, are up to the task. Alcatraz  seamlessly combines the thrills of a police procedural with the intrigue of a good old-fashioned mystery to create a unique sci-fi drama unlike anything else on TV. But what else would you expect from the man behind  Alias ,  Lost  and  Fringe ? My advice: escape to  Alcatraz . Touch is a well-intentioned drama that blends science and spirituality in an attempt to say that we are all connected and responsible for one another. Kiefer Sutherland stars as a single dad of an emotionally-challenged 11-year-old son (David Mazouz) who only communicates through numbers. Sutherland learns that those numbers are a link that unites various people all over the world and that they have the power to shape their destinies. The idea that we are all one and that our actions profoundly affect others, even those we haven’t met, is compelling. Unfortunately, Touch stretches the boundaries of credulity with its all-too-convenient links that allow its far-fetched stories to interconnect and be resolved. Sutherland makes a strong impression as the frustrated dad and Mazouz is excellent as the boy.  But in the end Touch feels forced and fails in its mission to connect with viewers. The hit cult movie Napoleon Dynamite is now a--- Sweet! ---animated series and is voiced by the film’s original cast members. For those unaware, Napoleon Dynamite focuses on the comic misadventures of "America’s most awesomely awkward teenager" and his quirky family and friends in rural Idaho. The series is much faster-paced than the movie and thus will likely appeal to even non- Napoleon fans who were put off by the film’s at times ultra-deliberate pace. The jokes are fast and furious and, while they don’t all land, more than enough do to keep the laughter coming. And, as stated earlier, Napoleon is indeed sweet. Yes, there are fart jokes but nothing really crude. It’s a Fox animated series that the whole family can enjoy. The Finder is a lackluster Bones spinoff that centers on eccentric Walter Sherman (a charismatic Geoff Stults), a man with an uncanny ability to find things or people that no one else can. Even though it’s a procedural, the tone is light and there is much good-natured bantering that goes on between Walter and his sidekick Leo, played by a sturdy Michael Clarke Duncan, and on-again, off-again girlfriend and U.S. Marshal Isabel Zambada (Mercedes Masohn). The show is pleasant but not engaging, and the storytelling is sluggish, bordering on boring. Unfortunately, The Finder is best left undiscovered.