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Napolean Dynamite: The Animated Series

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Princeton, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. Princeton Active Member

  2. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    A LITTLE late for that.

    I don't know... I liked the movie, but I don't think it works as an animated series. And you can tell something is wrong with children's programming when only adult animated programs are based off of movies (that and Spaceballs, which was okay... but it really didn't feel like Mel Brooks humor).

    It looks like the Karate Guy is part of the series. I hope they get the same actor back for that.

    But really, not impressed... not impressed with Allen Gregory, either. I do like Bob's Burgers, but it feels like it should be a cable show.
  3. Princeton Active Member

    I believe they're bringing back all the original actors from the movie.
  4. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Eh... that's more than you can say for Spaceballs. of course, Rick Morranis somehow retired or something... which is the shame of shames, believe you me.

    Come to think of it... I can barely remember the last cartoon series for kids based off a movie. Sure, I have no doubt the Marvel and DC comics cartoons can be based off movies, or based off characters who were in recent movie... The Batman was clearly inspired by the Chris Nolan films the same way Batman TAS was inspired by the Tim Burton films (only better done). I think Transformers Prime uses the movie character designs... but the last movie based animated series was Emperor's New School in 2006... even then, the last one before that Lilo and Stitch. And that's only because Disney has been known to make cartoons based on their movies anyway. Oh... I forgot Penguins of Madagascar and the upcoming Kung Fu Panda series....

    There hasn't been a cartoon based off a PG or PG-13 action or action comedy film for years. They had a real gluttony of them in the 80's and 90's. Most of them were good... there were a couple bad ones (like Evolution the series). I love stuff like Beetlejuice and Real Ghostbusters and Men in Black the series... stuff where the cartoon has even more kid appeal than the movies (There was never any Ghostbuster movie merchandise until recently... but there WAS Real Ghostbusters cartoon stuff).

    Still... strange to see adult shows based off of movies.
  5. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I read an interview with Morranis from several years ago where he said that he took a break from acting after becomming a single parent, but then after awhile realised he didn't miss acting, and had decided to limit himself to just writing and voice acting. Not sure if he's decided to retire from those two since then.
  6. Princeton Active Member

    Well, I do know that he didn't reprise his role for the Ghostbusters video game; that would qualify as voice acting.
  7. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Now that I think about it, a Napoleon Dynamite show MAY just have the same exact tone of Regular Show... there are hints of ND, as well as Bill and Ted and that terrible Dude, Where's My Car? (the fact that the mundane world of slackers leads to something more supernatural and out of left field... only RS manages to do this GOOD) among others... I just see it being very RS-like as an animated series.
  8. beaker Well-Known Member

    I'm all for it. Looks very Mike Judge-ish, and I LOVED the movie. One of the few PG movies I've seen that had me in stitches. Also, Beavis and Butthead is back with a whole new season after so many years(and it pretty much looks like it did in the early 90's)
  9. Blue Weirdo Member

    They're apparently doing a Monsters Vs Aliens series too.

    Personally I didn't like Napoleon Dynamite. Everyone kept saying,"you have to see this it's so good" so I saw it and found it dull and unfunny.
  10. Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    I admit, I'm kinda suprised that they are making a series only now considering how popular the movie was.

    Honestly I didnt like the movie. I thought it was boring and didnt understand the point of it
  11. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    They won't do a sequel, but they'll do a cartoon series. Hope there's toys. I LOVED that movie but the toys were impossible to find. I was only able to get like 2 of the McD's toys as it is. Though the show won't be the same without Steven Colbert as the President. They'd REALLY have to pay him a lot to keep him on.

    You know, as far as movies that keep the cast when they become cartoons, that's a rare thing...

    Depending on which series, Disney seemed to keep around SOME of the cast. Aladdin was only missing Robin Williams (he was angry at the management at the time because of something that happened about the merchandise anyway), Timon and Pumbaa's entire cast was recast, except for Jim Cummings as Ed and I think Robert was still Rafiki. Tarzan recast everyone, which is strange, since they recast Wayne Knight's character WHILE they had him as a semi-regular cast member of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command... and he was basically one of the only people in the movie to be on the show, and he did a different character. Emperor's New School had almost everyone by the time the show ended except for David Spade. John Goodman did the voice of Pacha in the second season. of course, that show wouldn't have been as funny, much like the movie, if it wasn't for Patrick Warburton and Eartha Kitt.

    As for other movie based cartoons, that's even more rare. Spaceballs ONLY retained Mel Brooks (being executive producer and all) and Joan Rivers. of course, one of the cast members was dead, so... that goes without saying. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures kept the star cast... of course, back then Keanu wasn't as popular as he is now... the second season ONLY changed because they moved to Canada for the voice work. Ben Stein is the only one that reprised his character for The Mask series (though, Rob Paulsen had a LOT more fun in the role than Jim ever did). That's about it, though. Can't think of any others that retained any of the cast.
  12. Princeton Active Member

    If I remember correctly, Daphne Zuniga returned as well.
  13. beaker Well-Known Member

    I tried to watch the "spaceballs animated series"...ugh. Looked pretty cheap bottom of the barrel flash bone rigging to me. Are studios even trying? I know most cartoons these days use cheap flash animation, from My Little Pony to most the stuff on Adult Swim. At least Phineas and Ferb make it work.

    Is the MvA show really happening? Despite it being the best Dreamworks film in my view(usually their animation looks dated), it sadly had the kibosh put on it by execs
  14. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yeah, when I saw Spaceballs years ago, I was less than impressed. The animation is flash, and it looked like something an animation student that just learned the program, and had less than half the semester to make a project (been there, my stuff looked like that ONLY due to deadlines). And the humor isn't so much Mel Brooks as AS wannabe... but then I rewatched it recently, and I have to say, it wasn't too bad considering.

    Phineas and Ferb are FAR from flash. They are indeed a traditional (or digitally traditional) animated in Korea cartoon. I think either Rough Draft or Toon City do the outsourced animation... they're my two favorite outsource companies... they really add fluid to the animation.
  15. beaker Well-Known Member

    Oh weird, for some reason to me PaF has a flash look to me. Camp Lazlo did, but Joe Murray says how much he enjoys working in flash these days. Ive tried getting into PaF with random episodes over the last two seasons...some of the formula really irks me, like using the same exact beats, pops and templates for every episode laid out in the pilot episode. Ive been rewatching all the Rockos Modern Life, Timon and Pumba, etc episodes and you dont feel a direct pattern every single episode(other than things go awry and over the top) Does Ferb ever say much? Outside of the movie do we ever see Perry in Agent P form in the same scene as PaF, or PaF in the same scene as the mad scientist? I loved the gag in the first episode about the crappy kid's coster, though the no-rules no limitations of physics(like the roller coaster going into space) was a bit much...tho Rocko employed similar stuff

    I put all my "dailies" and stuff I had been working on for months on a dvdr and watched it a few times on my tv...then pretty much decided to scrap a lot of the animation I had worked on as it looked too "flash"y. So pretty much I went out and got a nice Wacom tablet, and have been trying to teach myself painstaking frame by frame movement and having more dynamic action/perspectives to make it feel more alive. I think flash is great with a digital pen or cyntiq for the vectoring and onion skinning. You know which animator I really dig? Bill Plimpton, as well as Don Hertzfeldt. That painstaking style must take forever and a day!
  16. Princeton Active Member

    Did anyone wind up watching the show?
  17. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I saw them all except the last one.

    It's a shame it got canceled so quickly and all, but it really felt out of place on that schedule. Not to mention, as I said before, it was a little too late for it. If this thing were on cable, it would have lasted a lot longer than the 5 episode run it had. I give it credit for full animation, and not some sort of [adult swim] looking Flash cartoon. Not to mention getting most of the cast back. That's something that's virtually unheard of, with the exception of the first season of Bill and Ted. Sure, there will always be that one person they manage to get back, Ben Stein reprised his character for The Mask The Animated Series... Tony Shaloub actually came back to voice Jeebs for 3 episodes of Men in Black TAS.

    I really wish they'd produce more episodes and put it on FX or something.

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