‘His zit cream is making him loco’ ‘His zit cream is making him loco’

Johanna Poppel

Napoleon steps out angrily into his living room when he discovers the zits the gas station chicken gave him.
Napoleon steps out angrily into his living room when he discovers the zits the gas station chicken gave him.

The new animated series, “Napoleon Dynamite,” will be airing on FOX on Sunday, January 15. Two episodes will be premiering; “Thundercore” at 8:30 p.m. EST and “Scantronica Love” at 9:30 p.m. EST.

“Napoleon Dynamite” brings me back to my middle school days in 2004 when my friends and I would repeat the lines and accents of the quirky comedy film featuring John Heder as an oddball, nerdy high school student. He has a dysfunctional family and an eccentric, awkward set of friends who experience misadventures living in the small town of Preston, Idaho.

I always thought “Napoleon Dynamite” was a thing of the past. After a few years “Napoleon Dynamite” has made a comeback that includes the same unique cast from the movie but now in cartoon form. “The characters of Napoleon Dynamite they are so timeless. It is the perfect setup for an animation series,” said Heder, the voice of Napoleon Dynamite.

The fun, unique and awkwardly awesome crew will be sure to make you laugh again. Some of the cast includes: Napoleon (Heder); Pedro (Elfrem Ramierez), a new-to-town stereotypical Mexican who befriends Napolean upon arriving, Deb (Tina Majorino), a shy girl whose passions are photography, what she considers fashion and a love for Napoleon; the impatient and adventurous grandma (Sandy Martin); and my personal favorite, Kip (Aaron Ruell), the soft-spoken older brother that still lives at home. He speaks with a sharp lisp and feminine flair. His only concern is to chat with hot babes on online dating websites all day. You will also see Tina the llama, Unlce Rico and Rex.

Pedro offers his advice to his agitated best friend Napoleon.
Pedro offers his advice to his agitated best friend Napoleon.

Along with the new adventures the show brings, some new characters will be added as well. The first episode features guest voice of Amy Poehler as “Misty” and the second has Jemaine Clement as “Professor Koontz” and Jennifer Coolidge as “Mrs. Moser.”

It is endless what you can do with Napoleon’s character. The first episode starts with his family having a meal of gas station fried chicken and Kip and Napoleon fighting again. There are new quotes from Napoleon, such as, “Kip, quit hogging all the good breast meat.” Kip responds with, “Napoleon, I already called this, baby.” Soon you will see Grandma spraying a six-pack of abs onto Kip for his next hot date he met on the internet. Napoleon has to buy zit cream to heal the rash the gas station chicken gave him. The zit cream offers some rather strange side-effects that make Napoleon lustful with disastrous powers. With these disastrous powers, Napoleon accidentally steals one of Kip’s women he met online, right after Kip drops the line, “Grandma, here is the cowgirl that finally tamed this wild stallion.” You will have to check out the first episode coming up this Sunday to catch these random bursts of humor.

The show’s executive producers are Jared and Jerusha Hess, who wrote and directed the original film, as well as directing “Nacho Libre” and “Gentlemen Broncos.” Producer Mike Scrully’s work consists of “The Simpsons,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Parks and Recreation.” The animation is done by Rough Draft Studios, which has provided us with works such as, “The Simpsons Movie” and “Futurama.”

The show incorporates fun and awkward humor that pokes fun at aspects of modern society and an American middle class small town. I must admit, seeing this show in a cartoon leaves the show to become too random. Although, I would recommend you tune in this Sunday to see the show. I had some good laughs and the show brings the same quirky, funny humor that is reminiscent of the popular “Napoleon Dynamite” movie.

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