A Minute With: Jon Heder brings Napoleon Dynamite to TV
By Piya Sinha-Roy
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Geek chic will soon be back when Napoleon Dynamite returns in an animated TV show and joins "Family Guy" and "The Simpsons" on the Fox network's "Animation Domination" night.
"Napoleon Dynamite," the 2004 independent film about a socially awkward teenager in a small town, directed by Jared Hess and starring Jon Heder, became a hit and received praise for bringing something fresh to the teen comedy genre.
The film is about a high-school loser, Napoleon, who becomes a bit of a winner while retaining his geekiness. The original cast is voicing their animated characters in the TV shows that debuts on January 15.
They are joined by new characters and guest stars including Amy Poehler, Sam Rockwell and Jemaine Clement.
Heder, 34, talked to Reuters about returning to play Napoleon and working in animation.
Q: Napoleon is back! Why now?
A: "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."
Q: Why animation over live action, especially with the original cast? Continued...