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Parents' Guide to

Napoleon Dynamite

By Matt Springer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Quirky, gross humor in animated series based on cult hit.

TV Fox Comedy 2012
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+

bad show

is not the best but there is very little sex and cursing but not good quality kids should not start liking that at a early age and there is violence
age 12+

napoleon dynamite

i didn't find this very funny i expected alot more but kids probably could watch this

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (21 ):

Although Napoleon Dynamite was inspired by the movie, it seems to take more inspiration from another Fox animated show that's since gone on to the big DVD library in the sky: King of the Hill. Like that show, Napoleon Dynamite focuses on an exceedingly eccentric cast of characters living in a unique part of the country, chronicling their victories and disappointments along the way. Unlike King of the Hill, Napoleon Dynamite is strange -- almost too strange; the humor is so quirky and disconnected from reality that it's frequently hard to decide whether you're supposed to laugh or groan with disgust.

And yet, as a half-hour dose of animated comedy, Napoleon Dynamite is more watchable (for this reviewer, anyway) than the original film was. Perhaps it's absence making the heart grow fonder or just that 22 minutes of these characters is easier to digest than 90 minutes. Whatever the case may be, there are some strong laughs to be found here; the animation seems to help bring this unusual little universe to life more effectively than live-action. There's a distance created when you're laughing at an animated character who's covered in apocalyptic zits that makes it easier to find the humor than watching real zits on a real forehead.

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