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Monday, January 16, 2012

Napoleon Dynamite - Thundercone and Scantronica Love

Ern loved the Napoleon Dynamite movie and really wanted this to be a funny cartoon. This isn’t a matter of Ern not having the right sense of humor for Napoleon Dynamite, because every joke in the movie sends her into laughing fits. The unfortunate thing about the cartoon is that it’s not the same. At all. The humor is a little wacky and cartoonish, rather than flat and weird.

Also, one of the funniest things about the movie was that these were real, funny-looking people wearing those 80s clothes and being dorky. A cartoon being dorky is not out of the ordinary. A version of this with sets and the real actors, weekly, would have worked a lot better. Those sets and costumes can't be very expensive. 

The show doesn’t add much to the movie’s jokes (it repeats them a lot). The writing isn’t funny. The plots aren’t good. The original voices are there, which is good. If you smoke weed, this show might be a good thing to leave on while you do that, but we can’t imagine another use for it. There were a few mildly amusing lines, but overall, this show is a humor failure. It’s better than a lot of adult cartoons though. 

It could get better, but we’re going to have to hear that from a credible source before we watch this show again. The movie lost all the laughs in the transition from movie to weekly cartoon. If the show went back to the original tone and humor type, it might have a chance, but for now, it sucks. Ern is disappointed. Gosh!

Show grade: C

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