Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blogging A to Z: Napoleon Dynamite

Welcome to the A to Z blogging challenge! All month long we'll be creating posts for each letter of the alphabet according to a theme. Click here to see the list of participating blogs.

My theme is Memorable Characters featuring characters from books, movies, and TV.

Napoleon Dynamite

From: Napoleon Dyanmite

Known For: accumulating great skills, awkward dancing

You guys: Napoleon Dynamite came out ten years ago! Okay, now that I've recovered from that, Napoleon is one of my favorite movie characters for his utter strangeness. I love that this movie ever got made, and that it broke out of indie-dom into the mainstream. The humor is co-erced from oddity rather than outright jokes, and the whole vibe is the antithesis to most movie studio fare. The plot is minimal, with the movie mostly driven by strange characters and surroundings in Napoleon's life. But yet the film is also hopeful, showing shades of Napoleon's innocence as accepting of those around him, while himself often being shunned and ignored. It's like this sweet horror comedy, which shouldn't be possible, but somehow is. Napoleon: mouth-breather, drawer of fictional animals, feeder of llamas, dancer in moon boots.

Who is your favorite Napoleon Dynamite side character?


  1. Nine years ago my son was only 6 but I had two older kids visiting and we watched Napoleon Dynamite! It is still an all time fave, he plays a quirky fun character as a psychic on a Reese Witherspoon movie ... Great actor, want to see more of him. #AtoZchallenge ☮Peace ☮ ღ ONE ℒℴνℯ ღ ☼ Light ☼ visiting from

  2. It's too bad that the actor that played him was never able to escape that role.

  3. Oh, how could I have forgotten about Napoleon Dynamite! My favorite part was definitely the random pet llama! Have you ever heard of the epic rap battles? They are little funny skits/songs that are about famous people battling/rapping against each other, but they are kind of vulgar at times and a little crude. Mr. Dynamite is in one of them, pretty funny. :-) New follower!

    ~Mr. McLovin at Fuel For The Furnace

  4. I love Napolian Dynamite. Pedro is cool. And I love Deb. Aren't we all a little bit quirky in our own way, but we're still good folks!

  5. WOW, ten years! I feel so old now! I adore Uncle Rico - such a legend. "I could prob'ly throw this pigskin over those mountains..." ;) I'm not ashamed to say I dance like Napoleon at clubs.


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