Despite the buzz from last night’s Banksy-directed opening to The Simpsons, animation on Fox is pretty much dominated by Seth MacFarlene. However, Fox has just ordered two animated series outside of their go-to animation creators MacFarlene and Matt Groening as Vulture reports the network has ordered an animated series based on the surprise hit film Napoleon Dynamite and another animated comedy series called Allen Gregory featuring Jonah Hill.
Details on both of these new series can be found after the jump.
With the Napoleon Dynamite animated series, Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez (who played Napoleon and Pedro respectively in the film) will use their vocal talents to reprise their roles along with most of the film’s major cast members as well. At this time six episodes of the series have been ordered with Mike Scully (who used to work on The Simpsons) executive producing with the film’s original writers Jared and Jerusha Hess. It doesn’t look like Jon Heder will be escaping from his star-making, but heavily overexposed role anytime soon. I’m pretty sure Napoleon Dynamite has already run its course and I just don’t know if this animated series is going to catch on.
However, I’m quite interested in checking out Allen Gregory, an animated series which will have Jonah Hill voicing the titular role of a freakishly smart, internationally acclaimed 7-year-old kid who’s about to take on the task of attending elementary school with kids his own age. Hill is executive producing and also writing the series with Hot Tub Time Machine screenwriters Andrew Mogel and Jarred Paul. The only down side to this news is that the series got grabbed by Fox and will have an uphill battle to stay on the air from the start. Both series will make their debut for the 2011-2012 TV season. Interested?