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Apr 17th 2005

napoleon dynamite quotes not enough for idaho legislature

idaho lawmakers have “legalized” the movie napoleon dynamite:

Fifty-eighth Legislature
First Regular Session – 2005


Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:

WHEREAS, the State of Idaho recognizes the vision, talent and creativity of Jared and Jerusha Hess in the writing and production of “Napoleon Dynamite“; and

WHEREAS, the scenic and beautiful City of Preston, County of Franklin and the State of Idaho are experiencing increased tourism and economic growth; and

WHEREAS, filmmaker Jared Hess is a native Idahoan who was educated in the Idaho public school system; and

WHEREAS, the Preston High School administration and staff, particularly the cafeteria staff, have enjoyed notoriety and worldwide attention; and

WHEREAS, tater tots figure prominently in this film thus promoting Idaho’s most famous export; and

WHEREAS, the friendship between Napoleon and Pedro has furthered multiethnic relationships; and

WHEREAS, Uncle Rico’s football skills are a testament to Idaho athletics; and

WHEREAS, Napoleon’s bicycle and Kip’s skateboard promote better air quality and carpooling as alternatives to fuel-dependent methods of transportation; and

WHEREAS, Grandma’s trip to the St. Anthony Sand Dunes highlights a long-honored Idaho vacation destination; and

WHEREAS, Rico and Kip’s Tupperware sales and Deb’s keychains and glamour shots promote entrepreneurism and self-sufficiency in Idaho’s small towns; and

WHEREAS, Napoleon’s artistic rendition of Trisha is an example of the importance of the visual arts in K-12 education; and

WHEREAS, the schoolwide Preston High School student body elections foster an awareness in Idaho’s youth of public service and civic duty; and

WHEREAS, the “Happy Hands” club and the requirement that candidates for school president present a skit is an example of the importance of theater arts in K-12 education; and

WHEREAS, Pedro’s efforts to bake a cake for Summer illustrate the positive connection between culinary skills to lifelong relationships; and

WHEREAS, Kip’s relationship with LaFawnduh is a tribute to e-commerce and Idaho’s technology-driven industry; and

WHEREAS, Kip and LaFawnduh’s wedding shows Idaho’s commitment to healthy marriages; and

WHEREAS, the prevalence of cooked steak as a primary food group pays tribute to Idaho’s beef industry; and

WHEREAS, Napoleon’s tetherball dexterity emphasizes the importance of physical education in Idaho public schools; and

WHEREAS, Tina the llama, the chickens with large talons, the 4-H milk cows, and the Honeymoon Stallion showcase Idaho’s animal husbandry; and

WHEREAS, any members of the House of Representatives or the Senate of the Legislature of the State of Idaho who choose to vote “Nay” on this concurrent resolution are “FREAKIN’ IDIOTS!” and run the risk of having the “Worst Day of Their Lives!

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the First Regular Session of the Fifty-eighth Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and the Senate concurring therein, that we commend Jared and Jerusha Hess and the City of Preston for showcasing the positive aspects of Idaho’s youth, rural culture, education system, athletics, economic prosperity and diversity.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we, the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate of the State of Idaho, advocate always following your heart, and thus we eagerly await the next cinematic undertaking of Idaho’s Hess family.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives be, and she is hereby authorized and directed to forward a copy of this resolution to Jared and Jerusha Hess, the Mayor of the City of Preston and the Principal of Preston High School.

(emphasis added) some people might think this is weird. i tend to think it makes a lot of sense, considering the benefits to idaho and preston if they take advantage of the napoleon dynamite-related attention while they can. a friend sent me the following article the other day: Little town basks in attention from success of ‘Napoleon Dynamite’. i found it kind of heartwarming, so i’ve copied the whole thing below:

Talk to a Preston resident for any length of time and you’re likely to hear the town’s new mantra. “There’s a little bit of Napoleon in all of us,” says lifelong resident Thedora Petterborg. “Who hasn’t felt like that once in a while?”

And now, based on the cult following the movie “Napoleon Dynamite” has earned, the tiny city of Preston has gained a cult following all its own.

The movie, written and directed by first-time filmmaker Jared Hess and set in his hometown, has been a surprise indie hit. It has grossed $44.5 million in the United States since its debut last June and stayed popular as a DVD best seller since December.

That success has brought fans from as far away as Germany to Preston, buying thousands of dollars’ worth of souvenir shirts, tetherballs and the ever-popular boondoggle key chain.

“I think it’s totally remarkable,” said Petterborg, who played the school secretary in the movie. “The llama, Tina, lives right across the street from us. People come by and take pictures – they go out of their way to see Napoleon’s town.”

The movie’s hero, Napoleon Dynamite (John Heder), is a nerdy teenager suffering the typical struggles of high school: trying to find a date, dealing with annoying relatives and holding it all together despite mocking from the popular crowd. He joins forces with friends Pedro Sanchez (Efren Ramirez) and Deb (Tina Majorino) to get Pedro elected student body president. It all culminates in a dance-off, Napoleon-style.

Hess’ movie is squeaky clean, with no swearing, no potty humor and no violence. In many ways it mirrors the town, where cheerful and mostly Mormon residents introduce themselves to strangers and are quick to offer a helping hand.

Not everyone was thrilled to be living in the new capital of geek chic, though. Some residents worry the movie makes them look nerdy.

“There’s probably two kinds of people. You either love it and think it’s the greatest thing that happened, or you hate it and think it makes fun of us,” Petterborg said. “Those of us love it because we love Jared.”

Much of the movie is based on Hess’ experiences in Preston, where he often trolled around with a camcorder making amateur movies. No wonder, then, that many thought “Napoleon Dynamite” was simply another of Hess’ projects.

“Most of us didn’t think anything of it at first, just another no-name movie for Jared Hess,” said Stephen Baldwin, store manager for the Deseret Industries thrift shop where much of the movie’s wardrobes were bought and some scenes were filmed. “But then it came out. And now college students are coming into the store to take pictures or videos, looking to purchase memorabilia.”

Still, ask any local kid and chances are they’ll tell you they can’t wait to leave Preston, a town of just 4,791 people about 100 miles north of Salt Lake City.

“High schoolers will go away for a minute but they always come back,” said Pennie Christensen, executive director of Preston’s Chamber of Commerce. “We’re probably a bit behind the times as far as fashion, but there are beautiful homes and it’s a small, tight community. People are service-oriented, considerate.”

Real estate agents have reported an increase in calls from out-of-towners whose interest was piqued by the film’s scenery, Christensen said. A few fans have stopped by for a visit and decided to stay.

Even more are calling, just to say hello.

“One lady called from Tennessee, saying, `I want to thank Preston. You cleaned up the language in our town,'” Christensen said. “Before the kids there were saying things like the F-word or G-D. Now they say ‘flip’ and ‘sweet.'”

Christensen hopes the town can keep the attention coming. She’s planning a Napoleon Dynamite Fest in June, complete with tetherball tournaments, a disco dance-off and a look-alike contest.

The Chamber of Commerce – whose Web site hits spiked from an all-time high of 7,000 to 284,000 after the DVD release – sells tour maps pointing out filming locations such as Napoleon’s house, along with other souvenirs. A sign at the car dealership West Motors boasts that customers can buy a car from Pedro’s dad.

Even the Happy Hands sign language club in the movie is based on the school’s Good Hands club; Hess was a member while attending Preston High. Though the number of men on the team has tripled since the movie – to three – they continue to be targets for school bullies.

Before the flick, 17-year-old Dakotah Gordon was the only male to brave the club.

“I was the Napoleon Dynamite of the club,” Gordon said. “But look at the guy-to-girl ratio – a lot of guys want to be in the club, they’re just scared to join.”

The group is getting performance requests from around the nation, and a few nearby schools have gotten into a bidding war over who will score the club for an assembly first. But those who want to see the Good Hands club in action need only stop by Preston High School every day after class. The group of about 30 students gathers to practice sign language and dance to songs by Shania Twain, Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys.

In one movie scene, Hess used his mother’s phone number in the background. Now his mom, Krismas Adams, said she gets calls all the time.

“People call and say, `Is Napoleon there?’ I always tell them that Napoleon doesn’t live here, it’s Pedro’s house. A lot of times they laugh or hang up. But I’ve had a few really rewarding conversations,” Adams said. “One kid from Michigan called, and we talked about Jared and the importance of sticking with his dreams.”

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7 Responses to “napoleon dynamite quotes not enough for idaho legislature”

  1. "bob"


  2. I lov……………………. Napoleon a.k.a John Heder and Kip a.k.a Aaron Ruell!but not deb,uncle rico,trisha,tina,grandma,or lafanduh!

  3. Cat

    I love Napolean Dynamite he is the bomb especially his sexy hair!

  4. Napo Leon dino mite

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  5. uncle rico


  6. Hayley

    napoleon kicks butt… id do him anyday!! he’s a feaky nerd but he soo has the potential to become one big hot spunk! i love him.. mwah love hayls xoxox

  7. ii

    HE IS TOTALLY AWSOME…. gosh… oh and kip and TINA!!