Heck Yes! 10 Things You Never Knew About Napoleon Dynamite


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It’s hard to believe it’s been 13 years since Napoleon Dynamite hit theaters! What started as an independent film “Peluca” in 2001 at Sundance Film Festival has become one of the most unforgettable films of the 2000’s! Here are 10 things you never knew about Napoleon Dynamite.


  • Aaron Ruell, the actor who played Kip actually wore real braces for the movie.
  • According to IMDB, the movie was edited using Final Cut Pro on a $6,000 Macintosh computer.
  • A video game based off the movie was made for Nintendo DS and PlayStation in 2007.
  • All 181 “student extras” names were listed in the credits for the movie.
  • The movie was filmed near Franklin County, Idaho in the Summer of 2003. It was shot in 23 days.
  • Although they played high-school students, Jon Heder was 27 and Efren Ramirez was 31 when the movie was made.
  • The “Liger” is a real animal. It is a hybrid cross between a male lion and a female tiger.
  • Jon Heder was initially paid $1,000 to play Napoleon. The movie was an unexpected hit grossing over $40,000,000 in United States theaters. Heder later re-negotiated a cut of the profits.
  • Two homes were used for filming indoor and outdoor shots of Napoleon’s house. (IMDB)
  • Preston, Idaho held a Napoleon Dynamite Festival which included Tater-Tot eating contests and Tetherball Tournaments.


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