Peluca

 

Peluca Short Film

Peluca is the short film made by Jared Hess and John Heder before Napoleon Dynamite was ever conceived. In fact, Peluca was the inspiration for the full feature, and if you ever watch it you can see how Napoleon Dynamite was fleshed out from this ten minute film.

A small project for film class, it was shot on grainy black and white film all in one day in Preston, Idaho and on a short budget. The film's main character is Seth, played by John Heder, and is essentially Napoleon Dynamite. Pedro, and the rest of the cast is made up mostly of Preston High students, so the whole thing has the feel of a home video made by high school kids. Pedro, and some of the other characters can barely keep a straight face, but that makes the film all the more hilarious.

In fact Peluca has a fresh, goofy feel that in some ways is funnier than the feature film. John Heder's acting really stands out and carries the film, and you can see how Napoleon Dynamite was developed from just a bunch of ideas. You can find Peluca in the features section of the Napoleon Dynamite DVD. (It came with the Napoleon Dynamite DVD I rented from Blockbuster Online)