Nickelodeon's 'Invader Zim' is Returning to Earth as a TV Movie

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 - 9:22PM
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 - 9:22PM
Nickelodeon's 'Invader Zim' is Returning to Earth as a TV Movie
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Debuting in 2001, the dark and manic Invader Zim certainly wasn't a '90s cartoon - but it does get remembered just as fondly. And like many other cartoons that still feed off their fans' nostalgia to this day (like the Samurai Jack revival and the upcoming Hey Arnold movie), the networks are noticing there's still a market here.

Which is why Nickelodeon has announced that they're greenlighting a 90-minute Invader Zim TV movie, with series creator Jhonen Vasquez telling another tale of Earth's worst alien invader, who only manages to blend in because the people of Earth are even dumber than he is. According to Deadline, the movie will focus on the "perpetually desperate and delusional Zim" as he attempts to takeover the planet (and potentially destroy it) so he can finally earn some praise from his Irken leaders, the Almighty Tallest.

All the major players are returning, voiced by their original actors: Richard Horvitz as Zim, Rikke Simons as his high-pitched robotic assistant GIR, Andy Berman as Dib (the only human smart enough to see Zim is obviously an alien) and Melissa Fahn as Dib's terrifying sister Gaz. Nickelodeon followed up the announcement with this brief teaser of a menacing Zim reminding us puny humans that he hasn't forgotten us. Or at least, he starts out menacing - GIR puts an end to that quickly enough.

While there are always some folks who'll get sour about reboots, the inclusion of Vasquez is a great sign. Invader Zim was the most kid-friendly project from the writer who brought the extremely graphic Johnny the Homicidal Maniac comic book into the world, but Zim still had Vasquez' crazed style all over it. If he didn't show up here, it wouldn't be Invader Zim, so it should come as a huge relief that he's onboard.
Invader Zim had a lot in common with Samurai Jack, in that it appealed more to older viewers than tiny children when it first aired – and anyone who's seen the new Samurai Jack season on Adult Swim will know this sort of reboot can be done very well. In fact, Invader Zim has already come back as a comic in the past (also by Vasquez), so it doesn't sound like he's short on any ideas for the tiny Irken invader.

Expect the Invader Zim movie to be "invading soon-ish," according to said teaser.

Via: EW
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