Give me the name of the awesome early 2000s science-fiction that was cancelled before its time. No, not that one. Um…not that one either. Look, it’s in the title, so can you just stop screwing with me please? The cult classic Nickelodeon show Invader Zim, which debuted on the network in 2001, is finally returning for a 90-minute made for TV movie. GIR, get the popcorn!
Created by Jhonen Vasquez, Invader Zim ran from 2001-2002 on Nickelodeon. The show follows Zim, the incompetent and annoying member of the Irken race, who is sent to Earth by his superiors, the Tallests. Sent under the guise of preparing Earth to be conquered, Zim is actually sent to our unstrategically placed planet to get rid of him. Though Zim’s human disguise is poor, he is able to blend in to everyone except his intelligent and paranoid next-door neighbour Dib, and his uncaring sister Gaz. Throughout the run of the series, Zim makes a number of unsuccessful attempts to take over Earth, most thwarted by his own stupidity rather than the efforts of Dib and Gaz.
Despite critical success, Invader Zim suffered from poor viewership and was cancelled after just two seasons and 27 episodes. DVD sales led to the show’s popularity after the its cancellation, giving rise to Invader Zim figures, clothing, comics, and even a 2011 convention. This lead Nickelodeon in 2015 to announce that some of its series were being considered for revival, including Invader Zim. On April 4, 2017, Nick announced that this would happen as a 90-minute Invader Zim made for TV movie, being revived alongside Hey Arnold! and Rocko’s Modern Life.
Despite the show being off the air for nearly fifteen years (some unaired episodes released in 2006, but the show originally ended in 2002), much of the original voice cast are returning for the film. Richard Horvitz will return as Zim, Rosearik Rikki Simons as his robot GIR, Andy Berman as Dib, and Melissa Fahn as Gaz. The rest of the cast has yet to be announced, but we should learn who they are in the coming months.
The Invader Zim movie has no set release date yet, but we might have to wait a while. The fact that much of the cast is unannounced could mean that they don’t exist yet, and the film is still in early stages. Nick fans of the 90s and early 2000s can look forward to Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie later this year though, where we’ll finally learn where Arnold’s parents are. With these two properties to look forward to, along with the Rocko’s Modern Life TV special, there are some exciting times ahead in the world of classic Nickelodeon series. Dooooooooooom!
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