“Invader Zim,” the early ‘00s animated Nickelodeon children’s television show about a small alien whose plans to conquer the Earth are consistently ruined by a child with a large head, will receive new life in the form of a TV movie that reunites the show’s creator with its original voice cast. The movie will once again pit Zim against his old nemesis, Dib, as the former continues his quest to invade the Earth and impress his people’s rulers, the Almighty Tallest.
“Invader Zim” originally aired on Nickelodeon from 2001 to 2006 for two seasons. The show was cancelled prior to the conclusion of the second season, leaving several episodes unaired and scrapping plans for a series finale TV movie (the unaired episodes from season two would later go on to be released on DVD). The series was created by comic book artist and writer Jhonen Vasquez, creator of the horror-comedy series “Johnny the Homicidal Maniac” and “Squee!” After its cancellation, “Invader Zim” went on to enjoy a cult following.
“As a network that prides itself on a 25-year history of creating groundbreaking, hilarious animation for kids, ‘Invader Zim’ is one of our great loves,” Nickelodeon exec Chris Viscardi said in a press release. “It’s been so exciting to see its popularity grow over the last decade through social media, consumer products and the Zim comic books. What makes this announcement extra thrilling is the adventure that Jhonen has created for Zim, and I can promise you that it is as wonderfully absurd and strangely heartfelt as any fan of the original series could hope for, and kids seeing it for the first time will love it too.”
The “Invader Zim” reboot will see much of the original voice cast reprising their roles. Richard Horvitz will play the eponymous Zim, an Irken invader who seeks the respect of his imperialistic people; Rosearik Rikki Simons will play GIR, Zim’s chronically malfunctioning robot servant; Andy Berman will play Dib, a child paranormal investigator who is seemingly the only person on Earth who believes Zim is an alien; and Melissa Fahn will play Gaz, Dib’s goth little sister who cares little for her brother’s obsession with Zim.
“Invader Zim” is the third such announced TV movie revival of Nickelodeon’s ‘90s and early ‘00s animated series, which include the upcoming “Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie” and the “Rocko’s Modern Life” TV special. The “Hey Arnold!” TV movie will pick up right where the original series left off and answer the question of Arnold’s missing parents. “Rocko’s Modern Life” will bring back a host of original characters while also providing a new, updated look for the show’s setting, O-Town.