2017 is shaping up to be a great year for fans of 90s animation. Invader Zim is the latest franchise to return to the screen with a new TV movie.
Voice actors Richard Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, and Melissa Fahn will reprise their roles as Zim, GIR, Dib, and Gaz respectively.
The original series ran from 2001-2002, and remains a cult classic. At least as judged by Hot Topic t-shirt inventories. The elevator pitch was basically “Pinky and the Brain meets Ren & Stimpy.” Wannabe alien overlord Zim tries and fails to take over the world each episode, tangling with opponents like Dib the kid conspiracy theorist.
Invader Zim earned fan loyalty with its top-notch writing, art, and voice acting. Indie comics creator Jhonen Vasquez helmed the series. He was previously best known for the ultra-violent series Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, so Nickelodeon took something of a risk with him. Fortunately, Vasquez came up with a concept that allowed his dark sense of humor to shine through, while remaining “kid-friendly”.
The show won several awards, including an Emmy and an Annie. Despite that, it went off the air after just two seasons. It’s done extremely well on streaming services and DVD, and Nickelodeon has finally decided to do a proper return.
Invader Zim is actually the third Nickelodeon series to return for a TV movie. The network already has Hey Arnold and Rocko’s Modern Life reboots in production.
EW reports the new movie features a “perpetually desperate and delusional” Zim trying once again to take over the world.
Sounds like it might be just an extra-long new episode of the show, not that any fan would complain about that.
No details on when the new Invader Zim might air. It’s only just been greenlit, so we might be looking at a year or two.
In the meantime, enjoy the other Nickelodeon reboots. And DuckTales, of course.