Invader Zim is a very interesting cartoon. Originating as an idea from the mind behind Johnny The Homicidal Manic, the show aired on Nick in the early 2000’s alongside other iconic shows like Spongebob and The Fairly Odd Parents. Sadly the show faced major hurdles with the network and was canceled. It got more exposure over the years; merchandise sold well, it got re-ruins on the sister channel ‘Nicktoons Network’ (including some un-aired episodes from Season Two) and more recently got a comic that continued the story of the show.
Rumors were flying around last year that a movie is being produced for Nick, not unlike the upcoming Hey Arnold and Rocko’s Modern Life’s TV movies releasing later this year. But nothing was confirmed…until today! Zim and Gir are going to try to take over Earth in a 90-minute feature film in the future.
That’s right, we’re getting a 90-minute film from series creator Jhonen Vasquez, with original series cast members Richard Horvitz reprising his role as Zim alongside Rikke Simmons as GIR, Andy Berman as Dib, and Melissa Fahn as Gaz. We don’t know much about the plot, but it has been revealed that Zim has come up with “a new and potentially Earth-destroying plan” that may finally give Zim his due from his alien overlords.
With Nick pushing hard in producing quality shows (most evident with the recent season of Spongebob getting a huge quality boost over past seasons), they will likely offer the creators more freedom to do what they want unlike when the show originally aired. As someone who loved the show growing up, I’m overjoyed to see the little alien come back. We will keep you posted as further information releases.