Nickolodeon has produced its share of unlikely iconic hits, but somehow Invader Zim isn’t one we would even have figured on as being in the running. Yet, here we are in 2019, and not only has it earned its place as one of the defining elements of popular culture, there’s a full length motion picture now. Making its debut today on Netflix is Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus.
Of course it turns out absolutely nobody in their universe cares one whit about the invasion the alien Zim has planned, except for Zim himself, his robot sidekick GIR, and his human rival Dib.
The Almighty Tallest are Zim’s masters, and had basically just sent Zim to Earth to get him out of their hair. They never had any intention of invading Earth, and in this new 70 minute movie, Zim finally figures this out. It’s a crisis in confidence for Zim, which gives his arch-nemesis Dib the opening he’s been waiting for.
Invader Zim was created by Jhonen Vasquez, and the original series ran from 2001 to 2002 on Nickolodean, suffering from sporadic release dates on new episodes and flagging ratings before being canceled. Some half dozen episodes were never aired, but were released on DVD in 2004. The series has since gained cult classic status. Despite its cancellation, it has been regarded as one of Nickolodean’s best shows, and has spawned successful toy lines, a convention, and a series of comic books.