When I was a kid, I had a difficult time choosing between Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. I was never much of a Disney Channel kid. Cartoon Network had a lot of good shows, but nothing quite like Invader Zim. It was like the Tim Burton of cartoons, it was dark, goofy, and just really really interesting. But Nickelodeon pulled the plug before its prime, but luckily they decided to make a new movie based on the series, as a sequel of sorts. It was originally going to come out on Nickelodeon (like the new Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling’s original destination), but once again Netflix picked this one up instead.
The movie is set not too long after the last events of the show, but enough time for Zim to have fallen off the map. His arch nemesis Dib Membrane has gone nearly crazy since Zim disappeared. His sister still thinks he’s an idiot, but his father, Professor Membrane thinks Dib might have given up “this crazy alien idea” and embraced real science instead. Dib’s going to get back into his old habits once his green alien pal starts trouble again.
Many many light years from Earth, the Almighty Tallest get a message from their most hated “soldier” Zim. They believed he was dead, but sure enough, the little green cosmic-gremlin is still kicking. Zim thinks he finally has a plan to make them happy, though they never wanted Earth, they just sent him there in a sneaky case of forced-exile.
But Zim is mostly oblivious and optimistic about his alien overlords. He has a new plan of doom that will take over the Earth. It is doom, and doom, and doom… Well he might not actually have a real plan. But knowing Zim and his buddy GIR, they can still cause havoc even when they don’t know what they’re doing. But is the Earth going to survive this “war” that Zim is summoning, or is everyone fated to perish?
Overall, I was pretty happy with this new Invader Zim, and I liked it more than the new Rocko’s Modern Life special. But I think both of these cartoons would do better with a new season, rather than short movies. Could that happen? Possibly, if Netflix sees results, hopefully they work out a deal with Nickelodeon to revive these two beloved shows for real, and not just for a limited time. Either way, I’m glad we got them.