Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus Review

A poster released for the new movie on Netflix


 Announced in 2018 at San Diego Comic-Con, Jhonen Vasquez creator of a long loved show called Invader Zim, made it public that he was creating a movie for the show.  Finally on August 16, 2019, the long awaited movie had finally arrived. 

Invader Zim was a cartoon on Nickelodeon airing from 2001 to 2002. The show was cut short due to many reasons like, censorship and how much the show had cost to produce episodes, (which was expensive at the time). However, Nickelodeon continued to air reruns of the show up until 2006, which is how the show got a cult following. Many fans wanted more from the show because it isn’t like anything that was airing on television, but it had been silent for many years up to the new movie Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus

The show was about an alien named Zim from the planet Irk, where he is not well liked because he is overzealous and causing trouble. He was banished to another planet called Foodcourtia, but escapes to participate in an event where he can become an Irken invader. Miraculously he becomes an invader and the “Tallest” (the Irken leaders), give Zim a special mission to conquer Earth. He accepts, and is given a robot named Gir, who isn’t bright and was originally in a trash bin. Zim heads to Earth and attends an elementary school in a “human” disguise. He meets Dib, a human boy who loves mysteries and paranormal things, who catches on to the fact that Zim is an alien that wants to enslave all humans. The series goes on through the many adventures that Zim goes through to get Earth and every attempt he makes is foiled by Dib.

The movie picks up where the series left off years ago, and it mainly follows Dib instead of Zim, as he tries to foil Zim’s master plan to destroy the Earth using a giant Florpus hole (which is worse than a blackhole). I won’t spoil too much, but I found the movie great but lacking in what the original series had. I didn’t care much for some of the redesigned characters or the desaturated color palette. It was overall a good film for a late night with some cute moments like mini moose and the sticker, or the vampire bees. Make sure to watch it on Netflix or watch the original series on Hulu.

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