Invader Zim, the Nickelodeon animated series that ran for two seasons in the early ’00s, will end its longtime television absence “soon-ish.” The cable network announced its intentions on Tuesday in the form of a dry press release and a far-less-dry animated teaser. In the teaser, Zim, the series’ neurotic titular alien, announces his evil intentions under the veil of darkness—and then is interrupted by his longtime robo-pal Gir.
“I like your voice!” Gir chuckles mid-video. “It’s funny!”
“I’m not BEING funny!” Zim retorts. “I’m being, you know, terrifying and spooky!”
The original voice actors for Zim and Gir, along with their human rival Dib and his aloof, annoyed sister Gaz, are all on board for the project, as is series creator and longtime cartoonist Jhonen Vasquez, Nickelodeon says. The only announced content in this new deal is a single 90-minute “TV movie” that will once again pit the aspiring paranormal investigator Dib against an alien who does a terrible job hiding his true identity from an incredibly stupid populace. (Be warned: if this movie is interrupted for normal TV commercial breaks, the runtime would be closer to 66 minutes.)
That Zim even made it on the air is pretty incredible, considering Vasquez’s most popular comics at the time, printed by Slave Labor Graphics, were Johnny The Homicidal Maniac and Squee. These books told stories about an astounding number of psychotic, nonsensical murders (complete with gallons of blood and plenty of entrails). Zim turned the dial down on Vasquez’s propensity for violence, but not on his other books’ skepticism and sarcasm—and those elements blended nicely with Vasquez’s quirky, children’s show twist on The X-Files‘ formula.
Zim hasn’t really gone anywhere, by the way; it was reborn as a comic book series, printed by Oni Press, in 2015. Its 18th issue will be out later this month. Vasquez has been involved in that series, as have other former Zim animators, particularly the talented and hilarious Aaron Alexovich (whose own comic series, Serenity Rose, is a must-read for anybody from the old SLG and Zim camps).
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