After years of being off the radar, Invader Zim is returning to Earth to invade our television screens with a brand new TV movie titled Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus. Nickelodeon has now released a brand new montage-like trailer of the film fresh from San Diego Comic-Con 2018.
Enter the Florpus reunites us with the inept space invader Zim and his dim-witted robot sidekick GIR who try to blend into Earth’s civilization. In the movie, however, Zim begins to lose confidence in his accomplishments when his leaders express no desire to come to Earth, proving to be the perfect opportunity for his human arch-nemesis Dib to expose him.
Series creator Jhonen Vasquez returns to serve as the director, co-writer, and executive producer on this 66-minute television movie. Many of the original voice cast will also participate, including Richard Steven Horvitz (Zim), Rosearik Rikki Simons (GIR), Andy Berman (Dib), and Melissa Fahn (Gaz).
Invader Zim in show form first aired on Nickelodeon back in 2001 and was awarded an Annie Award, an Emmy Award, and a World Animation Celebration Award. Although the show was cancelled in 2006 due to low ratings and high production costs, the darkly-comical sci-fi animated show has since established a strong cult following, which might explain the reason behind the TV movie getting greenlit.
Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus is one part of Nickelodeon’s current trend of reviving their older properties through television movies, starting with last year’s Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie, and continuing with the upcoming Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling. Additionally, it was recently announced that Nickelodeon would be reviving their classic animated show Rugrats with 26 episodes, which also includes a questionable live-action/CGI film adaptation set for release on November 13, 2020.
No concrete release date for Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus has been set yet, although Rikki Simons suggests it will be released sometime in 2018.