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Invader ZIM: :  -- A short alien bent on conquering Earth poses as a human, and only one paranoid child knows his secret. Warning: Piggies may be involved in resulting insanity.

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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
30 March 2001 (USA) See more »
Plot:
A short alien bent on conquering Earth poses as a human, and only one paranoid child knows his secret. Warning: Piggies may be involved in resulting insanity. Full summary »
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Awards:
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Rest in Peace, solider... See more (151 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 42)
Andy Berman ... Dib / ... (28 episodes, 2001-2006)

Richard Steven Horvitz ... Zim / ... (27 episodes, 2001-2006)
Rosearik Rikki Simons ... GIR / ... (26 episodes, 2001-2006)
Melissa Fahn ... Gaz / ... (22 episodes, 2001-2006)
Jhonen Vasquez ... Computer / ... (21 episodes, 2001-2006)

Rodger Bumpass ... Professor Membrane / ... (18 episodes, 2001-2006)

Lucille Bliss ... Ms. Bitters / ... (15 episodes, 2001-2006)

Mo Collins ... Zita / ... (13 episodes, 2001-2006)

Wally Wingert ... Almighty Tallest Red / ... (12 episodes, 2001-2006)
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Series Directed by
Steve Ressel (27 episodes, 2001-2006)
 
Series Writing credits
Rob Hummel (18 episodes, 2001-2006)
Jhonen Vasquez (4 episodes, 2001-2006)
Eric Trueheart (2 episodes, 2002-2006)
Courtney Lilly (2 episodes, 2002)

Frank Conniff (unknown episodes)
Danielle Koenig (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Mary Harrington .... executive producer (28 episodes, 2001-2006)
Steve Ressel .... producer (27 episodes, 2001-2006)
Jhonen Vasquez .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2001-2006)

Christine Griswold .... line producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Kevin Manthei (25 episodes, 2001-2006)
 
Series Film Editing by
Robby Roberts (13 episodes, 2001-2004)
 
Series Casting by
Donna Grillo (14 episodes, 2001-2006)
 
Series Production Design by
Jhonen Vasquez (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Christian Alexander Moran .... post-production manager (28 episodes, 2001-2006)
 
Series Art Department
Chris Haynie .... color designer (26 episodes, 2001-2006)
Louie del Carmen .... storyboard supervisor (21 episodes, 2001-2006)
Ian Graham .... storyboard artist / storyboard revisionist (11 episodes, 2001-2006)
Eric Lloyd Brown .... prop designer / property designer (10 episodes, 2001-2006)

Greg Colton .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes)
Addis Haghnazarian .... color designer (unknown episodes)
Taesoo Kim .... property designer (unknown episodes)
Shawn Murray .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes)
Steve Ressel .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes)
Perry Zombolas .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Paul Menichini .... sound designer / sound effects editor (28 episodes, 2001-2006)

Devon Bowman .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
Roy Braverman .... dialogue recordist (unknown episodes)
Bill Devine .... voice recordist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Kathleen Quaife-Hodge .... special effects designer (12 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Bryan Konietzko .... story board artist (8 episodes, 2002)

Robert J. Baldwin .... CG visual effects animator (unknown episodes)
Ernest Chan .... CG visual effects animator (unknown episodes)
Cindy Mercado .... CG production assistant (unknown episodes)
David Wigforss .... CG visual effects animator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Animation Department
Ron Russell .... background painter / color designer (13 episodes, 2001-2006)
Ron Brewer .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2001)
Perry Zombolas .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2006)

Peter Ehrlich .... background color designer (unknown episodes)
Paul Finn .... animatic supervisor (unknown episodes)
John Fountain .... lead character designer (unknown episodes)
Laura Gragg .... background clean-up artist (unknown episodes)
Ted Machold .... animatic editor (unknown episodes)
SoonJin Mooney .... sheet timer (unknown episodes)
Kevin Zelch .... animatic editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Terry Berland .... original casting (28 episodes, 2001-2006)
Anna Henry .... casting coordinator (28 episodes, 2001-2006)
 
Series Editorial Department
Jason Stiff .... post production supervisor (28 episodes, 2001-2006)
Dan Aguilar .... on-line editor (4 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Music Department
Mark Tortorici .... composer: title theme (1 episode, 2006)

Jean-Paul Bondy .... composer: additional music (unknown episodes)
Scott Cochran .... scoring mixer (unknown episodes)
Jon Drukman .... composer: additional music (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Anna Henry .... production coordinator / executive assistant (28 episodes, 2001-2006)
Mathias Dougherty .... executive assistant (8 episodes, 2001)
David Brueggeman .... production intern (5 episodes, 2001)
Shannon Muir .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 2006)

Aaron Alexovich .... cleanup artist (unknown episodes)
Sandra Mohr .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Brandi Young .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Thanks
Alison Dexter .... special thanks (1 episode, 2006)
Joel Krasnove .... special thanks (1 episode, 2006)
 

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30 min (27 episodes)
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Trivia:
Jhonen's infamous "Z?" logo appears frequently in the show, as well as Fillerbunny, one of Jhonen's comic characters.See more »
Quotes:
Nik:Hey look, there's a binary system. Ever been to a binary system before?
Oog-Ah:Mmm...
Nik:Would it... would it kill you to say something?
Oog-Ah:Quiet or I'll eat your head. That enough words for you?
Nik:I... I was just making conversation...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Nicktoons MLB (2011) (VG)See more »

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86 out of 87 people found the following review useful.
Rest in Peace, solider..., 2 September 2004
Author: wolfofmoonandsun from United States

What can you say about Invader Zim? If I could, I'd just call it abso-friggin-lutley-fan-bloody-tastic and leave it at that. But I obviously can't do that or my review would be much too short.

The show was about an alien from Irk, a military planet bent on conquering the galaxy. They did this by sending out invaders to study the planets' weaknesses, softening them up for the Irken armada. Enter Zim, who single-handedly ruined the first attempt at galactic conquest by accidentally attacking the planet. He's also very short and since height determines status on Irk, this is bad for him. He "quits being banished" when he hears about Operation Impending Doom II and begs the Almighty Tallest (leaders of the planet--remember the height thing)? for a second chance. They finally send him to a "secret planet," expecting him to die and thus be out of their way for good. Zim doesn't die, but arrives on Earth, where he makes himself a very crude disguise and house. He joins the skool (I'm not kidding, that's the way it's spelled all throughout the show) hoping to learn more about the planet, and that's where he meets Dib. Dib loves paranormal things and is the only one who sees through the disguise...but of course no one believes him. From that point on, Zim tries to destroy the earth and Dib tries to capture/expose him for what he really is. This isn't a pathetic "Ash and Team Rocket" rivalry either. These guys think nothing of killing each other, especially in Zim's case. Look to episodes like "Dark Harvest," "Room with a Moose," and "Nanozim" for proof. It can get pretty dark, though still pretty appropriate for kids. My 9 year old cousin likes it fine.

There are so many good things about this show I don't know where to begin. The animation is what you'd expect from Jhonen Vasquez, and puts other cartoons I've seen to shame (*coughWildThornberriescough*). The music matches the mood of the show, from the pulsing theme to the surreal disco of the Mexico scene in "Walk of Doom." Flawless voice acting-especially with Richard Horvitz, who can turn Zim from evil to adorable in seconds, and Rikki Simons who masters Zim's idiotic robot slave, GIR. There's a lot of background behind the plot and characters. If you care to look, you can find information on the Irken's history, biology, and economy-it's really a smart show! The secondary characters are amazing too. Miss Bitters is the creepy teacher with some of the funniest lines in the show ("The lesson here is that dreams inevitably lead to hideous implosions"). Gaz is Dib's Gothic sister who plays video games nonstop. Even the people standing in the background can give you a laugh (and be sure to look for the many cameos!)

And to think that all this was canceled, probably to make room for more Spongebob and Jimmy Neutron. The way Nick slowly killed the show through budget cuts and censorship proved they don't want to entertain older viewers like they did in the old days, so in a way the whole channel died with the show.

Good-bye Zim. Thank you for the gift of laughter we can never repay.

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