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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:
Best TV show since MST3K! 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 Vasquez asked the animators to stop putting cameos in the series after about episode 10. He felt that the cameos drew attention away from the show and that people would only watch for the cameos. Vasquez's creations (comic characters, Z?, references to his other works, etc.) still continue to appear, but no more Jhonen.See more »
Quotes:
Dib:You can't make me look! I'll just shut my eyes.
Zim:Oh, you'll open them. You have to breath sometime.
Dib:No, I - Wait... What do eyes have to do with breathing?
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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Best TV show since MST3K!, 9 July 2002
Author: Hancock_the_Superb from United States

Jhonen Vasquez - "Johnny The Homicidal Maniac", "I Feel Sick", et al - creates a superbly twisted, hilarious show that, though toned down for kids, still elicts the feel of Vasquez's comics.

I suppose you want the plot. Zim (voiced by the superb Richard Horvitz, of "Angry Beavers" and "Grim and Evil" fame) is an annoying, short Irken (an alien race) who was banished to work as a fry cook on Foodcourtia after destroying Irk in Operation Impending Doom 1. When the Almighty Tallest ("Kids In The Hall" alumni Kevin McDonald and veteran voice actor Wally Wingert) prepare for Operation Impending Doom 2 - in which the Irkens will conquer the universe - Zim comes, despite the orders of his superiors. ("You quit being banished!?!" screams one of the Tallest) They attempt to put Zim down lightly, but Zim's determined, so the Tallest send him on a "secret mission" to an unknown planet, giving him a trash-brained robot named GIR (fellow comic book artist Rosearik Rikki Simmons, who worked on "Squee!" with Vasquez, as well as "Sushi Girl" and "Reality Check"). A few months later, Zim just happens to reach Earth, where he tries to blend in as a human (wearing a pompador and contact lenses). The ignorant skool (that's how it's spelled) children fail to notice this, nor does teacher Ms. Bitters (Lucille Bliss), a vampiric, serpantine ghoul who is exceedingly cynical and angry. However, self-proclaimed paranormal investigator Dib (Andy Berman of "The Wonder Years" fame), son of the world's greatest scientist, Prof. Membrane (Roger Bumpass, who plays Squidward on "Spongebob Squarepants"), realizes that Zim's an alien, and the two develop a rivalry.

Other members of the supporting cast are just as good: Danny Cooksey ("Pepper Ann", "Tiny Toon Adventures"), Antoinette Spolar, and Vasquez himself (as "Mr. Scolex") appear as various skool children. Dib's cynical Gothic sister Gaz is brilliantly voiced by Melissa Fahn ("Digimon"). Mo Collins and McDonald, again, appear as Zim's roboparents.

Besides the superb cast and voicework, the great score and animation (beautiful cel animation mixed with equally good CGI) also make this show extremely entertaining.

Numerous others actors/actresses appear in cameos, most notably Olivia D'Abo as fellow Irken Tak in "TAK, the Hideous New Girl".

What else is there to say that hasn't already been said? Vasquez has rounded up a bunch of great cult comic book writers (him, Simmons, and Roman Dirge), a cast of veteran actors, and superb music (courtesy of Kevin Manthei), under the direction of veteran animation director Steve Ressel, make a superb combo. Oh, and don't miss the cameos of Vasquez, Ressel, Dirge, and numerous other crew members throughout.

Personal favorite episodes: "Door To Door", "TAK: The Hideous New Girl", "Mysterious Mysteries", "Bestest Friends", "The Nightmare Begins", "Battle of the Planets", and "Rise of the Zitboy". Enough said.

Ten stars.

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