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Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus
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Promotional release poster
Directed by
  • Hae Young Jung
  • Young Kyun Park
  • Jhonen Vasquez
Produced by Joann Estoesta
Written by Jhonen Vasquez
Starring
Music by Kevin Manthei
Editing by Jonathan Sims
Studio Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Maven Animation Studio (animation services)
Distributed by Netflix
ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks
Release date(s) August 16, 2019 (2019-08-16)
Running time 71 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus (also known onscreen as Dib Membrane vs. Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus) is a 2019 American animated science-fiction comedy film written by Jhonen Vasquez. It is based on and is a continuation of the animated television series Invader Zim, which was created by Vasquez and originally aired on Nickelodeon from 2001 to 2002 and later Nicktoons in 2006. Originally created as a television film for Nickelodeon's own network, Netflix bought its distribution rights in May 2019. The film was released on Netflix on August 16, 2019, and received critical acclaim, with critics praising the animation, humor and voice performances.

Plot

When Zim and GIR suddenly reappear after a long absence a disabled Dib Membrane, who had been awaiting their return, confronts them. Zim reveals that his disappearance was part of a plan to make Dib too physically unfit to oppose him, allowing Zim to begin Phase 2 of conquering the Earth. Zim contacts the Almighty Tallest to explain Phase 2 to them, but realizes during the call he has forgotten what Phase 2 entails.

Dib trains to regain his physical fitness with his sister Gaz's help. When he recovers, Professor Membrane gives Dib a prototype device called the Membracelet, meant to harness the world's children's positive energy. However, he expresses his disappointment in Dib's belief of aliens, and Dib goes to face Zim without his father's backing. Dib finds Zim in a state of depression, unable to come up with a plan and having learned that the Tallest have no interest in him. Defeated, Zim surrenders to Dib, who decides to present Zim to the world during Membrane's keynote address.

Dib brings Zim to his father's keynote address and allows him to modify the Membracelet so he can expose Zim to the world. However, the moment Zim hijacks the livestream, Membrane disappears and Zim takes control of the stage in disguise. Dib awakens the next day to find that he and Gaz are imprisoned in their own home by Clembrane, a failed clone of their father created by Zim. Zim, having taken over Membrane's company, sells Membracelets modified with an alien technology. After ordering every child on Earth to hold hands while wearing the bracelets, Zim uses Minimoose to teleport Earth directly in the path of the Irken Armada to force the Tallest to visit him. Meanwhile, the Tallest, irritated by Zim's reappearance, callously plan to destroy him along with the Earth once they reach it.

The Earth's sudden teleportation suddenly opens a "Florpus," a rift in space-time capable of swallowing the planet and merging it with alternate realities. Zim ignores the danger and goes on his way to prepare for the arrival of the Tallest. Dib and Gaz are able to escape using a spaceship formerly belonging to Tak. They travel to Moo-Ping 10, a space prison where Professor Membrane is being held. They free him and head back to Earth. Dib expresses his desire for his father to be proud of him, and Membrane tells Dib that he is already proud of him, despite his belief in the supernatural.

Dib lands on Earth and fights Zim for control of Minimoose to stop the Florpus. Membrane, revealed to have robotic prosthetics, comes to Dib's aid shortly after. The Membranes are able to recover Minimoose after turning Clembrane on Zim, and Professor Membrane works to reverse its effects. Just as Earth is about to enter the Florpus, the Irken Armada finally arrives to destroy the planet. Earth briefly experiences a clashing of realities before Membrane at last figures out how to reset Minimoose and teleport Earth back to its original location, and the Massive flies straight into the Florpus.

Back on Earth, the Membrane family is reunited. Zim appears at their window and taunts them, claiming the real goal of Phase 2 was stealing a ceramic figurine from Dib's living room. Zim contacts the Tallest to report his success, only to see them suffering in a hellish alternate reality. Zim interprets their anguished screams as them being pleased with his work, before he is crushed by a falling dog whom GIR had earlier launched into space, whom GIR then launches again.

Voice cast

  • Richard Horvitz as Zim
  • Rosearik Rikki Simons as GIR / Bloaty
  • Andy Berman as Dib
  • Melissa Fahn as Gaz
  • Rodger Bumpass as Professor Membrane
  • Wally Wingert as Almighty Tallest Red
  • Kevin McDonald as Almighty Tallest Purple
  • Jhonen Vasquez as Clembrane / Zim's Computer / Minimoose / Schmoopsy/ Bees
  • Olivia d'Abo as Tak's Ship
  • Paul Greenberg as Weird Alien #2/ Poonchy
  • Justin Roiland as Foodio 3000 / Weird Alien #1 / Excited Audience Member
  • Eric Bauza as Bracelet Monster / Announcer / Angry Man / Boy
  • Fred Tatasciore as Peace Day Host / Comms Officer / Ham V.O. / Alien Guard / Man
  • Mo Collins as Robo-Mom
  • Michael McDonald as Robo-Dad
  • Breehn Burns as Neighbor/ Hot Dog Guy
  • Jenny Goldberg as Floopsy / Martha/Happy Lady/ Weird Alien #3/ Girl/ Gloinky

Announcement

On November 8, 2016, Harvey Beaks and Chowder creator C. H. Greenblatt was asked by a fan on Tumblr if he would work with Jhonen Vasquez on a hypothetical Invader Zim movie, and Greenblatt responded, "Jhonen IS making an Invader Zim movie for Nick. I'm not a part of it, but I'm excited." However, Jhonen initially denied this on his Twitter, most likely because he was under contract to not say anything at the time and was forced to dismiss it as a "rumor".

On April 4, 2017, over sixteen years since the series' debut and eleven years since the last "unaired" episode premiered in the United States, Nickelodeon officially announced that they had green-lit a 71-minute television film based on the series.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Jhonen explained that Nickelodeon had been asking him about doing more Invader Zim for years and that he always had to decline their offers either because he was busy working on something else or due to not being able to come to an agreement with Nickelodeon on a budget for a Invader Zim revival; but being "completely miserable" with the other things he was working on at the time, Jhonen accepted Nickelodeon's latest offer to do more Invader Zim. Nickelodeon initially wanted a new Invader Zim television series, but Jhonen suggested a six-episode miniseries instead. He soon changed his mind to a television film, since doing a film would be "infinitely less stressful".

Promotion

Three teaser trailers for the film were released in the next four days following the initial announcement.

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus had a panel at San Diego Comic-Con on July 20, 2018; during the panel, some never-before-seen production art such as backgrounds and turn-around charts for the film were revealed. A trailer put together out of unedited first take animation for the film was also shown at the panel accompanied by some original music composed for the trailer by Kevin Manthei. During the panel, Jhonen explained that he put the trailer together out of some random animated footage he had for the film that he thought looked presentable enough to show people and that most of the shots used in the trailer were going to be sent back overseas to be re-animated.

Production

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus is produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio in collaboration with animation services by Maven Animation Studio in South Korea. During the Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus panel at San Diego Comic-Con on July 20, 2018, Jhonen revealed that they had written the film in 2015 and that at the time of the panel, they were in the process of getting first take animation back from their overseas animation team, Maven Animation Studio.

Jhonen Vasquez returned as executive producer and as the voice of Zim's computer, along with Kevin Manthei as the composer, and Jenny Goldberg, who worked on the Invader Zim comic book series, is the art director for the film. Breehn Burns, the supervising producer for the film, confirmed that production on Enter the Florpus officially wrapped on January 17, 2019.

Release

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus was originally created as a television film for Nickelodeon's own network, but on May 10, 2019, Viacom president Robert Bakish revealed in a conference call that Netflix had acquired the distribution rights to the film. On July 23, 2019, Netflix released a clip of the special with the release date shown. The movie was announced to be released on August 16, 2019.

On February 1, 2019, Nickelodeon held a cast-and-crew-exclusive screening of Enter the Florpus. On July 24, 2019, the Nickelodeon Animation Studio held an exclusive pre-screening of Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus which was only accessible for ASIFA-Hollywood members. The Frida Cinema in Santa Ana, California held a free theatrical screening of Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus on August 16, 2019, to celebrate the premiere of the film. Series creator Jhonen Vasquez, art director Jenny Goldberg, and voice actors Rikki Simons and Melissa Fahn attended the screening for an exclusive Q&A.

Accolades

Year Award Category Nominee Result Source
2020 47th Annie Awards Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Richard Horvitz as Invader Zim Nominated
67th Golden Reel Awards Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Non-Theatrical Animation Long Form Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus Nominated
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