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Invader ZIM - Doom Doom Doom (Vol. 1)

4.8 out of 5 stars 469 customer reviews

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Comic book artist Jhonen Vasquez's outr?© sci-fi spoof, which ran on Nicktoons at Night from March 2001 to December 2002, remains the object of a vociferous cult following. Pressure from the fans compelled Nickelodeon to resume production of "Invader Zim" twice before the show was cancelled permanently. The title character is a zealous, none-too-bright agent from the Irken Empire posing a human boy. Zim imagines he's gathering vital information for the imminent conquest of Earth; the Irken leaders actually sent him here to get rid of him. With the rather spotty assistance of Gir, his robot sidekick disguised as a dog, Zim alternately sneers at humanity and gets himself into trouble. The only person who recognizes Zim as an alien is his UFO-obsessed classmate, Dib.\n The two-disc set is loaded with extras that will delight fans of the show, including commentaries by Vasquez and several of the story and voice artists, a second "commentary" of pigs grunting, subtitles in Irken, and the original pilot for the series. The uninitiated may find "Invader Zim" suggests a cross between "Dexter's Laboratory" and "Jimmy Neutron" re-imagined by Tim Burton. The bizarre designs, over-the-top vocal performances, and bodily function jokes are not for the faint-hearted, but they're not supposed to be. (Unrated, suitable for ages 10 and older: cartoon violence, gross humor) "--Charles Solomon"

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Comic book artist Jhonen Vasquez's outré sci-fi spoof, which ran on Nicktoons at Night from March 2001 to December 2002, remains the object of a vociferous cult following. Pressure from the fans compelled Nickelodeon to resume production of Invader Zim twice before the show was cancelled permanently. The title character is a zealous, none-too-bright agent from the Irken Empire posing a human boy. Zim imagines he's gathering vital information for the imminent conquest of Earth; the Irken leaders actually sent him here to get rid of him. With the rather spotty assistance of Gir, his robot sidekick disguised as a dog, Zim alternately sneers at humanity and gets himself into trouble. The only person who recognizes Zim as an alien is his UFO-obsessed classmate, Dib.

The two-disc set is loaded with extras that will delight fans of the show, including commentaries by Vasquez and several of the story and voice artists, a second "commentary" of pigs grunting, subtitles in Irken, and the original pilot for the series. The uninitiated may find Invader Zim suggests a cross between Dexter's Laboratory and Jimmy Neutron re-imagined by Tim Burton. The bizarre designs, over-the-top vocal performances, and bodily function jokes are not for the faint-hearted, but they're not supposed to be. (Unrated, suitable for ages 10 and older: cartoon violence, gross humor) --Charles Solomon


Special Features

  • Includes the first nine episodes
  • Cast & crew commnetary
  • Fan boy commentary
  • Pig commentary
  • Animatics
  • Interviews
  • Irken subtitles
  • Original art by creator Jhonen Vasquez

Product Details

  • Actors: Andy Berman, Richard Steven Horvitz, Rosearik Rikki Simons, Melissa Fahn, Jhonen Vasquez
  • Writers: Jhonen Vasquez, Danielle Koenig, Frank Conniff
  • Producers: Christine Griswold
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Unknown), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: Finnish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Anime Works
  • DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004
  • Run Time: 225 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (469 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001LJBTE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,028 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Invader ZIM - Doom Doom Doom (Vol. 1)" on IMDb

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By A Customer on February 23, 2004
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I never thought this show would ever come out on dvd! This just makes my day.
Here's a list of episodes you can expect on this DVD:
- Unaired Pilot Episode (a half-length short starring Billy West of Futurama as Zim) - Commentary with Jhonen Vasquez (Zim Creator, Head Writer, Art Direction)
- The Nightmare Begins - Commentary with Rikki Simons (Voice Actor - Gir and Color Artist), Wally Wingert (Voice Actor) and Jhonen Vasquez
- Bestest Friend - Commentary with Rikki Simmons, Ian Graham (Storyboard Artist) and Jhonen Vasquez
- NanoZIM - Commentary with Rikki Simmons and Jhonen Vasquez
- Parent Teacher Night - Commentary with Rikki Simmons and Jhonen Vasquez
- Walk of Doom - Commentary with Rikki Simmons and Jhonen Vasquez
- Germs
- Dark Harvest - Commentary with Eric Trueheart (Writer and Various Voices) and Jhonen Vasquez
- Attack of the Saucer Morons - Commentary with Eric Trueheart, Rikki Simmons and Jhonen Vasquez
- Career Day
- Battle-Dib
- Planet Jackers - Commentary with Rikki Simmons and Jhonen Vasquez
- Rise of the Zitboy - Commentary with Eric Trueheart, Rikki Simmons and Jhonen Vasquez
- Invasion of the Idiot Dog Brain - Commentary with Rikki Simmons and Jhonen Vasquez
- Bad Bad Rubber Piggy - Surprise Commentary!
- A Room with a Moose - Commentary with Rikki Simmons and Jhonen Vasquez
- Hamstergeddon - Commentary with Eric Trueheart, Ian Graham, Rikki Simmons and Jhonen Vasquez
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Invader blood marches through my veins like giant, radioactive rubber pants! Met Zim, an arrogant and none-too-bright Irkin sent to Earth to destroy it. Well, sent by accident. The Tall Ones just wanted to get rid of Zim and shot him randomly into space.

While other Irkin Invaders are equipped with SIR's (Standard Information Retrieval Units), Zim is given an assistant put together from pieces pulled from the trash; a GIR. ("What does the `G' stand for?" GIR shrugs, "I don't know.") Ah, the stink of clean!

With GIR's help, Zim must conquer earth. He disguises himself as a human child and attends school. No one suspects him except Dib, an outcast at school with a fixation on alien invasions.

The humor is advanced for Nickelodeon, most likely the reason they finally pulled the show. Body functions and toilet humor abound, along with some great one-liners. Pure cartoon entertainment, especially for fans of Jhonen Vasquez's humor.

My one complaint would be that there are no English subtitles. For those of us who are a little hard of hearing, I like to have subtitles sometimes.

Here's a rundown of the episodes:

Disc One:

Episode One-The Nightmare Begins

On Irkin, Zim shows up late for Invader assignments and is sent away in a random direction with GIR, just to get rid of him. Zim lands on earth, and sets up his base for plotting to destroy the planet.

Episode Two-Bestest Friend

Zim discovers he won't fit in with earthlings unless he has a friend. So he tests several of the kids to find out who will be his bestest friend. The tests include absorbency, electrical conductivity, and one that involved a squirrel and a taxi, but wasn't shown. The winner is Keef!
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From the mind of Jhonen Vasquez, author of insane, twisted comics, the voice of Richard Horvitz (Billy, Dagget), and the conductor's wand of Kevin Manthei (Resident Evil), Zim, an evil green alien from the planet Irk, comes to earth in attempt to take it over and give its land to his masters so they can do something cool with it. Unfortunately for Zim, a kid named Dib is onto his plot and is willing to go to any lengths to stop him. Now Zim, his insane robot sidekick, GIR, Dib, and his sister, Gaz, are locked in mortal combat for the fate of the Earth.
This is a brilliantly set up cartoon and the bizarre humor is hiliarious. Zim has been cancelled and us fans have been dying for a DVD for years. Now it's here. ...Look up there! what a price. What on earth are you doing reading this? Support the Irken empire and buy this DVD!!!!
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What was Nickelodeon thinking? I don't mean that to sound like a criticism of Invader Zim, but of the weird decisions the network made regarding it. For one, what made them think that the dark humor of Jhonen Vasquez, creator of Johnny The Homicidal Maniac: Director's Cut, would translate into an innocent kiddie tv show? Were they thinking they could get another Ren and Stimpy out of it? Regardless, Invader Zim was created, and the Viacom folks must have been--shall we say--displeased. My guess is that the meddling began, because while the show as a whole is genius (and hence the five stars), the later episodes started showing signs of neutering: the humor was less dark, the stories not as fleshed-out. Zim was no longer the organ-stealing, genocidal, eyeball-ripping alien, but something intangibly softer (for lack of a better phrase). The Earth that he was trying to destroy was less parody and more muddled. Then came the decision to cancel the show, which likely didn't surprise any of the fans, but there are less dignified ways to end a series. TV history is virtually littered with the reruns of shows that were kept going long past their time.

I'm extraordinarily happy that Invader Zim continues to live as the cult classic it is.
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