Invader Zim: Operation Doom
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Well, a compendium of highlights from a mission of doom that isn’t going quite as planned. But be warned, INVADER ZIM has come to assume control of Earth and its annoying inhabitants, and he WILL succeed. But until then, you, vile earth fiend, can watch. Watch and learn how to infiltrate the masses and, well, um…just WATCH!
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The dark music grabbed me instantly, and the bizarre art and animation grabbed me a few seconds later. It took a few minutes for the unique characters to join in. And then the surreal humor and incredible plotting. Excellent action. And then the sheer daringness of the animation styling. The main characters are ...
Zim - Alien, given a mission to conquer Earth
Gir - His not so trusty robot sidekick.
Dib - A genius human boy who is on to Zim's plan.
Gaz - Dib's sister.
Red - Zim's boss, the almighty Tallest (with Purple)
For example, one episode not on this DVD -- Zim Eats Waffles. In this minimalist cartoon, there is a hidden camera in Zim's house, and virtually the entire episode is shown from Dib's desk, who is watching the hidden camera from his computer screen. When Zim is about to announce his latest evil plan, he is interrupted by Gir serving waffles. In the commentary, the writer and director mention that they weren't sure they could pull it off (a single location cartoon), but it worked.
Virtually everything in the whole series worked, which is why is clawed its way to the top of the tv.com ratings. But don't buy the DVD quite yet -- find and watch an Invader Zim episode online. It's not difficult to find one. Within a few minutes, you should know if the show is for you or not. I just just checked that, and wound up finding "The Fry Cook What Came From All Space" -- and could not stop watching. I've seen that episode multiple times, but it grabbed me once again.
So, I'm in. I'm a huge fan of truly great shows, and this is one of them. If sufficient sales are enough to bring this show back, I'll add in my voice. Please buy this DVD.
If you're not convinced yet, but you watched an episode somewhere, go watch another episode. You'll eventually be back.
Of course, there's also the rumor that if enough of these dvds sell, Nickelodeon will consider animating new Invader Zim episodes. While there's no real evidence to back up the claim, something was said at InvaderCON this year that made me almost believe it could be true. I don't remember exactly what was said, but it was something along the lines of "Nick's watching to see how many DVDs sell" and also "they're impressed at how many fans there are". Something like that.
In my personal opinion, if you like this show, you should buy this DVD to show your support, even if you already own the others.
There's no picture on the disc itself. At first I was disappointed but it became a huge plus when I had all five of the InvaderCON guests sign it. (=
I still laugh out loud at episodes I've seen a few times, and in the same spots and different spots as the jokes reveal themselves. Its easily my favorite of the Nick cartoons, I bought one of each series that I watched daily back while raising my 2 boys and this series got me started on a quest to find every episode of Zim, and only Zim. The others while good didn't light me up like Zim does, maybe "Courage the .." came closest but Zim has me searching the web for hats, t-shirts, anything Invader Zim.
"Vote for Zim or I'll destroy you"- Zim
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