First Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling and now Netflix releases a new Invader Zim movie, Invader Zim: Enter The Florpus. Is Netflix in the middle of a nostalgic Nickelodeon revival? Thought Rocko’s Modern Life was often full of heartfelt moments, Invader Zim was known more for its bizarre characters and outrageous humor. Will this style of presentation still work for Invader Zim more than ten years after the show has ended?
Maniacal laughter? Diabolical plans? A wacky robot sidekick? And a Florpus Hole … thing? Alert Dib Membrane: Invader Zim is back.
First thing it’s important to realize is, this movie is funny. The comedy of the original series is back and still hold the same power to entertain as before. The over the top demeanor of Zim, the totally random antics of Gir, and the obsessive nature of Dib are still enjoyable to watch today. It’s good to know the characters still had some juice in them even after all these years.
It’s hard not to compare this film to Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling but since the releases are so close together it seems inevitable. Though Invader Zim: Enter The Florpus doesn’t have the same deeper and more powerful emotional impact as Rocko’s Modern Life there still seems to be some development worth noting. Gaz seems to be more fleshed out as a character who wishes to participate in the action more and there is even a side plot of Dib trying to earn his father’s respect which is actually quite touching. There is a lot to enjoy in this movie, to say the least.
The movie employs a bunch of different animation styles to help with the storytelling. It opens with an anime inspired visual which Dib uses to explain the backstory. Later in the film as a bizarre plot point occurs, a multitude of different styles are utilized all at once to showcase how reality itself is coming apart. It’s a method of visual storytelling which has been used before but when executed properly like in Invader Zim: Enter The Florpus, it leaves a lasting impression.
Though not as grandiose in its message as Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling, Invader Zim: Enter The Florpus is still a whole lot of fun. It’s a movie fans will want to watch multiple times to experience not only the humor but definitely the visual presentation. Even if you never saw the original show, if you are a fan of animation you owe it to yourself to check this film out. ZIM COMMANDS IT!