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Cartoon Memories: Invader Zim (2001-04)

Dec 03, 2017 11:05 am
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Today on 4chan's /co/, the anons were remembering Nickelodeon's Invader Zim (2001-04). This retro cartoon had a huge fan base during its day. Let's see what they think of it now...

   
Why is this show so based?
>Unique style
>Blend of 3d cgi and 2d animation (Done right, because I've seen other shows pull it off and it looks nasty)
>Dark humor and satire directly thrown in face
>Characters fucking die on screen

It does have its drops but for the time it was produced it's outstanding.
   
I remembered liking it as a kid so I went back and watched it. God it was grating. The humour has really aged poorly, considering it was mostly the word taco or muffin mentioned either as often as possible or when you thought they were done with the joke. There is some really great stuff there, great plot lines with legitimately horrifying events and implications, as well as occasionally funny stuff. I'd like an edited version where every shot with Gir is taken out.
   
Gir is annoying if you see him as a human character, once you realize that he was written to act like a dog the show becomes more bearable. Usually the strongest punchlines I find is shit Mrs. Bitters say to the children, or stuff that is too grounded or absurd. But it's usually just a single moment in a 11 minute episode. Still the overall episodes are enjoyable to an extent. But the characters become so obnoxious at times I need to take a break. Binge watching this show is a mistake.
   
there is no denying that zim is quite possibly the greatest show ever made, but dont use its use of CGI and pretend it was a good thing. Its use of bad CGI when they couldve easily have animated things like his ship and house when gir took over is one of the only main problems with this show.
   
>Skool President has a seizure and collapses on stage
>that kid who was vaporized by the arcade game at Bloaty's
>Skoodge ejected during the organic sweep on Blorch
>Skoodge again mauled along with the drill sergeant at Hobo 13
>Dib fucking dies and is resurrected as a dreadnought due to Zim's spacetime fuckery
   
For a time like early 2000 and a budget of a TV show the cgi is well done. It blends in well with the esthetic of the overall show, and I'm impressed of parts where they have both styles on screen at the same time.
Also I know /co/ for being really picky on CGI, but I can be impressed easily when myself am watching in a shitty old monitor
   
If you ignore the fanbase that obsessed over the show in 2007 amongst the boom of emo kids who were SO RANDOMZ LOL (and I really hate to admit it but I was one of those "OMG I'M RANDOM" zim fangirls back in the day) it's not terrible.

The later episodes in my opinion are better in terms of the random humor because it's less "RANDOM WORD = HUMOR" and more "What the actual fuck?" along the lines of today's random humor.

The animation is still glorious (there's like literally one moment i can think of where the 3D didn't blend well, and Jhonen and the staff even joke about it if you watch the seasons with commentary, which you should).

It was a good show that died too soon because Nickelodeon is the original channel in handling their animated shows like shit. The reboot/special/whatever it's gonna be worries me but at least the original VAs are coming back for it (Hey Arnold's special was a little distracting for me because of how different Arnold sounds, but I got over it).

the lore is great because they reveal just enough to leave you wanting more, with enough room to fill in some gaps yourself.

If they do reboot the show entirely I hope they'll do countdown to doom and more episodes on Irkens in general but who knows if Jhonen wants to be involved that long? I'm honest to god surprised he even agreed to this but I guess the success of the comics softened his hatred of his own fanbase.
   
I remember listening to one of the Q+A sessions with Jhonen from a con when I was in high school. He started off the whole thing by saying "Invader ZIM is NOT coming back and never will so please don't ask." About five minutes in someone asks "Is Invader ZIM coming back?" and there's just dead silence from Jhonen while the crowd laughs before he says "Yes! It is!" and she just cheers while everyone laughs hysterically at her.


Smutty is the author of the best-selling book, 100 Things To Do That Are More Fun Than Sticking Your Dick into a Cigarette Lighter. Abandoned by his mother days after hatching, he has a life goal of making the world feel his pain. He enjoys thrusting his tail into all kinds of interesting places.

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