A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The movie intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Once again, Dib puts it all on the line to save the oblivious residents of Earth from certain disaster at Zim's hands, and his effort is heroic. That said, the story casts Zim in a fairly sympathetic light as it explores how he is treated poorly by his higher-ups and how the experience causes him to try just about anything to win their approval, even at the expense of innocent lives. Dib's attempts to win his father's approval go mostly unfulfilled, but there are some glimmers of hope in that area. Gross-out humor includes vomiting, many food messes, and spitting.
Positive Role Models
Despite his father's disregard for his obsession with Zim, Dib remains determined to save the planet from his nemesis's schemes. When faced with reality, though, his dad backs him up and fights alongside him. Zim uses manipulation and trickery to achieve his goals.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of flashy action and violence of the cartoon variety. Fighting features laser guns, explosions, crashes, and the obliteration of a robot army. The story's heroes are in constant peril as the planet careens toward disaster.
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No cursing, but a fair amount of name-calling like "moron," "losers," "stupid," and "disgusting." Also phrases like "I hate him" and "shut up."
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The movie follows the TV series Invader Zim.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus is a follow-up movie to the TV series Invader Zim and picks up after the evil alien's long absence from the sights of his tween human nemesis. The story involves much the same action and cartoon-style violence that the original show did -- laser blasts, explosions, crashes, and lots of other peril befalls the characters as Zim attempts to control Earth and its residents. Expect a lot of loud content as well as characters scream in fear and yell at each other, and gross-out humor of the body fluid type (vomit, snot, eye goop, etc.). Language is another concern; while there's no cursing, there is a lot of name-calling ("moron," "loser," "stupid," etc.) and words like "butt" and "hate."
Is It Any Good?
Just as the original TV series from Jhonen Vasquez was better suited to tweens and older viewers than it was to kids, so this movie follow-up continues with dark humor and action sequences. Zim is a manipulative little imp, feigning a change of heart to trick Dib and put the entire planet at risk, all to impress his dismissive higher-ups, The Tallests (Wally Wingert and Kevin McDonald). He is unfazed by the plight of others and willing to do anything to achieve his goals. While his attitude helps maintain the divisiveness between good and evil and thus helps drive the story of INVADER ZIM: ENTER THE FLORPUS, he and his plans are a little much for younger viewers.
You needn't have seen Invader Zim to understand the plot of this movie, as it gets viewers up to speed on the characters and their relationships fairly easily. It also ends on a mostly satisfying and conclusive note, so those who didn't find that to be the case with the show may like that aspect as well. Ultimately, though, Enter the Florpus will be best received by original Invader Zim fans who want one more dose of this boisterous alien antagonist's antics and his young human counterpart's attempts to thwart him.
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