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Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Alien, tween rivals match wits again over Earth's fate.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The movie intends to entertain rather than to educate.

 

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

 

Sexy Stuff
Language

No cursing, but a fair amount of name-calling like "moron," "losers," "stupid," and "disgusting." Also phrases like "I hate him" and "shut up."

 

Consumerism

The movie follows the TV series Invader Zim.

 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byhi_there111 August 30, 2019

Great and fun for kids!

It's amazing for kids to watch, the humor is great! This movie represents everything I loved as a kid about Invader Zim, I watched it with my 8-year-old so... Continue reading
Adult Written byMrH1974 September 16, 2019

Fun show to watch with the Kid's

It fun like the tv show also very action packed with no dull moments, Must watch over and over with Moderation.
Kid, 8 years old September 13, 2019

Same as original, but i like it.

This movie was great.
I really think Gaz is nicer in this movie.
See, its not like TTG.
This has the Original Creators,
Orginal Team, Orginal Writers , etc.... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byDireLight September 6, 2019

I LOVED IT

I used to love the show when i was younger, so when i found the movie, I WAS ECSTATIC. Invader Zim is the best show out there and the movie was done perfectly.

What's the story?

Much time has passed since the nefarious alien Zim (voiced by Richard Horvitz) disappeared from the radar of his former middle school classmate and lone human adversary, Dib (Andy Berman), but the latter remains obsessed with snaring the scheming invader once and for all. When Zim finally reappears to launch another phase of his plot to take over Earth, Dib unexpectedly gets drawn into the fray and becomes an unwitting accomplice. Zim hijacks one of Dib's scientist father's (Rodger Bumpass) latest inventions and uses it to adjust the planet's position in the galaxy. Unfortunately doing so opens a florpus in space, threatening Earth and everything around it with certain doom if Dib and his sister, Gaz (Melissa Fahn), can't figure out a way to stop it.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether or not Zim is a sympathetic villain. Do your feelings about him and his motives change when you see how he's treated by The Tallests? Do good motives ever excuse bad behavior? Are there any glimmers of altruism in Zim's actions?

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  • Why do you think this series has so much violence? Do you think it appeals enough to older viewers that it can afford losing the younger crowd as fans? How does this style of violence and action stack up against other shows you have seen?

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  • Who is the hero of this story? How does Dib come to rely on teamwork with Gaz and his father to thwart Zim's efforts? What accounts for his courage in doing so? Can fictional characters be positive role models?

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