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Invader ZiM: Enter the Florpus is Better Than Chicken and Rice

The Duck doesn’t normally do movie reviews…or watch that many modern movies in general.  (I don’t even have cable anymore.  Why was I paying to watch TV with commercials anyway?)  But last Friday, something very special came to Netflix…Invader ZiM: Enter the Florpus.  Below, I’d like to indulge in a brief moment of nostalgia, followed by a little review summarizing my thoughts on this momentous occasion in human history. Continue reading Invader ZiM: Enter the Florpus is Better Than Chicken and Rice

It’s Still Ingenious

I realized recently that my post on “Invader ZiM” was woefully inadequate (as most things I do are), so I’m trying again.  Prepare to be amazed!  Or something.

            Ahem.  First off, this show is a cartoon that used to be on Nickelodeon.  It was created by Jhonen Vasquez, who makes some pretty violent comics such as “Johnny the Homicidal Maniac”, which brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “graphic novel”.  This show doesn’t have as much violence as his comics, but there’s still some.

            The show is about an incompetent alien invader named Zim, who is put on a fake mission to Earth by the Tallest, the leaders of the Irken race (who are only leaders because they’re taller than everyone else).  They sent him on this mission hoping that he’d die along the way.  In fact, they didn’t even know Earth existed.  But, luckily for Zim and unluckily for everyone else, Zim finds Earth and sets out to conquer it.

            After causing his house to sprout from the ground (with wires coming out of it that attach to the neighbor’s houses, you know, like you’d expect), he decides on a disguise to look human, though in this disguise, he is still green and has no ears or nose.  His broken SIR unit (robot), Gir, wears a green dog suit.  This is surprisingly sufficient, except that there is one human who knows what Zim really is, a large-headed kid named Dib that Zim goes to Skool with, who believes in paranormal activity, such as chupacabras and Big Feet.  Well, Dib’s very scary, gothic, gamer sister Gaz knows what Zim is, too, but she’s too busy playing Vampire Piggy Hunter to care.  (By the way, I think Zim goes to Skool to gather information.  I think.)

            Among other characters are Zim and Dib’s teacher, Ms. Bitterz, who is super old and super frightening and Professor Memrane, Dib and Gaz’s dad, who is a genius scientist that loves toast.  One episode also has Tak, another invader that has a grudge against Zim, and her SIR unit, Mimi.  Another episode has Chickenfoot and Turkeyneck.  I’ll leave you to ponder those yourself.

            The show is positively hilarious, most of the time.  In one episode, Zim gets a huge pimple that hypnotizes people when it shakes.  After Gir draws on a face, Zim adds a body and names it Pustulio and then tries to hypnotize the kids at Skool.  In another episode, he finds out that Mars is a giant spaceship, and he pilots it from the face on Mars and tries to use the planet to crush all life on Earth.  Dib manages to save the day by flying Mercury via the lesser known butt on Mercury and stopping his very stupid nemesis.  In another, Zim gets a big destructive robot that can turn invisible, but the problem is, it has no batteries, so as he rides it through the city, Gir must keep finding electrical outlets for it.  Oh, and not only that, but Zim is completely visible and appears to be floating through the air in a sitting position.  And let’s not forget the Christmas episode that includes a song that tells you to “bow down to the power of Santa” or else you’ll “be crushed by his jolly boots of doom”. This probably all sounds very stupid, but it’s actually quite funny.

            Unfortunately, the show was cancelled.  A shame, considering it was one of the few unique things on TV.  Oh well.  I’m already over it.

Tallest Duck

It’s Ingenious

Yes, it is.  “But, what ducky, what?  Tell me, what is so conspicuously ingenious.”  Well, I’m going to annoy you and take a while to say it.  Are you on the edge of your seat in suspense?  Does this compete with the most thrilling of mystery?  Or do you have an infinitesimal amount of patience left and will defenestrate yourself if I don’t just get on with it?  Very well.

            I’m talking about “Invader ZiM”, perhaps the best show ever, especially considering it is a kid show, created by Jhonen Vasquez, creator of some equally bizarre comics.  I remember what got me interested.  A commercial with a scene from the show with ZiM and Gir, talking about, was it juice?  I was immediately interested, but being quite unskilled in the art of finding-what-time-shows-are-on, and at the time, we only had those awful scrolling TV guides, I didn’t have a clue when it would be on.  And on one random visit back to that channel, something seemed very familiar.  And behold, it was the “Bestest Friend” episode of Invader ZiM, shortly after it started.  What luck!

            So I’ve been a big fan of the show ever since, and was quite overjoyed when I heard that the DVD’s were coming out.  I bought the three main sets right around when they came out (don’t know if they’ve come out with more things, though).

            So just thought I’d mention one of my favorite shows ever.  It’s very funny and very weird, and I used to be really bad at drawing the characters.  I would try everyday, but as I used to do, I gave up.  But, I’m now much better at drawing them.  I’m gonna put at least one of my Invader ZiM pictures on the blog soon, too.  Huzzah!

Invader Duck

My Favorite Notebook

I have this awesome notebook.  No, it doesn’t have magical powers.  It can’t fly, talk, or do the dishes.  It’s not even those ones with the multiplication tables inside the cover or the folders.  But, it s awesome, nonetheless.  Because it’s an Invader ZiM notebook.  It’s little and actually more like those little composition books rather than a normal notebook.  I never understood those, like when in school, the teacher wanted a composition book specifically.  Isn’t that pretty much the same as a notebook?  Why did it matter?  I still don’t know.  Composition books are annoying, all stiff at first, and you can barely open them.  Then, when you do, that thing on the spine starts to peel off.  (And teachers always got binders, folders, ad notebooks mixed up.  I never knew what they really wanted.)

            Anyway, my notebook is awesome and has Gir riding a pig on the cover and Zim on the back.  Zim’s just standing there, but who cares?  It’s Zim!  I got it over 5 years ago at a Hot Topic.  Those places were awesome, but they’re just so noisy, I can’t go in anymore.  And it’s probably silly, but I saved that Gir notebook for all these years for something special.  I couldn’t soil its pages with the usual drivel.  And then, not long ago, I started thinking of ideas for my comic and decided a comic script was quite worthy contents.  And so I’m writing my comic in my awesome Gir notebook now.  I’m glad I saved it.  When I fill it up, I’ll be sad, though.  The script will have to continue on into an uncool notebook, if it gets that long!  Oh, woe!  Why can’t more places sell awesome notebooks!  Why!

 The Duck that Likes Awesome Notebooks