A quick run-down
Michael Schneider | Sharonville, Ohio United States | 09/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As I am holding the DVD in my hand, I thought I'd provide what the specs left out....an episode listing:
- Plague of Babies
- Bloaty's Pizza Hog
- Door to Door
- FBI Warning of Doom
- Bolognius Maximus
- Game Slave 2
- Battle of the Planets
- Halloween Spectacular of Spooky Doom
- Mysterious Mysteries
- Future Dib
- HOBO 13
- Walk For Your Lives
- The Sad, Sad Tale of Chickenfoot
All Great Episodes that have excellent commentary tracks."
Worse... Or Better?
Jen | Squishy | 07/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Seeing as how quite a few of the online reviews for this particular DVD are quite hard to read, I shall provide you with brilliant (and metaphorical) insight to the wonder that is Zim.
I remember seeing the commercials for Zim on Nickelodeon and thinking that this is something worth seeing. Sadly, I didn't get around to watching it until Nanozim came out, and I was officially hooked.
I can sum up the wonder of this series in one word: screaming.
All of the voice actors and actresses in this show scream at the top of their lungs. And it's a proven fact that the public likes screaming.
With brilliant colors and quirky animation, this show is sure to keep the interest of people with the shortest attention spans. Being one of those people, I can vouch for that.
The reason I'm excited about this particular set...
Well, actually, there are several reasons:
1) Commentary on most of my favorite episodes. Please do not miss out on this! I never laughed so hard in my life. Jhonen has to be one of the funniest and most charming cartoonists on Earth right now. Please... please hit that button on your remote and listen to the freakin' commentary.
2) This brings us closer to the unaired episodes!
I've had the privilege of seeing a few of the unaired eps and I have to say, the writing is wittier, the colors are brighter, and the acting is doomier and squishier. (Those are positive adjectives, by the way).
3) High quality versions of the all the episodes that were so horribly broadcasted on cable television.
4) Extras! Extras! And more extras!
5) At such a cheap price, it feels like I'm stealing it.
I also believe that the second volume of this series starts with Plague of Babies and goes on through until it stops at walk For Your Lives. This pleases me greatly, as some of the best episodes were towards the end of the first season.
That's all I have to say about this DVD.
The volume practically sells itself.
And it wins a box of adhesive medical strips."
"The Dib pig won't see this one coming!"
Michael Amato | Belle Mead, NJ United States | 08/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ah, Invader ZIM. It's grown quite a large fanbase, and it was only a matter of time before it came on DVD. And now it is. It is a bit of a letdown, because the original cover for this set, drawn by Jhonen, was much cooler, but Nick vetoed it. So now we're stuck with this generic stock art. Anyway, this is Volume Two of the set of three, and it's got some gems on it. Since the episodes aired out of order, here's what's on this two disc set:
Plague of Babies / Bloaty's Pizza Hog*
Door to Door / FBI Warning of Doom*
Bolognius Maximus / Game Slave 2
Battle of the Planets
Halloween Spectacular of Spooky Doom
Mysterious Mysteries* / Future Dib
Hobo 13 / Walk for your Lives
Megadoomer / Lice
Abducted / The Sad, Sad Tale of Chickenfoot
(episodes with an asterisk do not have commentary)
Abducted, possibly my favorite episode, is here, where ZIM and GIR get abducted by two idiotic aliens who think he's a human. Also very great episodes are Megadoomer, Game Slave 2, and Walk for your Lives, which I believe never aired here in the US. But, we'll have plenty to see when the unaired episodes release on volume 3.
Well, all in all, if you love ZIM, you can't afford to miss this set. Even if you don't, it's worth checking out. This is a frighteningly original and hilarious and beautiful series, that definitely should have ran longer."
"I guess this is a victory for me... or something." - Dib
Z.C. | Michigan | 08/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Invader Zim has to be one of my most favorite cartoons, and there are few out there I enjoy at all. Jhonen Vasquez, known to me as the creator of the infamous "Johnny the Hommicidal Maniac" comic books, brings his twist of insane humor to this fun and hilarious cartoon series.
First, a summary of the series. A technologically advanced races of aliens, the Irken Empire, is devoted to conquering all of known space. To aid them in this task, they select a group of elite Irken soldiers, known as Invaders, to scout ahead the selected-for-conquest planets and eradicate all resistance. They are the top, the best, the most brilliant (and tallest); none of these could describe Invader Zim. He's a discrace, responsible for the failure of Operation: Impending Doom 1, nearly destroying his whole race, but despite all this he believes himself to be mighty, brilliant and a force to be reckoned with. To keep him from screwing up Operation: Impeding Doom 2, his leaders (the Almighty Tallest) send him to a "mystery planet" to keep him out of the way. Unfortunately for us, they end up picking Earth. Zim lands and begins his infiltration of the ignorant human population, disguising himself as a normal green Earth boy with a skin condition. Only Dib, a classmate and paranormal investigator, sees through his simple disguise and swears to expose Zim. Dib is not the hero of the series of course, he's just as much a screw-up as Zim.
Volume 2 of this series has some of the best episodes of the series before its unfortunate cancelation. "Battle of the Planets" reveals more details of the Irken race, the progress of Operation: Impending Doom 2, and that Dib is not alone in his pursuit of Zim and the paranormal. "Megadoomer" is hilarious, involving Zim trying to destroy Dib with a battle-mech with a faulty cloaking device (the robot turns invisible but the pilot, Zim, does not). "Game Slave 2" focuses on Dib's sister Gaz, and showcases her creepy-little-goth-girl powers. "Bolognius Maximus" is a great parody of "The Fly" (of which Vasquez is a huge fan), only instead of an insect, Dib discovers Zim is trying to turn him into bologna. This collection also includes "Halloween Spectacular of Spooky Doom", "Walk For Your Lives", and "Lice" among others.
The special features are just as worth this purchase as the episodes themselves. There is much more commentary (some episodes have two commentary tracks), which is just as hilarious as the previous volume's. Roman Dirge, creator of the "Lenore" comic books and story writer for Invader Zim, pops in for a few episode commentaries, as does Kevin Manthei, who composed most of the great soundtrack for the show.
If you liked volume 1, pick this up immediately. If you're unfamiliar with Invader Zim I would reccommend watching this one first, as the episodes here are better than most of those on volume 1."