Through talking to Richard Horvitz over the weekend, here are some things I didn’t know.
- Germs is one of his least favorite episodes because there was so much screaming. I’m not surprised.
- Richard actually did about half of the lines in the released pilot, even though only Billy West is credited. :O
- Back when Zim almost came back, Jhonen stated that the new Zim was going to be more character driven. :D
- It’s Richard’s personal belief that if Zim ever found out his mission were a lie, the Tallest would simply say that it wasn’t a lie, and Zim would believe them. This is due to his amazing loyalty (I don’t even think that’s the right word, but you know what I mean) to them and also his will for his mission to be real. Richard used the introduction of GIR as an example. Zim is smart. He immediately knew that GIR was a pile of trash, but as soon as the Tallest said it was advanced, all of Zim’s doubts vanished.
Canon colored designs by Aaron Alexovich for the Irken Elite that were to be shown in the episode Tak: The Hideous New Girl.
These are some references used for drawing Zim in season 1. I love to see all the details and comments made by the artists. Also, you can start to see the differences between pilot style and early season 1 style here. Thank you to Soapy Waffles for bringing these to my attention!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, INVADER ZIM!
Twelve years ago, today, Invader Zim (And Fairly Odd Parents) premiered on Nickelodeon. While Fairly Odd Parents is still in production at some form today, Zim’s original run didn’t last more than two years. But for some reason, over a decade later the fanbase is still going strong. Every day I’m amazed at how popular this show still is! Let’s keep it alive for many more years to come!
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And Bryan Konietzko, co-creator of Avatar was an art director on Invader Zim. Coincidence?
Martin “Dr. Toon” Goodman invades the mind of Jhonen Vasquez, the creator of Invader Zim, to discuss Zim, Jhonen’s ideas and inspirations, and the ups and downs of producing his first animated series.
For anyone else interested in reading this interview!