This is a collection of cut sequences that never made it into the episodes of Invader Zim.
Originally, in order for Zim to be assigned a planet, the Tallest would have teleported him to an Irken battle arena to fight a monster resembling a dinosaur in armour called the Digestor. It was cut for time.
Impending Doom 1 Edit
Zim's rampage across Irk was longer, with the robotic assault walker breakdancing while firing lasers, but was cut for time.
Finding Human Edit
Originally, the milk carton in Dib's fridge was going to have a picture of a little girl with the words "Find Me!" under it. Nick didn't like this idea, so it was changed to the "Rob Hummel is Meat" message.
Our First Chase Edit
Dib's pursuit of Zim through the downtown area was originally longer, but cut for time.
Burritos Don't Like Me!Edit
When GIR was watching TV, the word 'diarrhea' was supposed to be brown. Nick didn't allow it, so it was changed to a dark red.
Bad Cartoons Edit
The cartoons GIR was watching were supposed to be old 40's cartoons, which included smoking, drinking, and gun shooting. Nick didn't allow it, however.
Originally, the ending had the taxi going to Mexico, with a sign saying "Welcome to Mexico." The joke was to express just how easily Zim can get lost. Nick said it was offensive to Mexicans, so it was changed to something that was even more offensive that Nick was okay with: "CARNE", which translates into "MEAT".
There was going to be a blood splatter on the wall during the "Final Test".
You Don't Like Waffles? Edit
In the original ending of this episode, Keef would have fallen off the roof and onto a power line, where he would get electrocuted. Nick saw this as an "imitatable behavior" and demanded it changed. Another idea was that Keef gets run over by a car, and spins around the tire as it drove away.
Zim's initiation ceremony was originally going to be shown, but was cut for time.
Originally, Zim was going to hypnotize two other kids. The first would have been forced to eat anti-matter, and the other would have been commanded to pinch Ms. Bitters (and heard getting slapped off-screen). Cut for time.
Originally, it was going to show Zim and GIR getting their snacks in the beginning, and flying into a Poop billboard. Cut for time.
Rugrats Copyright InfringementEdit
Tommy from The Rugrats was originally going to be one of the baby-lookalike aliens. Due to legality issues, he had been cut.
Iggins was intended to die at the end, but Nick didn't allow it. So, in the ZIM staff's tradition of mocking Nick, Iggins flies from the wreckage with super-human strength accompanied by a short guitar riff.
The children in the home where Zim first uses his virtual reality goggles were originally going to be eating cockroaches until they were changed to weenies. The roaches can still be seen scuttling around the paneling, however.
The Virtual Reality scene was originally going to involve the Irken Armada reducing New York area into ruins, with the Statue of Liberty halfway under the ocean but it was changed after 9/11. However, on this episode's first airing, it aired uncut.
Credits of DoomEdit
The credits of "Intestines of War" were originally sexually explicit. Cut for being on Nick.
Flaming wreck Edit
The wreck of the car during the panic scene was originally a flaming wreck.
During the retelling sequence, PEG was going to explode and form a mushroom cloud.
Victory Over the HogulusEdit
Zim was going to be able to lift the boulder and hit the Hogulus, only to have the unconscious beast fall on Skoodge.
Skoodge was going to have to eat his own skin to survive, but even the ZIM team found this too disturbing.
Zim's exploration of the ship was originally longer. It was cut for time, and because Vasquez wanted less action in this episode. However, the scene was fully animated and can be viewed here.
One cut moment involved fire sweeping cars away from a street.
Ms. Bitters' ValentineEdit
When Miss Bitters says, "I had a valentine once," there was a plan for a thought bubble to appear over her head where a bunch of tentacles dissolve in next to her, then is cut off as the phone rings. No one knows why it was cut.
The lost 30 minutesEdit
These lost moments entailed ZIM's 48-hour chase with the ham demon. Nick didn't want an hour-long special, though.
Skool Bus sucked in!Edit
One small cut scene involved a skool bus falling into the wrinkled Earth. Cut for time.
Jhonen hates ZATREdit
Zim originally was to kiss Tak's hand and hug her, but Vasquez forbid any romance between Zim and Tak. However, you can still see it in the Animatics on the 2004 DVDs.
The explosion was originally red and fireball-like, but was changed due to 9/11.
Iggins was supposed to die (again). Of course, Nick did not allow it.
When Red says, "You! Save the donuts!" Purple looks into the "camera" in an odd way. Originally, a donut was going to hit the "camera", leaving crumbs on the lens. Purple was going to lick the donut crumbs off the lens, but it was cut. You can still see this on the animatics on the 2004 DVDs.