Whenever pop culture gets banned at schools, that usually means it’s pretty cool.
That was the case for Garbage Pail Kids, a series of revoltingly cool trading cards popular thoughout the 1980s and 90s. Distributed by Topps Trading Cards and the creation of Pultizer Prize-winning Cartoonist Art Spiegelman, the Garbage Pail Kids were the flip-side of the Cabbage Patch Kids. While Cabbage Patch Kids were bland, fairly unimaginative, but hugely popular dolls, the Garbage Pail Kids were gross, funny, flatulent, deformed and downright hilarious characters that hit it big with counter-culture kids, teens and even adults. The series is still traded today and anniversary releases and new series continue to wow collectors across the nation.
Why all the set-up? Because all of this merry madness now has a documentary and it looks super fun. Indican Pictures is releasing 30 YEARS OF GARBAGE: THE GARBAGE PAIL KIDS STORY. Interviewing Actors, Writers and Artists, the doc delves deep into this one of a kind phenomenon that combined art, comedy and product, and showcases the creative minds behind it all that made it a sensation.
Directed and written by Jeff Zapata and Joe Simko, the film had a limited release this past August and hit VOD and DVD September 20th. It’s sure to get you in the mood for collecting or even ransacking your own closet in search of cards.
Put on your galoshes, pinch your nose and dive into the cool trailer below. Feel free to get stinky.