Topps’ Garbage Pail Kids were, without doubt, the 80s’ coolest trading card phenomenon. Originally conceived as a sicko parody of the then-massively popular Cabbage Patch Kids dolls, they appealed to all us kids with a sense of mischief and the macabre, as well as upsetting both parents and teachers. Which obviously made them even cooler.
Last year we saw a trailer for a documentary celebrating the beloved bubblegum cards entitled 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story and now, finally, we have some release details. Indican Pictures have announced that the feature length doc will land in selected US cinemas on August 18th, with more added throughout August and September. The film will then hit both VOD and DVD on September 20th.
30 Years of Garbage is said to be “…jam-packed with interviews and stories from the original creators of the controversial and explosively-popular 1980’s card series. Grown-up kids share nostalgic memories of what it was like to be a part of an international phenomena. Superfans give us a peek at what a 30-year amassment of Garbage Pail Kids memorabilia looks like.”
The film features interviews with, among others, original GPK artists John Pound and James Warhola (nephew of Andy Warhol), Pulitzer-Prize winning graphic novel artist and writer of MAUS Art Spiegelman as well as actors from the not-great-but-fondly-remembered 1987 movie.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)