Documentary ’30 Years Of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story’ Coming This August

August 11, 2017

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If you are an ’80s kid you will have no problem remembering the Garbage Pail Kids. Now, a documentary is headed our way later this month that will explore the story behind those gross characters that were so near and dear to our hearts, from directors Jeff Zapata and Joe Simko.
The Garbage Pail Kids were everywhere in the 80s. You might remember the movie or the cartoon, the trading cards, the dolls, or all of the other merchandise. I’ll be honest, I had quite the collection of trading cards back in the day and to my mother’s dismay, I wore out my VHS copy of the movie.

Honestly, what kid could resist characters like Adam Bomb, Dead Ted, Nat Nerd, Nervous Rex, Sicky Vicky, Ali Gator, and One-Eyed Jack? Let’s not forget Donald Dump, the character based on Donald Trump.
From the Press Release:

West Hollywood, California (Tuesday, August 8th) – Indican Pictures is set to release the pivotal documentary on the Garbage Pail Kids. Titled 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story, this documentary revisits the artists, who made these collectibles famous. Showing a rare glimpse into the corporate culture of Topps as they launched Garbage Pail Kids through the height of the cards fame, the downfall from the legal battle with the Cabbage Patch kids and their untimely demise. The film is jam packed with interviews of over a half dozen artists. Each artist penned these counter-culture trading cards and each artist gives you the inside story of why these cards poked fun at: the collectibles’ movement, the 80’s culture of greed and gave kids a unique piece of historical fun.

This documentary interviews actors from the ‘80s film, Garbage Pail Kids the Movie (1987). Interviews take place with: Mackenzie Astin, Debbie Lee Carrington and others. It also includes interviews with Pulitzer-prize winning novelist Art Spiegelman, Pumpkinhead screenwriter Gary Gerani, comic book artists Tom Bunk and John Pound. It even includes an interview with TV producer Adam F. Goldberg (creator of the Goldbergs TV Series). Many of the artists from the original series are revisited, for their take on what made these cards so popular. The film also includes collectors, of the cards, who share their nostalgic memories and collections with the world, in this one-of-a-kind documentary. All of these people and more give their take on what made The Garbage Pail Kids so famous, such a worldwide sensation.

30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story hits theatres this summer in select cities. Indican Pictures will launch this title in several theatres, starting August 18th and continuing throughout the month of August and September. On 9/20/17, 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story will show in front of an even larger audience as the film is launched nationwide, throughout the United States. All of the release details on this artistic movement and the collectors are hosted here.

The film’s official synopsis: In the 1980′s some eclectic underground cartoonists parodied a popular doll craze (whose name cannot be spoken…). The resulting pop culture commercial trading cards/stickers tapped into an international zeitgeist that was brewing in a young generation who felt that this product spoke to the revulsion they had for the corporate junk that was being fed to them. Learn the truth behind the myth of The Garbage Pail Kids, the lawsuit that ensued and the resulting iconic status!


I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story and have all those wonderfully gross childhood memories come flooding back, much like the snot from the nose of Messy Tessie.


 The documentary features interviews from Art Spiegelman, John Pound, James Warhola, Adam F. Goldberg, Tom Bunk, Jay Lynch, Mark Newgarden, Gary Gerani, Len Brown, Mackenzie Astin, Debbie Lee Carrington, and Arturo Gil.

30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story will open in select theaters on August 18th and continuing throughout the month of August and September. On September 20, 2017 the documentary will be unleashed on VOD and DVD, from Indican Pictures. Be sure to check out the film’s website for screenings and more.

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