New ‘Garbage Pail Kids’ Movie on the Way

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 13th, 2012 at 11:41 am,

Garbage Pail Kids Movie New Garbage Pail Kids Movie on the Way

Former Disney head honcho Michael Eisner’s The Tornante Company is set to produce and finance a new movie based on the Topps trading cards Garbage Pail Kids.

Eisner’s company bought Topps in 2007 and this is the first film to be created from Topps material since the purchase. It’s not the first time that there has been a Garbage Pail Kids movie: a feature film based on the property was released in 1987; however, that film was mauled by critics and it grossed just $661,000 on its opening weekend for a paltry $1.5 million lifetime gross.

According to Wikipedia, the premise for the Topps card series is that “Each sticker card features a Garbage Pail Kid character having some comical abnormality and/or suffering some terrible fate, and a humorous, word play-rich character name.” You can check out the trailer for the original Garbage Pail Kids movie below (it speaks for itself):

The concept of the Garbage Pail Kids was devised by cartoonists Art Spiegelman and Mark Newgarden in 1985 as an antidote to ultra-popular Cabbage Patch Kids dolls. Topps were then sued by Cabbage Patch makers Coleco for infringing on their trademark and the case was later settled out of court.

The Tornante Company’s Garbage Pail Kids movie will be written by Michael Vukadinovich, and directed by short filmmaker PES (yes that’s his name). No other details are known about the project, but it’s probably safe to assume that the film will be some sort of live action/CGI hybrid much like Alvin and the Chipmunks series.

It remains to be seen if it will be of the same..ahem..”quality” as those Chipmunks films, but if it grosses a fraction of what they did at the box office, then The Tornante Company may have a lucrative franchise on its hands.

Source: Deadline


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  1. There are no heroes left in man.

  2. And they have now officially hit the bottom of the garbage pail in Hollywood, oh no wait there is no bottom it’s a never ending abyss…….

  3. I hope Michael Eisner goes bankrupt from this movie.

  4. i just died a little inside…

    • But the Cheat is not dead!

      • Come one! That horrible painting in Strong Mad’s closet has nothing on the Garbage Pale Kid’s movie…


    The old one was bad enough.

  6. See this is while he was kicked out of Disney

  7. Whywhywhywhywhy?

  8. I remember that movie from when I was a kid. I watched it recently watched it again, I have decided that I must have been retarded or something when I was younger. What the hell are they thinking goin back to this garbage( no pun intended)

  9. I’m flying to Hollywood and I am pitching “Operation: The Movie”. Complete with obese, full frontal nudity. Tom Lennon’s book is going to make me a millionaire!

    • @acslaterson – can I come with? I have a Howard the Duck reboot in the works.

  10. I still like the cards though, gross but funny

  11. And Oscar nominated Jonah Hill will play the lead!

  12. I collected GPK way back when. Cant believe they are making another movie based on the cards. Actually cant wait to see what actually comes out? heh

  13. The original movie scared the s*** out of me
    when i was a nipper, those puppets were freakin weird.

  14. If they’re going to start making ’80s toys into movies I want another TMNT movie because that animated one sucked.

  15. Way to swing for the fences, Mike.

  16. Okay remember the cards,I was part of the whole trend. Even accepted the film back in the day. I just do not see it as a part of this generation right now. Maybe they should try doing the cards or an animation first and see how that works.

    • That seems like a safe bet actually, Animated Could work. It’s definitely not for this generation for sure. Perhaps aimed at an older crowd via Cartoon Networks Adult Swim and I could definitely see it work. It would be cheaper and this producer doesn’t risk becoming a joke…

      • true…too true

  17. Well……sh*t

  18. I barely remember the first movie I was 1 when it came out. I just remember it was weird as hell. B-list if Eisner goes bankrupt then Marvel goes bankrupt and that’s a bad thing

    • Eisner is no longer at Disney so his bankruptcy would have no affect on marvel.

  19. Ummm…ok. I’ll just be….I’ll just be over here in the corner playing with this shotgun I found.

    • lol…now that was good one.

  20. Please select one or more of the following responses.

    “Oh come on, you all know you’re going to see it.”

    “You guys like to whine about remakes but I’d like to see you make a better movie.”

    “Ideas get recycled. Deal with it.”

    “You don’t understand the financial realities of movie production. Brand recognition counts for a lot.”

    “I can’t wait to eat this big bowl of poo.”

  21. I actually watched this movie via Netflix yesterday just to see how bad it was. I had seen parts of it before but didn’t see it all the way through. It is pretty atrocious But I’ve seen worse but not by much..

  22. I think this is one of the seals mentioned in Revelations…

  23. Is Robert Rodriguez directing this? Because this is exactly the kind of crap he does.
    Shark Boy Lava Girl, Spy Kids, etc…

  24. I loved it as a kid and my kids love it now. I think it could be a great comedy if written well.

  25. SPAM:the movie. Let’s crowd-source a script. Couldn’t be any worse than this.

  26. I am surprised the cards haven’t reemerged. I wish I had all of my old cards. They are worth a lot now.