In 1985, Topps Company released a series of non-sport trading cards designed to parody the immensely popular Cabbage Patch Kids dolls created by Xavier Roberts. 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, such as Adam Bomb or Bony Tony. Two versions of each card were produced, with variations featuring the same artwork but a different character name denoted by an “a” or “b” letter after the card number.
The series of disgusting, but amusing cards proved to be so popular that in 1987 a film was produced and released starring Anthony Newley, Phil Fondacaro, and Mackenzie Astin. The feature, which centered around seven disgusting kids made out of green mud coming out of a garbage can, was a colossal flop and only grossed $1,576,615.
Now former Disney Chief Michael Eisner and his The Tornante Company, which purchased the Topps trading card company back in 2007, will produce a new feature film revolving around the Garbage Pail Kids. Eisner is teaming up with short film director PES, who will helm the project. Michael Vukadinovich wrote the screenplay based on an original story by PES and Vukadinovich. No news has been released as to when the film will go into production.
PES has directed and is known for such short films as Western Spaghetti, Roof Sex, The Animation Show 4, and Fresh Guacamole.
In case you’re curious, here is a little more information on the Garbage Pail Kids’ cards:
The series was the brainchild of Topps consultant and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, who came up with the product idea after the success of his earlier creations, Garbage Candy and Wacky Packages. The concept originally began as an unreleased Wacky Packages title, but the management at Topps thought it would be a good idea for a separate spin-off series. Spiegelman and fellow cartoonist Mark Newsgarden worked together as the editors and art directors of the project, Len Brown was the manager, and the first run of the cards was drawn exclusively by artist John Pound. Following the initial success of the cards, several additional artists and writers were brought in to contribute to the series, including Jay Lynch, Tom Bunk, and James Warhola among others.
Sources: IMDb, deadline, wikipedia