In somewhat strange news, it was announced that Michael Eisner‘s production company, The Tornante Company, is developing a movie for the 1980s gross-out trading card characters, the Garbage Pail Kids. This will actually be their second movie; there was a live-action version made in 1987, and I could have used that as the top pic, but it was really off-putting. (Hence Loogie Leia, because: geek relevance!) Because it was Garbage Pail Kids IRL. So, awesome! I had no idea there was a huge call for this, but sure! Garbage Pail Kids movie!
The news from Deadline does not reveal if this is going to be another live-action movie like the original, which looked like a grotesque romp featuring a motley band of deformed doll-children who all look like versions of Chuckie (of whom I am terrified). But it will be directed by PES, who is currently making the internet rounds with his short film, Fresh Guacamole, and written by Michael Vukadinovich, who just sold his script The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto to Fox.
For those unfamiliar with the Garbage Pail Kids, they were a symbol of badassery in the late 1980s. If you were one of those kids who were trying to find a grosser, more demented answer to the wildly popular (and innocent) Cabbage Patch Kids — or torture girls who had Cabbage Patch Kids — then these were the cards you brought to school with you, which you traded during super-secret, under-the-table dealings when the teacher was writing on the blackboard. They were a direct parody of the Cabbage Patch Dolls (which actually may have taken over the world in the early 1980s) and were created in 1985 by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman. And they were weird. And disgusting. They pushed every limit, crossed every line, and they were what the cool kids who smoked cigarettes behind the school had their hands on “back in the day.” Here are some pictures:
So, we are getting another Garbage Pail Kids movie, and anyone who was in grade school in the 1980s will surely be excited … or we’ll just think, “Uhhhhh, sure! I guess I’ll go see that … on an empty stomach … Maybe!”