“Kids loved it. Parents hated it. That’s where we wanted to be.”
In the 1980s, a bunch of underground cartoonists parodied a popular doll with The Garbage Pail Kids, a controversial Topps trading card line that’s still going strong to this day. The upcoming documentary 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story takes a close look at the phenomenon, and we’ve got a new trailer for you today!
Indican Pictures just announced that they’ll be releasing the doc in select theaters starting August 18 and continuing throughout August and September. Later, on September 20, 30 Years of Garbage will launch nationwide via VOD and on DVD.
In the 1980′s some eclectic underground cartoonists parodied a popular doll craze. The resulting 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!
“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 shares the inside stories.”
“30 Years of Garbage also interviews actors from the 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, and 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). The film also chats with collectors of the cards, who share their nostalgic memories and collections with the world.”
Jeff Zapata and Joe Simko directed the doc.