Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Forgotten Toons: Garbage Pail Kids

 As I said in the teaser, this show is obscure because it never aired in North America!  It aired in many other places and has since been released on DVD though.  Why?  I'll attempt to explain...

The show was ordered by CBS in 1987, but protested against.  I guess all the moms who protested Silent Night, Deadly Night had free time.  The controversy was so great that the show was pulled before it even aired and replaced with another episode of Muppet Babies, expanding that show's time-slot to 90 minutes!

So, after all of these years, is the show good?  No.  It's terrible.  Just watch the introduction and see why.

There is no real over-arcing plot to the show.  It features random cartoon segments that are unrelated, including ironic tributes to people such as 'The Grouchy Neighbor.'  The only connective thread is a group of GPK that have super-powers and battle evil adults.  One of them can turn into water, while another one is half-Frankenstein's monster.  Why?  Who the hell knows or cares?

Avoid this show unless you are extremely and utterly curious.  You will likely be disappointed, unless you think that Ren & Stimpy is too cerebral.  Just trust me here, people.

Up next, a movie serial icon comes to the small screen in animated form.  All I can say is this: Flash...oh OH!  Stay tuned...


  1. I never saw the cartoon. Can't say I even remember it, but I did have tons of the cards. Even those overlarge ones. I remember the cards stirred up some shit, too.

  2. Yeah, the whole controversy was based on the cards. You obviously can't protest a show about its content when it never once aired.

    It definitely was not worth the hype or attention.

  3. Man, I loved Garbage Pails Kids back in the day...I think I got into them when the cards were on Series 3. I remember seeing this show listed in the TV guide at 6:00 AM on Saturdays, for like 2 months! I was so excited, I woke up at 6:00 every weekend, but it never actually aired! I was one pissed off little rugrat.


  4. I never remembered there being a cartoon either, let alone a movie until I saw it came out on DVD. Love the cards though, I will have to check out the movie and toons someday

  5. The movie is pretty bad. There's around six GP Kids seen in the film if I remember it right. I saw it in the theater and was disappointed as a kid. I'm sure I wouldn't like it now, either.

  6. http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/5300-garbage-pail-kids

    This will tell you all you need to know about the film. Trust me- it's real bad!