Trivia / The Garbage Pail Kids Movie

  • Box Office Bomb: It cost about $30 million to produce, but only made $1.5 million in profits. Parental protests over the film's Vulgar Humor after it received a PG rating led to it being pulled from theaters within weeks of its release. Part of a long series of bombs for Atlantic Releasing Corporation.
  • Creator Killer: Director Rod Amateau never took helm of another major project after this film. It was also part of a massive series of flops from the film's distributor, Atlantic Releasing Corporation; the company's only commercial hit after this film was Teen Wolf Too, and even then it was critically panned. The amount of losses from this film and the company's other high-budget bombs (like 1969) caused the company to cease operations in 1989.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Mark Newgarden, the creator of the cards, revealed in an interview that Topps had no involvement in the movie. Thus, even he felt it was terrible.
      "I was sick and depressed throughout the whole thing."
    • Cast member Jim Cummings also went out of his way to join the protest against the film's theatrical release when he saw the final product, an effort that eventually saw the film pulled from theaters.
  • Dawson Casting:
  • Franchise Killer: This did NOT help the actual card collection at all. It now mostly exists as a niche collectors series.
  • Old Shame:
    • According to this article, it was this even when it was released.
    • Jim Cummings has described the film as this when asked about it at Comic Cons; this is a movie that he personally hates.
  • The Shelf of Movie Languishment: The planned Garbage Pail Kids Saturday Morning Cartoon, 13 episodes of which were actually made, was cancelled by CBS before it premiered in 1987. To compensate for this, Muppet Babies was expanded into an unprecedented 90-minute block.
  • Star-Derailing Role: Anthony Newley's already-crippled cinematic career went down the drain with this film. It had taken him nearly twenty years after the utter failure of an earlier vanity project that cost a film studio millions and had been panned as an utter flop. He never appeared in another major film for the rest of his life.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The film makes no effort to hide its 1980s setting, complete with all the bizarre fashion trends of the time.