The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Musical, Comedy  |  22 August 1987 (USA)
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Dogdger must confront the struggles of life as he is visited by the Garbage Pail Kids and intimidated by some older bullies.



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Seven disgusting kids but nevertheless of interesting personality are being made of the green mud coming out of garbage can. Once alive their master gives them rules to obey although they think that life is funnier without following stupid regulations like no television or no candy. Naturally this will cause some conflicts. Written by Volker Boehm

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22 August 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$1,576,615 (USA)

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The garbage pail kid facial puppet heads (masks) required more detail work for facial animation prior to filming. The heads were not properly completed by the effects team because of financial reasons and the time factor related to filming. Rod Amateau, in-spite of the unfinished heads, made the film on schedule, expecting the puppet head effects animation to improve during the film schedule. See more »


During the scene where Ali Gator is riding the ATV to "The Toughest Bar On Earth", he reaches up to scratch his head, and you clearly see the separation between his arm and the "alligator arm". See more »


[last lines]
Captain Manzini: [to Dodger, as the kids leave] Perhaps it would have been safer to lock them away from the world. But as you've taught me, Dodger, you can't change the world by locking yourself away from it.
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You Can Be a Garbage Pail Kid
Performed by Jimmy Scarlett & The Dimensions
Produced and Arranged by Michael Lloyd for Mike Curb Productions
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It Hurts
16 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Everyone involved in the making of this movie, from the coke-vacuuming, muckraking scum who financed it to the gaffer's newest apprentice, is going directly to hell.

This isn't just a bad movie. It's a psychotic, surreal journey into the realm of the profoundly grotesque. The Garbage Pail Kids themselves are terrible in their deformity, with exaggerated facial features and apparent elephantitis of the cranium making them hurtful to witness. Poorly-done animatronics make them all appear as if their facial muscles have been injected with lidocaine. They have a collective IQ of approximately 58.

It's not pleasant to watch. It's not funny, it's not kitschy, it's not camp. The dialogue is pat and smarmy, the characters stupid and forgettable, and the whole slimy mess reeks of greedy bastards trying to make a fistful of money on the flavor of the week. TGPKM is another example of how depressingly low the common denominator really is...and this was BEFORE the reality TV craze.

It hurts.

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