The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987) Poster


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.
John Carl Buechler was considered to direct the film, and his version of the story was going to be a straight up horror film, in which the Garbage Pail Kids would have spawned from radioactive sludge that had found its way to a garbage can filled with broken dolls, turning them into serial killers.
Doug Walker (better known as The Nostalgia Critic) referred to this as the absolute worst film he has ever reviewed and possibly the worst he has ever seen.
The first ever movie to be based on a trading card/sticker series.
Final cinema feature of Anthony Newley.
According to the actor who played the Juice character, Anthony Newley stayed to the end of this Movie because he believed in the project.
Director Rodney Amateau's last film.
There was plans for a sequel.
A portrait visible in Manzini's shop is the painting from Troll (1986). It can be seen in the scene after the Garbage Pail Kids have had their weenie roast and are back at the shop recovering.
The picture was nominated for Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 10th Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1987.
Filmed in a Van Nuys warehouse off of/behind north of Sepulveda Blvd. during the hot summer months requiring air conditioned facilities for both (front of warehouse) production office, costume, dressing rooms, with the stage area located behind. The exterior backside/rear of the warehouse building was adapted with a street shop facade tied with the interior shop (set on stage). Anthony Newly's dressing room trailer was located opposite the warehouse back-street facade. The shop interior, and basement sets were permanent, while the motorcycle gangs' bar, fashion show were swing sets, clearing space for the other film sets constructed for the film. Other locations were within a ten mile radius of the home base warehouse stage.
Bob Jillson and Hub Braden really enjoyed working with the director/producer Rod Amateau because he "appreciated" their effort and work on his project. Purposely interjecting humorous details and touches into the sets and the set dressing, Rod always picked up on their treatments. An example was the biker bar set. After researching a West Hollywood biker bar, the top of the bar imitated the actual biker bar...dressed with a chorus line of teddy bears. The peanut barrel was a child's toy chest, a giant open top football filled with peanuts for the cast to eat and to throw. The side wall with bike parts and wheels (like a mad bike sculpture) blowing out of the wall with police boots extending over the handlebars, fenders, and wheels. Amateau went nuts with laughter having a great experience filming the scenes in the set.

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