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Encyclopedia > The Garbage Pail Kids Movie

Garbage Pail Kids is a series of humorous trading cards produced by the Topps Company. The cards were originally released in 1985 and were designed to parody the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls created by Xavier Roberts, which were immensely popular at the time. Each sticker card featured a Garbage Pail Kid character and a humorous, wordplay-rich character name. Two (and occasionally three) versions of each card were produced, with variations featuring the same artwork but different character names. Fifteen regular series were released in the United States, with variation sets released in other countries. Two large format card editions were also released, as well as a set of posters. Various trading cards A trading card (or collectible card) is a small card which is intended for trading and collecting. ... Some Topps Baseball cards The Topps Company, Inc. ... This article is about the year. ... USPS stamp depicting the Cabbage Patch Kids craze of the 1980s. ... Xavier Roberts (born 1955, Cleveland, Georgia), the inventor and maker of Cabbage Patch Kids is an American artist and businessman. ... Word play is a literary technique in which the nature of the words used themselves become part of the subject of the work. ...


The series was the brainchild of Topps consultant Art Spiegelman, who came up with the product idea after the success of his earlier creations, Garbage Candy and Wacky Packages. The concept originally began as an unreleased Wacky Packages title, but the management at Topps thought that it would be a good idea for a separate spin-off series. Spiegelman and Mark Newgarden worked together as the editors and art directors of the project, Len Brown was the manager, and the first run of the cards was drawn exclusively by artist John Pound. Following the initial success of the cards, several additional artists and writers were brought in to contribute to the series, including Jay Lynch, Tom Bunk and James Warhola, among others. Art Spiegelman (born February 15, 1948) is an American comics artist, editor and advocate for the medium of comics, best known for his Pulitzer Prize winning comic memoir, Maus. ... Wacky Packages were a series of non-sports trading cards produced by the Topps company between 1967 and 1992. ... Mark Newgarden is an American underground cartoonist. ... Jay Lynch, born January 7, 1945 in Orange, New Jersey, is an American cartoonist who played a key role in the underground comix movement with his Bijou Funnies and other titles. ... Tom Bunk is a cartoonist known for adding multiple extraneous details in his art. ... James Warhola (born March 16, 1955) is an artist and illustrator living in upstate New York. ...


The commercial success of the trading cards led to the production of a live-action movie, The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, in 1987, however the film was both a critical and commercial failure. An animated television series was also created, but it was never broadcast in the U.S. due to parental complaints (although it was briefly aired in Europe). The movie was released on DVD by MGM Home Entertainment on July 12, 2005 and the cartoon series was later also released on DVD by Paramount Home Entertainment on April 4, 2006. Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... MGM Home Entertainment is the home video and DVD distribution arm of MGM. In 1979, MGM joined forces with CBS by establishing MGM/CBS Home Video. ... Paramount Home Entertainment (formerly Paramount Home Video) is a home video company founded in 1981. ...


During the height of the Garbage Pail Kids' popularity, Topps was sued by the makers of Cabbage Patch Kids for trademark infringement. As part of the out-of-court settlement, Topps agreed to modify the appearance of the Garbage Pail Kids to remove the resemblance between the characters. Production of the cards themselves continued, however by 1988, sales had dwindled and a planned 16th series never saw production. A trademark or trade mark[1] is a distinctive sign of some kind which is used by a business to uniquely identify itself and its products and services to consumers, and to distinguish the business and its products or services from those of other businesses. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2003, Topps reintroduced Garbage Pail Kids with all-new cards, dubbed the All New Series (ANS). The new cards feature unique ID numbers that can be redeemed online at the official Garbage Pail Kids website. Visitors can build and "gross out" their own Garbage Pail Kids. The more unique ID numbers applied to the characters, the more gross they can become. As of 2006, Topps has released five All New Series. 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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Garbage Pail Kids - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (462 words)
The Garbage Pail Kids was the title of a series of trading cards produced by the Topps Company starting in 1985.
Each card contained a picture of a Garbage Pail Kid (such as the baby covered in tattoos named "Art Gallery", or the vomiting "Heavin' Steven") and came with an "a" or "b" version, each with a different name.
Garbage Pail Kids were later reintroduced, with all-new cards, in 2001.
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