Acclaimed Director to Remake The Garbage Pail Kids Movie

Famed stop-motion animator PES will bring Art Spiegelman's monstrosities back to life.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


Many films are bad. Some are even god awful. But few make you question the very existence of God the way the 1987's The Garbage Pail Kids Movie does. Adapted from an intentionally disgusting Topps trading card series co-created by Pulitzer Prize-winning comics artist Art Spiegelman (Maus), the film told the story of a young boy who discovers seven kids, born from a garbage can, with superpowers like projectile vomiting and projectile farting. They all learned valuable lessons, and audiences learned that judging a book by its cover might not be such a bad idea after all.

Over the last 25 years it's built up something of a cult legacy, so it's unusual – but not exactly surprising – that Hollywood has decided to remake The Garbage Pail Kids. What's surprising is that they've got a fascinating choice for a filmmaker: PES, the award-winning short filmmaker behind Kaboom!, Western Spaghetti and Game Over. PES, born Adam Pesapane, is best known for his stop-motion animation work that owes more to the works of surrealist Czech filmmaker Jan Svankmeyer than The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Deadlne reports that PES has developed the story along with screenwriter Mike Vukadinovich, whose script The Three Misfortunes of Gepetto made the Hollywood Black List. We have no word on a creative direction fo the film, whether it will be live-action, stop-motion animated or even live-action stop-motion animated (like Svankmeyer's own films), but with an actual creative talent behind the production we find ourselves wondering if a new Garbage Pail Kids movie might actually be… You know, "good." And not in an ironic way.


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