It's been 35 years since we last saw those cute yet disgusting looking parodies of The Cabbage Patch Kids. Yes that right, The Garbage Pail Kids took over the hearts of kids during the late 1980's. If fact, they were so popular they spawned themselves a 13 episodic cartoon from 1987-1988, a theatrical released movie in 1988 and and an almost greenlit remake in 2012. They even earned themselves a nifty lawsuit for copyright infringement from shareholders of The cabbage Patch Kids, in which they agreed to change the likeness of their characters to look a lot less like Cabbage Patch Kids and even their signature altered CPG logo. I mean what's popularity if you don't make a few enemies on the way to the top right?
But now it appears to be a new day and revival for the GPK franchise. HBO Max is teaming with Topps, Tornante and Danny McBride’s Rough House Pictures to bring the beloved 1980s trading cards to life as an animated TV series.
The project, which is currently in development at the WarnerMedia-backed streamer, is inspired by McBride and his Rough House partner David Gordon Green’s love for Garbage Pail Kids and Saturday morning cartoons. The expectation is that the animated series will be family-friendly and appeal to audiences of all ages.
McBride, Green and Josh Bycel (Hulu’s Solar Opposites) will write and co-create the HBO Max series. Tornante TV’s Noel Bright and Steven A. Cohen will exec produce alongside Rough House’s Brandon James (The Righteous Gemstones) alongside McBride, Green and Bycel. It’s yet to be determined if McBride will lend his voice to any of the characters in the potential series.
Garbage Pail Kids was created in 1985 by baseball card giant Topps, which is part of Michael Eisner’s Tornante portfolio. GPK, which counts celebrity fans including McBride and The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg, recently marked its 35th anniversary, with new cards (from Topps) coming out as recently as a few years ago. Apparently the fandom is alive and well.
Are you excited about a Garbage Pail Kid revival of any sort?