Garbage Pail Kids (TV series)
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|Garbage Pail Kids|
|Voices of||Tara Strong
|Country of origin||United States (cancelled)
|No. of episodes||13|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
Garbage Pail Kids is a Canadian cartoon series which was produced in 1987, based on the popular Garbage Pail Kids trading cards, produced and directed by Bob Hathcock and co-written and developed by Flint Dille. Due to controversial themes, it never aired in the United States. However, it did air in most countries in Europe.
The series stars the characters Split Kit, Elliot Mess, Terri Cloth, Patty Putty, and Clogged Duane as gross looking kids with abilities to help others. In the first two episodes, they have normal alter-egos, which transform into their "Garbage Pail" identities; later episodes show them exclusively in their Garbage Pail looks (it is never explained how their Garbage Pail personae became permanent).
The show also features parodies of Hollywood famous movies like the Indiana Jones series, Superman, Conan the Barbarian, King Kong, and The Fly. It also has segments between stories, such as "Garbage Pail Groaners" (jokes) and "Would We Lie To You?" (facts).
CBS ordered an entire season, and heavily promoted it in the run-up to the 1987-88 season. However, it was abruptly pulled a few days before its debut, and was replaced with an extra half hour of Muppet Babies, which was expanded to 90 minutes in order to fill the time-slot after Garbage Pail Kids was pulled from the schedule.
CBS removed the series from their schedule, following protests from Action for Children's Television, the National Coalition on Television Violence, and the Christian Leaders for Responsible Television (a part of the American Family Association). The reasons given were that the series ridiculed the handicapped, glorified violence, and served mainly as an infomercial for the cards.
Some advertisers, such as Nabisco, McDonald's and Crayola also pulled out, either due to pressure from interest groups, or the fact that a preview tape of the show was not available in time for review.
A few CBS affiliates, such as WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kansas; KOTV in Tulsa, Oklahoma and KREM-TV in Spokane, Washington, opted not to carry the program, notifying CBS of their pre-emption weeks in advance of the debut.
Despite never airing in the United States, it did air in several other countries, including Spain, Brazil, Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Israel, Italy and the Philippines.
June 7, 1988 (UK)
June 9, 1988 (UK)
June 14, 1988 (UK)
June 16, 1988 (UK)
June 21, 1988
June 23, 1988
June 28, 1988
June 30, 1988
July 5, 1988
July 7, 1988
July 12, 1988
July 14, 1988
July 19, 1988
Paramount Home Entertainment released Garbage Pail Kids: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 on April 4, 2006.
- Tara Strong - Patty Putty (ep 1-13), Still Jill (ep 3), Carly Cuts (ep 5)
- Cree Summer - Clogged Duane (ep 1-13), Trashed Tracy (ep 1), Squishy (ep 2), Plain Jane (ep 3), Heartless Hal (ep 10),
- Noam Zylberman - Split Kit (ep 1-13), Idaho Spud (ep 3), The Sturgeon General (ep 3)
- Michael Fantini - Elliot Mess (ep 1-13), Clint Hardwood (ep 2), Colonel Corn (ep 3)
- Alyson Court - Terri Cloth (episode 2-5, 7-13), Belle Button (ep 2), Lois Lamebrain (ep 7), Fay Hooray (ep 8)
- Len Carlson - Announcer (ep 1-13), Dan Rattle (ep 1 and 4)