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Bebe's Kids1992

Bebe's Kids (1992)




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The first mainstream animated feature film directly aimed at African American audiences, Hyperion Productions' Bebe's Kids is based on a comedy routine by the late Robin Harris. Voiced by Faison Love, Harris endures a "date from hell" when he goes out with the lovely Jamika. His romantic rendezvous is ruined when he is stuck with Jamika's son-as well as Bebe's kids, three little horrors spawned from three different fathers. The worst of the batch is unhousebroken baby Peewee. The film manages within its 74 minute timeframe to skewer such topics as Hip-Hop music, urban riots and whitebread theme parks. Further proof that this is not a Disney flick was provided by the folks from the Motion Picture Production Code office, who bestowed a PG-13 rating upon the film. Bebe's Kids was released theatrically in tandem with the cartoon short Itsy Bitsy Spider, which was later spun off into a TV series.

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Jonell Green
as LaShawn
Tone Loc
as Pee Wee
Myra J.
as Dorothea
Barry Diamond
as Nuclear Father
Kerrigan Maham
as 3rd Security Guard/ Fun World Patrolman
Peter Renaday
as Announcer/ President Lincoln/ Impericon/ Tommy Toad
Susan Silo
as Ticketlady
John Witherspoon
as 1st Card Player
Chino "Fats" Williams
as 2nd Card Player
Rodney Winfield
as 3rd Card Player
George D. Wallace
as 4th Card Player
Brad Sanders
as Bartender
Bebe Drake
as Barfly
Faizon Love
as Robin Harris
Jack Lynch
as Richie
Louis Anderson
as Security Guard
Tom Everett
as 2nd Security Guard
Rich Little
as Richard Nixon
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Critic Reviews for Bebe's Kids

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Blended with broad sight gags is a pointed message about the resentment of latchkey kids who, echoing Aretha Franklin, proclaim that they don't get any "R-E-S-P-E-C-T."

March 27, 2009 | Full Review…

Packed to the gills with black comedic talent (legends like Myra J., Nell Carter, John Witherspoon, George Wallace, Reynaldo Rey and Chino Williams) and capable of inspiring political action...

September 10, 2021 | Full Review…

The hip, and hiphop, Bebe's Kids is circuslike at times, but it's a dubious family picture and not really an unalloyed delight for adults either.

May 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Rough around the edges and careless with plot, but Bebe's Kids maintains personality throughout, doing justice to the memory of Harris and his most unusual stand-up creation.

July 30, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Simpsons-like cartoon earns its PG-13.

September 30, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Uninspired animation framing an unengaging comedy concept.

April 3, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Bebe's Kids

So, a film inspired by a comedy stand-up. Too bad the stand-up couldn't be funnier. People say cult classic, I say dark day for the animated world (though with Don Bluth's animation going down the drain, you could argue animation was already in trouble). In what passes for a plot, our hapless hero Robin (Faizon Love and I have no idea what else he's been in) takes his new girlfriend Jamika (Vanessa Bell Calloway, who I hope has gone on to better things), her son and her friend's three kids out to Fun World for the day (and if that's a real theme park, that's the lamest name yet). The biggest problem with this film is that it over-exaggerates most of the main characters. The three kids aren't just bratty, they're walking reasons as to why you might not want kids of your own. They're scowling a lot, they act like they'll be punks in the future and why exactly is the baby talking? And I'm not a big fan of the "antagonist", Dorthea (Myra J), a money-grubbing bitch who wasn't needed when we already have annoying characters to throw popcorn at. And in tow, she has one of the most annoying sidekicks ever in Vivian (Nell Carter), a large woman with nothing worthwhile to contribute who's constantly eating. Ugh. I shudder at the thought of her. Odd thing is, for being a movie with a lackluster initial box office, it still got a video game. It was on the Super Nintendo and it sucked too. Don't believe me? Well, The Nostalgia Critic agrees with me. Thankfully, the movie is not too widely available. Means you won't have a chance to see it, though I wonder why you would in the first place.

David  S
David S

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Very funny. The animation is great and the jokes are funny. you really get a feel for the comedy of Robin Harris and that's a good thing.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

funny flick

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danny d

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