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Based on a comedy sketch made popular by the late stand-up comic Robin Harris, Bebe's Kids became the first animated movie to feature an all-black cast. It was released in 1992 and was directed by Bruce W. Smith, who would later create The Proud Family for Disney in 2001 (as well as work on another animated flick with a black star, namely The Princess and the Frog).The film has an animated Robin Harris take his new girlfriend, Jameeka, and her son, Leon, to an amusement park named Fun World. This would've been all well and good, but when Jameeka is asked by her friend Bebe to watch her kids for today, he's forced to take Bebe's Kids along with them, who are nothing short of obnoxious brats and basically wreak havoc through the whole park. Hilarity Ensues.Despite bombing at the box office, it has become a cult classic over time. However, it also spawned a SNES game so bad Nintendo Powerrated it the worst game it's ever reviewed, so, um, you can take that as a good or bad thing.Many of the animators of Bebe's Kids went on to do animation work on The Proud Family.
Adaptation Distillation: In the original comedy sketches, Bebe's Kids consisted of four children, this was cut down to three in the film with Leon acting as the fourth child. Also, they originally went to Walt Disney World, but got changed to Fun World for legal reasons.
Aerith and Bob: Practically everywhere. While there's characters named Robin and Leon, you also have names like Jameeka and LaShawn. This trope is discussed by Kahlil and LaShawn when they look for license plates with names:
Leon: "Found mine!
Kahlil: "How come we can't ever find our names?"
LaShawn: "Yeah, I know four girls named LaShawn. How come we don't have a license plate?"
This also applies to when they're hanging out with the other kids of fun world, disatissfied with their boring names like "Winthrop" and "Richie" and giving them "ghetto names".
LaShawn: Dang, ya'll guys got some corny names.
Almost Kiss: Robin and Jameeka early on, though it's understandable given that they just met at the beginning of the film.
Amusing Injuries: Robin injures his hand during a complicated handshake with Kahlil.
Blatant Lies: Robin's says he's good with kids. While he is good with shy, quiet types like Jameeka's son, Leon, Satisfied Street Rats like the titular Kids quickly drive him to neurosis.
Butt Monkey: Leon, who doesn't even like Bebe's Kids and is frequently picked on by them. They do bond near the film's end, though.
Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : Played straight at one point when Robin stops the kids (Save Leon who got caught in the madness) from misbehaving when they first arrive in Fun World. Otherwise, it's averted.
Intro-Only Point of View: During the opening credits, we get First Person Perspectives from each of the three kids in order; LaShawn punching out two boys when they draw LaShawn kisses boys on a school chalkboard, Kahill punching out a boy for stealing his hat, and Pee Wee driving around on his big wheel towards the supermarket to get a bottle of milk, causing a car to crash and run over someone's foot in the process.
Kangaroo Court: The kids find themselves in one with Kahlil on trial. Leon bails him out, though, by rapping about freedom.
Last Disrespects: Robin meets Jamika at a funeral, where "everyone was there, cause everyone was glad he was gone." People are seen drinking, laughing and playing dominoes, while the only one grieving was the widow.
Though cut down to "No Vibes, No Bevis, No Vibes..." in the video game. How come only Butt-head is allowed in, then?
Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Bebe's Kids are so feared throughout the neighborhood, the police can't deal with them. This is noticeable on the drive home when a police officer tries to pull over Robin for speeding, but upon seeing Bebe's Kids, he drives away in fear.
Parental Abandonment: Subverted in the case of Bebe's Kids. No mention is made whether or not Bebe's living as a single parent, widowed or divorced. It doesn't help that Bebe herself isn't seen in the film since she went downtown, leaving Jameeka to look after the kids for the day.
A throwaway line by Jameeka toward the end of the film has her stating that they SHOT their father when he tried to leave them.