YMMV / Bébé's Kids

  • Adaptation Displacement: Most people don't remember the original comedy sketches Robin Harris did. The film actually opens him performing his act.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: This film and its players presents the idea that attraction is something worth wading for, no matter how muddy the water, thick the moss or convoluted the goal, it also carries the message that children (while very cumbersome) are exempt from taking responsibility, bullet biting and crow eating aren't necessary as kids will be kids and when all else subsides, cheap ploys will do in a pinch. (Though considering Robin has baggage that the object of his attraction has to deal with as well, it's a two way street.)
    • It could be possible that the security guards of Fun World that were hassling Kahil in their first appearance because they might be prejudiced towards him because he is black, notice how he was only drinking from a fountain and then they started the hassling and made things worse by grabbing his hat and assuming Kahil is part of a gang despite his claims that he isn't in one. So chances are the antagonism of the Fun World Security might be fueled by racism.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The musical number in the Tunnel of Love.
    • And the whole trial of the robots. What was up with that?
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Most of Robin and Dorthea's "Yo Mama" jokes (which, of course, is the point).
    "Yo mama so old, she was there the first day of slavery!"
  • Cult Classic: The film's look, tone and (unfortunately likely) intended audience didn't do the movie any favors in it's theatrical run. On video, however, all of those things helped it eventually find an appreciative audience.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Considering how Robin and the titular children share the role as Designated Heroes (see below) and Leon, the only sympathetic character in the movie, takes a lot of shit from the titular trio, it would be pretty difficult for anyone to find a single character in the film worth rooting for.
  • Designated Hero: The kids and Robin Harris himself are some of the best examples. Robin is not a good parent at all and the kids do nothing but act rebellious and cause havoc (even property damage that they never have to pay for) but the viewer's supposed to like them! Similarly, the theme park security are Designated Villains for trying to stop them.
  • Genius Bonus: In the trial scene, animatrons of Abraham Lincoln and Richard Nixon act as the defense attorney and prosecutor respectively. Both were lawyers before they became president.
  • Jerkass Woobie: The titular kids. They're cruel, unruly troublemakers, but not without reason.
  • Memetic Mutation: For several years, "Bébé's Kids" or simply "Bébés" became a slang term in the Black community for unruly children.
  • Minority Show Ghetto: At least partially why the film bombed but eventually developed a cult following. The pickings are, sadly, still slim when it comes to animated features with non-white leads and voices. That's not to say that there aren't white fans, but they are few and far between.
  • Off-Model: Dorthea, despite wearing a rather skimpy top, is drawn with no visible bust for some odd reason.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: One of worst as well. See here. Oh, and in case you were wondering how it ends...
    • And don't ask anyone who played this game about the haunted house level..
  • Retroactive Recognition: Director Bruce W. Smith would go on to create the hugely popular and similarly revolutionary "The Proud Family," the first animated sitcom to feature an all-Black cast.
  • Uncertain Audience: It's difficult to say exactly why the movie is made for. It's based off of a routine from a comic who was not known for being family-friendly and has enough jokes that are either too vulgar or too sophisticated for children to earn a PG-13 rating, but the titular Kids get most of the screen time and are definetly part of the "kid empowerment" trend from the early '90s, not to mention the production design looked like something out of a Saturday Morning Cartoon, which turned off plenty of adults.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Really, a lot of the humor is very adult-related.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Several of the sequences, most infamously the robot trial sequence, make for some especially trippy and confusing sequences.