Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “BeBe’s Kids”

January 14, 2013 ‐ By
Source: Paramount Pictures

Source: Paramount Pictures

Last week, when I was thinking up a cute title for my skin care article, immediately Bebe’s Kids came to mind. “Here’s some lotion for your ashy ankles.” It was the line Jamika (Vanessa Bell Calloway) slung at Robin’s ex wife Dorothea (Myra J.) after the two finally confront Dorothea and her friend in the bathroom. Seeing how a couple readers responded to the title, I was reassured that Bebe’s Kids was not just my movie, it was the movie for black kids running around in the ’90’s. While it bordered on completely inappropriate for children, I know this is probably the only movie I can quote and sing…or rap, from beginning to end. But as much as love to love this movie, I did not know most of these behind the scenes secrets. So hopefully, you’ll learn something as well.

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  • Jay

    Love how Bruce Smith has made history multiple times and has helped bring characters of color to the animation world! Grew up on The Proud Family (should’ve lasted longer, that show was amazing) and love The Princess and the Frog. Never seen Bebe’s Kids (like, when and where do they show it on TV?) but I really want too. I really hope Bruce has more shows like The Proud Family and produces more movies like Bebe ‘so Kids.

    • guest

      they have it on netflix now if you have it

  • Shea Buttah

    Ya test tube baby!! My uncle use to roast me and my siblings calling us that…I loved this movie

  • RifaG

    So glad you posted this!! After your last article I definitely watched bebe’s kids and cracked up remembering how good it was and I love knowing behind the scenes info. Every time I go to any theme park or gift shop I look for my name knowing it wont be there just to honor this movie haha. Too many jokes to post!!

  • chanela

    omg i LOVED that movie!!!!

  • Vandellish

    The description of #11 is one of the best moments that I’ve ever seen on this site. The scene literally jumped off the screen and forced its viewers to imagine what they would’ve done in that situation.

    This is that very real and very sad element of too many lives in our community that upscale and/or wanna-be bourgeois people and even rappers (not real hip hoppers) and singers are too pu$$y to talk about these days.

    I enjoyed these ‘secrets’ more than any that I’ve read in a while.

  • Herm Cain

    This is a good read

  • Honut Sinti

    Bebe’s Kids is tame compared to Family Guy, American Dad, The Simpsons, anything on Adult Swim and even the Cartoon Network.

    • kierah

      Those cartoons that you named are directed towards adult audiences. As the article states, Bebe’s Kids was supposed to reach kids as well.

  • Vuer89

    Grew up on this movie. Love it

  • CarmyneRevolver

    I loved bebe’s kids. It’s still up there with the Pagemaster, Ferngully, and Rockadoodle as my favorite childhood films.

    • Miyako

      Omg, I remember Pagemaster!

    • Cambria

      Whoa, you must be me–because those were my faves as well!

  • Khufu Court #118

    We BeBe’s kids! ” We don’t die,We multiply” So funny!!

  • Ms_Sunshine9898

    My parents used to make us watch Bebe’s Kids all the time and be like y’all stop acting like a bunch of Bebe’s Kids!

  • Miyako

    I’ve always known that Faizon Love was the voice of the fat guy.

    • NessAmess

      And the cookie of the day goes too…