Bébé's Kids is a 1992 American adult animated comedy film produced by Hyperion Studio for Paramount Pictures. Directed by Bruce W. Smith, in his directorial debut, it is based upon comedian Robin Harris' stand-up comedy act of the same name. He died two years while the film was in pre-production. He is voiced by Faizon Love in his film debut. Other voice actors include Vanessa Bell Calloway, Marques Houston, Nell Carter, and Tone Lōc, as well as Tom Everett, Rich Little, and Louie Anderson.
The film is based on a stand-up routine by Robin Harris that is shown in a brief live-action segment at the beginning of the film. The story begins with an animated version of Harris woefully recounting his troubles to a blind bartender. He traces his problems all the way back to Jamika, an attractive woman he met at a funeral.
Outside the premises, Robin approaches Jamika and asks her out. Jamika picks up her mild-mannered son, Leon, from the babysitter and invites Robin to come along with her to an amusement park named Fun World, to which Robin agrees. The next day, Jamika introduces Robin to Kahlil, LaShawn, and Pee-Wee, the neglected, truant, violent children of her absentee hedonistic friend, Bébé, for whom Jamika serves as an oblivious enabler. All six travel to Fun World, but are confronted by security before they can enter, and warned they are being watched. Upon entering the park, the kids are set loose and promptly wreak havoc. Robin's disastrous outing is further disrupted by a chance encounter with his ex-wife, Dorothea.
After going on a couple of rides with the kids, Robin and Jamika let the kids go off on their own again as they attempt to enjoy a ride through the Tunnel of Love, where Jamika commends Robin for his endurance. While Robin and Jamika spend time together on their own, Leon tries to fit in with Bébé's kids but is at first unsuccessful, although they allow him to tag along in their company. The kids then resume their trouble until they are caught by security. However, they escape and convince a bunch of other kids to spread the chaos. Meanwhile, Dorothea and her friend Vivian attempt to sabotage the growing relationship between Robin and Jamika but are thwarted by Robin.
Elsewhere, in an abandoned building, Leon and Bébé's kids are captured by animatronic robot versions of the Terminator, Abraham Lincoln, and Richard Nixon, and are put on trial. The robot "Terminator" acts as the judge who decides whether the kids are worth sending to the electric chair, while "Lincoln" acts as the kids' defense attorney with "Nixon" as the prosecutor. Leon and the kids win through a powerful rap which ensures their freedom, then celebrate their victory by stealing a pirate ship and crashing it into an ocean liner, tying up the crew and passengers, including Dorothea and Vivian.
Robin and Jamika finally leave Fun World with the kids who have destroyed the park. When a cop drives by, Robin tries to get his attention, but Bébé's kids glare at the cop threateningly and he flees, yelling, "Uh oh, those are Bébé's Kids!" (a line spoken by several other characters). Robin drops the kids off at their apartment, where he sees how they really live. Bébé, as usual, is not home and has left a note on the empty refrigerator, expecting Jamika to feed the kids. The kids, sad to see Robin go, bid him an emotional goodbye but not before he gives them his last few dollars so they could order themselves dinner. Back at the bar, Robin has a change of heart and goes back to the apartment to hang out with the kids a little while longer, despite the trouble they've caused. Later, the kids force him to take them all to Las Vegas, where the kids are recognized, and everyone runs away screaming. Pee-Wee pulls a plug out of a socket, causing a city-wide blackout.
- Weak plot: It's just about kids making trouble in an amusement park.
- Fun World is really strict.
- They even tried to take Khalil's hat just because they don't like it.
- They have way too many security cameras, even hiding in unexpected places including the trash can.
- While they have fair rules, they also have rules for little reasons.
- Some characters are unlikable, especially Khalil along with LaShawn and Pee Wee. They never get punished for their actions.
- Plot-hole: How does Khalil have a knife in his hoodie to cut his and the kids' seatbelt to escape from a ride they're trapped on?
- The infamous scene when Khalil pushes Leon onto LaShawn to kiss.
- Some clips by Robin Harris in the intro are considered filler due to wasting the theme song and animated sequences.
- Some unfunny gross-out humor.
- The kids in a pirate ship used cannons to destroy a small cruise, then they later knock down people as pretending to be pirates.
- Why would they put "Handicapped" on the admission prices?
- Bad ending: Pee-Wee pulls the plug and caused the whole city to lose light.
- There are some funny moments.
- The animation is great.
- "We don't die, we multiply."
- It was the first animated feature film to be directed by an African-American.
- Some of the soundtrack was good, especially for the theme song, "Tear It Up (On Our Worst Behavior)" by Immature.
- While Robin Harris died in pre-production, this film was still a great tribute to him.
The film received mixed reviews from critics. Bébé's Kids was nominated for an Annie Award for Best Animated Feature at the 20th Annie Awards, losing to Beauty and the Beast.