Bébé’s Kids

(Directed by Bruce W. Smith)

Awards: Best Animated Feature Nominee, Annie Awards; Best Casting for Animated Voiceover, Casting Society of America

Bébé’s Kids (1992), is an animated-comedy film about a first date between Robin Harris (Faizon Love) and Jamika (Vanessa Bell Calloway).  In order to impress Jamika, Robin agrees to take her son Leon (Wayne Collins Jr.) to an amusement park. During their eventful adventure, Robin tries to become a father figure for Leon and his three rambunctious, unpredictable, and fearless friends. Directed by Bruce W. Smith and featuring colorful, creative animation and engaging acting, Bébé’s Kids was the first feature-length animated film to focus on people of color.  It is lighthearted, fun, action packed, and innovative, but it is also a landmark film that addresses serious issues of racial disparity.  The Bates Film Festival is proud to celebrate Bébé’s Kids with this 30th anniversary screening! (Written by Max McKersie ’23)

In Person: Bruce W. Smith, Director

Website: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103783/

Screens: Sat Apr 2 / 4:15pm / Nordica Theater 2