Saturday, December 04, 2010

Bruce Smith Conversation-- Part II

Above, "Bebe's Kids" (1992)

And here's the second part of our interview with Mr. Smith.

TAG Interview with Bruce Smith

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You'll find the first part here.

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Anonymous said...

Wow. I'd forgotten how bad bebe's kids was. Even still, it was better than rover dangerfield (not saying much).

Anonymous said...

You may have to ask around about "how bad (it) was."

I saw it in a theater in Baldwin Hills a week after it was released, and the audience was packed.

And loving it.

Anonymous said...

Why did Bruce Smith get removed from completing this film? Anybody know?

Anonymous said...

"I saw it in a theater in Baldwin Hills a week after it was released, and the audience was packed. "

Cast and crew screenings don't count. It bombed. It didn't even find an audience on video.

But it WAS better than astroboy.

Steve Hulett said...

Actually, it had the highest per-theatre average of any released film on its opening weekend.

And it's performed on video.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 12/5 @3:31--it wasn't a cast and crew screening. It was a paying audience in a predominantly black neighborhood.

A bomb at the box office? Sure. "BK" was released just two months after the end of the LA riots in 1992. Lots of uptight folks after all that.

As far as finding an audience on video:

Pay special attention to the one star reviews.

Anonymous said...

Faaannnntastic, Steve! More, please!! I could listen to interviews like this all the time.

Anonymous said...

Bruce Smith is tremendously talented, an incredible animator, and a darn nice guy, too!

But the content of that awful clip is what bothers me (and I'm sure that's not Bruce's fault). Glorification of gansta' culture, mannerisms, and attitudes are part of the reason blacks have a 37% dropout rate in LA--higher than any other ethnic group.

If that is what young children are being exposed to, and then mimicking (as all kids do), it's no wonder the problem is as bad as it is. What an incredible disservice to the black community.

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