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HBO Max to delve into ’90s fad with “Beanie Mania”

HBO Max has slated the new feature documentary Beanie Mania, about the Beanie Babies craze of the 1990s, for a December 23 premiere on the streaming service. The film traces the popularity ...
December 16, 2021

HBO Max has slated the new feature documentary Beanie Mania, about the Beanie Babies craze of the 1990s, for a December 23 premiere on the streaming service.

The film traces the popularity of Beanie Babies, the stuffed toys created by Ty Warner that inspired a collecting craze in the late ’90s. The documentary takes a nostalgic look at the children’s toy fad, which birthed an unprecedented investment bubble and a frenzy of greed. The hype even escalated into an incident in 1999 a man shot and killed a security guard in Elkins, West Virginia, allegedly over a Bean Baby-related debt.

The documentary features interviews with passionate collectors, notable influencers and insiders from Beanie Babies manufacturer Ty Inc.

Beanie Mania is directed by Yemisi Brookes (Untold Stories of Hip Hop). Executive producers are Angie Day, Sunshine Jackson, Matt Robins, Gillian Pachter and Tom Fulford.

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