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.