Cabbage Patch Kids Documentary Uncovers Dark Side of Beloved Children's Toy

Watch the shocking trailer for Billion Dollar Babies, the documentary that tells "the story you never knew" about Cabbage Patch Kids' meteoric rise in popularity.

By Brett Malec Sep 20, 2023 4:06 PMTags
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Get ready to have your childhood ruined.

NBCUniversal Syndication Studios' new documentary Billion Dollar Babies: The True Story of the Cabbage Patch Kids promises to tell "the story you never knew," uncovering the dark side behind the beloved '90s children's doll.

"Before there was Black Friday, there was the toy craze that started it all," the new trailer teases before showing vintage footage of crazed parents in toy stores screaming, "I got the doll! I got the doll!"

As one commentator notes in the teaser, "The way in which people reacted in stores, this was new," another points out, "This is a story about the worst parts of capitalism."

But did you know Cabbage Patch Kids creator Xavier Roberts actually modeled the dolls after Kentucky folk artist Martha Nelson Thomas' original creations? "This nice lady created these dolls, and then this guy comes along," famed journalist Connie Chung explains in the trailer. "He steals the idea."

2023 TV Premiere Dates

Narrated by Neil Patrick Harris, the doc features the first interview with Roberts in over 20 years.

"Doll hospitals, cabbage 'births,' a four-year legal battle over the origin of the idea and a billion-dollar toy brand that put the wheels of modern-day Black Friday shopping riots into motion," notes NBCUniversal Syndication Studios and Believe Entertainment's Sept. 20 announcement. "This is the unbelievable true story you never knew about the toy craze that started it all, the Cabbage Patch Kids."

Check out the trailer above before the film hits theaters Nov. 24 (Black Friday).

And former Cabbage Patch owners can also get involved with the documentary. As for how, fans can also submit photos of themselves with their dolls for a chance to be included during the closing credits of the film in theaters.

Speaking of the '90s, keep reading to see which of your former kid icons recently reunited at '90s Con.

Donna & David 4Ever

Tori Spelling and Brian Austin Green from Beverly Hills, 90210 reunite at 90s Con in Tampa, Fla. in September 2023.

Family Matters Reunion

Kellie Williams, Reginald VelJohnson, Jo Marie Payton reunite at 90s Con in Tampa, Fla. in September 2023.

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Reunion

Beth Broderick, Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea reunite at 90s Con in Tampa, Fla. in September 2023.

Halloweentown Reunion

Kimberly J. Brown and Daniel Kountz reunite at 90s Con in Tampa, Fla. in September 2023.

Matthew Lawrence

The actor appears at 90s Con in Tampa, Fla. in September 2023.

Backstreet's Back Again

Backstreet Boys members AJ McLean and Howie Dorough appear at 90s Con in Tampa, Fla. in September 2023.

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Reunion

Caroline Rhea, Elisa Donovan, Nate Richert, Melissa Joan Hart, Jenna Leigh Green and Beth Broderick pose for a group pic.

Charmed Reunion

Drew Fuller, Brian Krause, Dorian Gregory, Shannen Doherty, Rose McGowan and Holly Marie Combs pose together.

All That Reunion

Lori Beth Denberg, Danny Tamberelli, Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell reunite.

Beverly Hills, 90210 Reunion

Rebecca Gayheart, Ian Ziering, Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth and Jason Priestley gather for a pic.

Full House Reunion

Full House creator Jeff Franklin joins stars Scott Weinger, Dave CoulierAndrea Barber, Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin for a panel on the beloved sitcom.

All That Mini Reunion

Danny Tamberelli, Lori Beth Denberg and Kel Mitchell appear together.

Saved by the Bell Mini Reunion

Nice to see you, Preppy! Mark-Paul Gosselar and Mario Lopez appear together.

Stacey Dash

The Clueless alum arrives at 90s Con.

Danica McKellar

Wonder Years's Winnie Cooper poses on the carpet.

Vinessa Shaw

The Hocus Pocus actress is all smiles.

(E! and NBCUniversal Syndication Studios are both part of the NBCUniversal family)

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