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SUPERBABIES: BABY GENIUSES 2

About The Production
Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 is the sequel to the hit 1999 TriStar Pictures release Baby Geniuses starring Kathleen Turner and Christopher Lloyd, whose characters secretly worked to crack the code to "baby talk,” a highly sophisticated language that allows babies to communicate their innate knowledge of the secrets of the universe. 

The story for Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 came from prolific producer Steven Paul. "It all started,” recalls Paul,” when I was a little boy and believed the infinite wisdom of the universe was actually instilled in babies. I was probably about 6 or 7 years old at the time. I always felt like I was the Peter Pan of babies.”

One day when I was in Barney's department store,” he continues, ”I saw two little babies talking to each other. It was so sweet because they didn't even know each other. They just sat there and began to converse. — going ‘dubba dubba dah' — and handing things to each other. There was no pretense between them. Nearby were all the adults, like their parents and me, trying on Armani suits. I thought to myself ‘Look how silly we are compared to them. They're probably talking about something very, very important - the infinite wisdom of the universe - and we're here putting on these silly outfits and being childish.'”

"Then I thought,” recalls the producer, "if I could just understand what they're saying. And that's when I sat down and started creating the original Baby Geniuses and I was fortunate enough to interest Bob Clark, one of my favorite directors of all time because of Porky's and A Christmas Story. We then proceeded to write about 25 drafts of the screenplay together, became very friendly and embarked on what seemed like an impossible mission to make the first film. But we did it.” 

All along, Paul had his eyes on a sequel and maybe even a series of Baby Genius films. "I believe that this is something that's going to go on for ages, with a new baby geniuses adventure at regular intervals. In the second one, I wanted to create a child that never grew up, somebody who could actually talk to both adults and babies. The concept of the original one was to enter the world of babies and see how they communicate with each other. But they can't communicate with the outside world until they're about two years old. Then they cross over and can't talk to babies. So I wanted a child that could do both. That was the idea of ‘Kahuna,' the Peter Pan of babies — the baby who never grew up, a myth that people didn't actually believe existed but had heard about, like an old baby's tale. But sure enough, he exists.”

Paul began working on the idea with his friend screenwriter Greg Poppen. "We worked on many drafts together. Finally, I wanted Bob Clark to direct the sequel and he said ‘Absolutely not. I will not embark on this crazy adventure again because it's impossible to get babies to do all the things you want them to do.' You see I wanted to go much further than the first film, to use special effects and have babies flying. I wanted them to become ‘superbabies.' Bob thought it was impossible. So, of course, he signed on to direct the picture.” 

Paul's company Crystal Sky includes an effects company called Creative Visual Effects, which was created for Baby Geniuses. "They created all the software and they're doing the same thing for Superbabies – unique things so we can turn all the babies into "super-heroes” and have them perform all these crazy stunts. I also wanted to create a place that was like a modern-day Willy Wonka land where the babies lived. For that we brought in the fantastic production designer Deren Abram.”

Paul not only assembled a hard-working crew but also handpicked an expert cast. He and director Clark set themselves an impossible task in finding the perfect villain — and then overcame it. "Bob and I sat around and tried to think of who we could get to play the villain. Bo

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