The Fat Albert Christmas Special (1977)

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Cast overview:
Fat Albert / Mushmouth / Bill / Mudfoot Brown (voice)
Jan Crawford ...
Russell (voice)
Gerald Edwards ...
Weird Harold (voice)
Eric Suter ...
Rudy (voice)
Erika Scheimer ...
(voice) (as Erika Carroll)
Eric Greene ...
Marshall Franklin (voice)
Kim Hamilton ...
Marge Franklin / Nurse (voice)
Julius Harris ...
Mr. Tyrone (voice)
Ty Henderson ...
Ray Franklin (voice)


Fat Albert, Mushmouth, Rudy, Bill, and the Cosby kid gang are rehearsing their Christmas play in their junkyard clubhouse when suddenly Mr. Tyrone, who owned the junkyard as well as the whole east end of town, show up and threatened to have the clubhouse bulldozed to the ground. Then, a little boy, Marshall; his dad, and his very pregnant mother show up. They had car trouble and they wouldn't take them because they were poor. So Fat Albert offered to take them in while he went to go bargain with Tyrone, but that mean old grinch simply wouldn't listen. It takes Mudfoot to talk some sense into him and melt that icy old heart. Back at the clubhouse, the baby is soon born and in comes Tyrone full of Christmas spirit! Hey, hey, hey! Written by Dylan Self <>

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Bill: Russell, you're like school during summer vacation.
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Like school at 5 o'clock in the morning.
21 November 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Fat Albert and those struttin' Cosby Kids get together for what is basically a re-imagining of the birth of Christ combined with 'A Christmas Carol'.

The gang is rehearsing a Christmas performance at the junkyard clubhouse when a destitute family, Father Ray (who looks like Eriq La Salle with sideburns and a porno mustache), load-baring Mother Marge and little Marshall, come a knockin' on the door, looking for somewhere to have themselves a baby.

It looks like the clubhouse is it but doom looms on the horizon thanks to cantankerous old junkyard owner, Tyrone, the hood's resident scrooge who's keen on demolishing the trespasser's hangout.

Needless to say, Fat Albert lectures, there's plenty of bleeding heart moments, the gang get into some slapstick moments, the music pumps and it everything works out OK in the end (in the true spirit of Christmas of course), all to the stirring cacophony of canned laughter (thanks to the live audience that must've sat in the studio for months as this thing was slowly animated).

Strangely, there's no Bill Cosby wrap around segments, no Brown Hornet, no Legal Eagle and although Mudfoot makes an appearance, once again he doesn't bum any change which makes us wonder if he truly is a tramp or really an eccentric millionaire merely posing as a miserable waste of humanity.

Yeah... I'd go with some classic episodes, or at least the Easter Special but if you wanna catch up with the gang and this is all you've got to work with then give it a shot. It'll put a little hot sauce on your X-mas puddin'!

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