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Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids come to life and step out of their animated, inner-city Philadelphia world.

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The first appearance of Fat Albert. This special inspired the creation of the series "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids". The plot was based on the 'go-kart skit' from Bill Cosby's 1966 album 'Wonderfulness'.

Director: Ken Mundie
Stars: Bill Cosby, Steven Cheatham, Ernestine Wade
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An obese boy named Fat Albert and his friends Rudy, Mushmouth, Bill, Dumb Donald, Russell, and Weird Harold, pulls into trouble when they "fall" out of their TV world into the real world, where Fat Albert tries to help a young girl, Doris, make friends. However, the simple life of the group is interrupted when Fat Albert falls for Doris' older sister, Lauri, sparking his friends to worry that their leader may never want to return to his cartoon world again. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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Hey! Hey! Hey! Christmas Day


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Rated PG for momentary language | See all certifications »

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25 December 2004 (USA)  »

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Albert, o Gordo  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,021,510 (USA) (24 December 2004)

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$48,114,556 (USA) (1 April 2005)
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Pre-production began in 1993. Tracy Coley was originally cast as Fat Albert. But production stalled as no studio was interested in it. Production picked up again in 2001 and Omar Benson Miller was cast as Fat Albert. But the project stalled again. See more »

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When Bucky's pants are torn, they go to the junkyard. Doris shows up, but when the Cosby Kids try and hide Bucky's pants, you can clearly see that his pants are fine. See more »

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Dumb Donald: [in a mall] Wow, it looks like an indoor town.
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As the end credits begin, the animated Fat Albert starts to sing the title song again. Suddenly the live action Fat Albert bursts halfway through the picture, 'looking out' at the audience and picking out audience members, saying that he has to stop the movie so he can help them and telling one guy in the back getting out of his seat that he needs to stick around for the end credits. At this point the cartoon versions of the Cosby Kids finally manage to pull Albert back into their world, and the end credits continue. See more »

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Written by Phillip White and Jared Gosselin
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Whitey performs courtesy of Elliott Entertainment, Inc.
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What a disappointment this movie was ... one of the most original and brightest cartoons of it's time deserved a lot more than this poorly-written, unimaginative effort - the characters were more two-dimensional than their original cartoon counterparts!

The acting was OK, it was the script that was the real disaster - where was Fat Albert to help out with *that* particular problem ?

the 'plight' of Doris and her sister barely raised enough concern in the audience to sustain a half-hour cartoon, let alone a feature film - with the long list of issues and concerns facing adolescents these days, the producers chose the softest possible interpretation of what Fat Albert was all about - kids sticking together and helping each out when problems arise - the 'problems' facing Doris were barely worth addressing - even the problems in the cartoon-within-the-movie ('Danielle' running away and leaving school) where more pressing ...

The whole 'cartoon's come to life' scenario was pretty lame - either do a full feature cartoon or make a movie about the characters as if they were real people - combining the cartoon world with the real world just didn't work in the hands of these writers - they could barely muster a single gag in what was supposedly a light-hearted comedy ffs ...

the characters were tampered with in a most displeasing way - Rudy was robbed of his original personality to be made more 'P.C.' - the makers of the original cartoon gave Rudy a cocky, smart-ass attitude to balance out the saccharine righteousness of Fat Albert and Bill Cosby - the gang didn't need anymore 'nice guys', and there could have been a lot of fun to be had with Rudy's character had he retained his original 'edge'. Russell's non-appearance in physical form was puzzling and uneccessary ... where the hell was Mudfoot ?!? ... only the tiniest reference was made to the Brown Hornet - surely something more imaginative could have been written with such an integral and fun character ?

Fat Albert the Movie was a by-the-numbers waste of celluloid and cellulite ...


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