Fat Albert (2004)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  25 December 2004 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.3/10 from 9,025 users   Metascore: 39/100
Reviews: 90 user | 58 critic | 26 from Metacritic.com

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



(as William H. Cosby Jr. Ed.D.) ,
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Family | Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The educational adventures of a group of Afro-American inner city kids.

Stars: Bill Cosby, Gerald Edwards, Erika Scheimer
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

The fledgling romance between Nick, a playboy bachelor, and Suzanne, a divorced mother of two, is threatened by a particularly harrowing New Year's Eve. When Suzanne's work keeps her in ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Levant
Stars: Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
Like Mike (2002)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A 14-year-old orphan becomes an NBA superstar after trying on a pair of sneakers with the faded initials "M.J." inside.

Director: John Schultz
Stars: Shad Moss, Jonathan Lipnicki, Morris Chestnut
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.

Director: Steve Carr
Stars: Ice Cube, Nia Long, John C. McGinley
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Dolittle must save a forest and a bear's life.

Director: Steve Carr
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Cedric the Entertainer, Kristen Wilson
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Two men get laid off and have to become stay-at-home dads when they can't find jobs. This inspires them to open their own day-care center.

Director: Steve Carr
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Jeff Garlin, Anjelica Huston
Rebound (2005)
Comedy | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

An acclaimed college basketball coach is demoted to a junior varsity team after a public meltdown.

Director: Steve Carr
Stars: Martin Lawrence, Megan Mullally, Breckin Meyer
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

James Porter (Martin Lawrence) drives his teenage daughter Melanie (Raven Symone), from their home in Chicago to a college interview in Washington, D.C.

Director: Roger Kumble
Stars: Raven-Symoné, Martin Lawrence, Kym Whitley
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A Doctor finds out that he can understand what animals are saying. And the animals find out that he understands.

Director: Betty Thomas
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Peter Boyle, Ossie Davis
Kenan & Kel (1996–2000)
Family | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The comic misadventures of teenagers Kenan and his dimwitted buddy Kel.

Stars: Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Vanessa Baden
Garfield (2004)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Jon Arbuckle buys a second pet, a dog named Odie. However, Odie is then abducted and it is up to Jon's cat, Garfield, to find and rescue the canine.

Director: Peter Hewitt
Stars: Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Stephen Tobolowsky
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  

Seeking to offer his son the satisfying summer camp experience that eluded him as a child, the operator of a neighborhood daycare center opens his own camp, only to face financial hardship and stiff competition from a rival camp.

Director: Fred Savage
Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Lochlyn Munro, Richard Gant


Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Frazier ...
Old Weird Harold (as Aaron A. Frazier)
Dumb Donald (as Marques B. Houston)
Bill (as Keith D. Robinson)
Reggie (as Omari Grandberry)
Arthur (as J. Mack Slaughter Jr.)
Mrs. Forchick


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Hey! Hey! Hey! Christmas Day

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for momentary language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

25 December 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Albert, o Gordo  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$48,114,556 (USA) (1 April 2005)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Denise Richards filmed a cameo as a store saleswoman and was seen in the original trailer but her scene was deleted from the final cut. See more »


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 »


Bill Cosby: [after hearing a knock at his door] Oh, people wait 'til you get to the top of the stairs, then they knock. WHO IS IT?
Fat Albert: It's Fat Albert!
Bill Cosby: Yeah, right.
[Bill Cosby answers the door. Fat Albert is on his doorstep]
Fat Albert: Hello. I'm looking for Mr. Cosby. Are you his dad?
[Fat Albert holds out his hand]
Fat Albert: I'm... I'm Fat Albert.
[Bill Cosby faints and Fat Albert catches him]
Fat Albert: Whoa! Uh... Help! He...
See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »


References Silent Scope (2000) See more »


Not Gonna Drop
Written by Ali Dee, Anders Bagge and Jonas Jeberg
Performed by Mya
Produced by Bag & Jay Jay for Murlyn Music and Ali Dee for Deetown Productions
Mya performs courtesy of A&M / Interscope Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

You're like school on Saturday: no class.
6 May 2005 | by (Bookseller of the Blue Ridge) – See all my reviews

Is there an unwritten rule in Hollywood that if you choose to recreate comedy, it has to be less funny than the original so that it doesn't overpower the genuine moment of the first? I am a strong believer that there is such a rule because I fully witnessed it in the film Fat Albert. This film had so much potential that I really wanted to jump into my television and start grabbing necks a-la Homer Simpson. Frustration grew inside of me as jokes were tossed out towards the viewing audience with such disappointment that to laugh would have given the film way too much credit. The characters were flat, the story was "normal chaos that has been done in nearly every other film", and the class of the television program Fat Albert was diminished by cheap thrills and over-budgeting. Did Bill Cosby have a true writing credit to this film? It would be hard for me to believe that he seriously considered this work great, but then again, he is older and has bills to pay … so why not? While the ending tried to bring a tear to your eye, I was already crying at the utter lack of appreciation that this film carried and influenced the youth of our nation.

To say that this film was horrible would be too kind of a word, to quote a line from the film "(Fat Albert is) like school on Saturday: no class" would again, probably be giving it too much credit. From the opening credit sequence to the overly animated cartoons to the lack of animation in the characters when they became real was difficult to watch. Kenan Thompson tries really hard to empower the soul of Fat Albert, but what comes through the screen are just pathetic. He has no backbone and literally, he gives Albert this image of ignorance. Instead of being this helpful friend, Thompson's Albert has these huge glazed eyes that roll around whenever trouble begins. He just didn't seem to have that pizazz that I remember Albert having from the television programs. If Albert was a leader in the cartoon, he was not one in this film. Unless you count the fact that the other actors in this film followed his suit by also leaving their energy at home. Childish humor coupled with this sense of apathy really didn't spark this film onto the level it should have been. I kept seeing glances of this really humorous story about Fat Albert in the real world, but instead I was forced through yet another Cool World. That is how I would best describe this film, Cool World for children.

With our characters firmly not caring about their careers, we are then forced to focus on the non-existent story that apparently the writers of this film chose to not write. Instead of creating a plot with some climactic moments, our writers of this film chose to just let Fat Albert wander until something funny happened. I kept wondering to myself if this was an actual scripted film or just Thompson and Zwick allowing improv to occur anywhere and anytime. Now, if you were working with a genuine comic actor this could have worked (like Robin Williams or Will Ferrell), but with Thompson it just felt forced. Nearly every scene felt forced or overworked in this film. Spontaneity was not an element that these writers considered. This ultimately caused the jokes to be extremely flat. The humor just didn't bring the true life of Albert onto the screen. This is where I question the validity of Cosby being involved with this production. I know he was getting paid, but how much did he work? The jokes felt so old and used that I am surprised that children responded to them. Maybe it was the urban feel that Albert somehow felt comfortable in … who knows? Either way, the loose story allowed for unfizzy jokes, which ultimately lead to the demise of this picture.

Finally, I would like to say that Fat Albert (when I was growing up) was an inspiration and "every man" to us all. The group that followed him and his actions somehow always felt like a part of us. There wasn't anything that could stop Fat Albert from helping another lost soul, and somehow in this film adaptation, none of these old feels could be remembered. It wasn't as if they were trying, but this was definitely not the same Fat Albert that I grew up with. He didn't reach me like he used to, and perhaps it was the larger budget or the lack of imagination, but Albert hurt the soul in this film. I am surprised that he was able to assist Doris in her problem (this obscure problem that was never quite defined), because if I were in her shoes, I would have politely kicked this Albert to the curb. Cosby needed to reconsider his options before allowing this Albert to see the light of day.

Overall, as if you couldn't tell already, this film hurt me. As I watched this dopey picture, I couldn't help but wonder if this film was focused correctly. When it first started I had this feeling that Albert would be called to help Doris with her problem, causing him to be a secondary character (like her own Jiminie Cricket), but instead what happened is that Thompson's camera excitement stole the performance away from Doris while creating a film centered around Albert. This should not have been the case for this to be a truly inspirational film. We lost the central focus of the film, and then the story just went fuzzy. Too many hands in the honey pot with one hand wanting to be on top. It was sad, and ultimately destroyed this film.

Grade: ** out of *****

9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Ending very touching! deppimdb
Difference in Rudy cherylmcdow
The Ending - A Weird Feeling... kimandjim-1
HOW BOUT A SEQUAL juvenilethahotboy
the song at the party TheKara
What was they drinking? explosivecoconuts
Discuss Fat Albert (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: