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Fat Albert (2004)

Fat Albert

Overview


Genre

Comedy

Release Date

December 25, 2004

MPAA Rating

PG

Duration

93 min.

Studio

The 20th Century Fox

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Joel Zwick

Producer

John Davis

Screenwriter

William H. Cosby, Jr., Charles Kipps

Starring

  • Kenan Thompson as Fat Albert
  • Kyla Pratt
  • William H. Cosby
  • Jr.
  • Omari Grandberry
  • Raven-Symone as Danielle
  • Jermaine Williams
  • Aaron Frazier
  • Jeremy Suarez

Story


"Hey, Hey, Hey." Bill Cosby's hugely popular character, "Fat Albert," comes to the big screen as a live action / animated, big-event feature film. The 'Fat Albert' movie is based on Cosby's stand-up comedy monologues about his childhood, centered around a group of adolescents growing up in a Philadelphia neighborhood. A generation grew up on "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids," which enjoyed one of the longest runs in Saturday morning cartoon history, airing 1972-79. "The New Fat Albert Show" ran 1979-84.

As FAT ALBERT now makes the jump to the big screen, its much beloved characters face challenges they couldn't have dreamed of as cartoon figures. By stepping out into the "real world," becoming flesh-and-blood, Fat Albert's "old-school" '50s-era sensibility makes him, and the Cosby Kids, fish out of water in today's world.

As the story opens, Fat Albert and friends are playing their favorite game, buck-buck, on their home turf : a North Philly junkyard. At the same time, in the world, a teenager named Doris is watching "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" reruns on the TV. The unhappy, lonely teen begins to cry and as her tears fall onto the remote control, Fat Albert hears Doris. The big guy with the big heart stops what he is doing and dives headlong through the TV screen - and into the real world - to help her. His friends, Rudy, Mushmouth, Bill, Bucky, Old Weird Harold and Dumb Donald, follow shortly thereafter. Fat Albert, the ultimate problem solver, is determined to help Doris even though she insists she doesn't need his assistance. But as Fat Albert slowly brings Doris out of her shell, he begins to undergo some big changes of his own. For one thing he and his friends are fading. The more time they spend in the "real world," the more their bright colored outfits fade and their old abilities change.

They need to figure out why this is happening. Even more significantly, Fat Albert has discovered love, courtesy of Doris' foster sister, a lovely high school student named Lauri. More surprises await Fat Albert and his friends in their new world, including Fat Albert meeting his "creator," Bill Cosby. But as Fat Albert deals with his new feelings and challenges - and races to complete his mission and return to his world before he fades from existence - one thing is certain : While they do their thing, they're all gonna have a good time!

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..no sense of satire or self-parody to the execution..”
by Sean Axmaker [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]
“..strange movie..”
by Kim Morgan [Reel]
“..thoroughly predictable..”
by Harper Barnes [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]