Fat Albert

Fat Albert

3.8 8
Director: Joel Zwick

Cast: Joel Zwick, Kenan Thompson, Kyla Pratt, Shedrack Anderson III

     
 
Bill Cosby's gang of childhood pals evolve from standup comedy to an animated cartoon series to real life in this family-friendly comedy. Doris (Kyla Pratt) is a teenager who doesn't fit in with most of her classmates at school, has been depressed since the death of her grandfather, and is disturbed by her foster sister's willingness to remake herself in order to be

Overview

Bill Cosby's gang of childhood pals evolve from standup comedy to an animated cartoon series to real life in this family-friendly comedy. Doris (Kyla Pratt) is a teenager who doesn't fit in with most of her classmates at school, has been depressed since the death of her grandfather, and is disturbed by her foster sister's willingness to remake herself in order to be popular. One of Doris' few solaces comes from watching reruns of the animated television series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, and one day while watching the show she starts to cry, with a tear dropping into her remote. The tear draws big-hearted (and just plain big) Fat Albert (Kenan Thompson) from the animated universe into Doris' real world in hopes of cheering her up and helping her deal with her problems. As Fat Albert and his pals -- Rudy (Shedrack Anderson III), Bucky (Alphonso McAuley), Mushmouth (Jermaine Williams), Weird Harold (Aaron A. Frazier), Dumb Donald (Marques B. Houston), and Bill (Keith D. Robinson) -- adapt to the three-dimensional world and try to teach Doris to believe in herself, they learn that traveling back to the animated world is harder than they thought, which becomes alarming when they start to fade away. The real world also poses some new dilemmas for Fat Albert when he falls in love with Doris' foster sister, Lauri (Dania Ramirez). Bill Cosby co-authored the screenplay for Fat Albert, using his full name, William H. Cosby Jr., and collaborating with Charles Kipps; the project was begun with Forest Whitaker as director, who left midway through shooting, with Joel Zwick taking over in his place.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Upon first inspection, Fat Albert is just the latest film to dust off an old TV show and nakedly capitalize on its status as a known commodity, regardless of whether there's a timeliness or public hunger for it. Many things about Fat Albert can be dismissed on this superficial level, and probably should be. But as it becomes clear that the film is a eulogy for Albert Robertson, Bill Cosby's childhood friend and source of inspiration for the character, it achieves more poignancy than your typical vanilla family comedy. Borrowing the basic fish-out-of-water structure from The Brady Bunch Movie, the film proceeds through a series of G-rated episodes in which the characters learn essential truths about themselves and spread good vibes. Fat Albert walks that fine line between embracing the old character stereotypes, quite backward by today's standards, and exploding them. Especially with the character of Mushmouth, who shrugs off his pre-Ebonics babble in favor of proper English, the film sends the message that cartoon characters are caricatures, while real people should never be subjected to the same prejudices. To call Fat Albert a "message movie" is obviously too generous, but to harp on its shortcomings would seem too particular. It's sweet, but it's not nearly hip enough to hold any value for fans of the original show. The actors, led by Kenan Thompson, don't stand out beyond looking remarkably like the real-world people they're playing, who make a guest appearance near the end. Having also directed My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Joel Zwick seems to be drawn to projects with the word "fat" in the title.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2005
UPC:
0024543175490
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
23,100

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full-length audio commentary by director Joel Zwick and producer John Davis; Extended scenes; "Fat Albert" behind the band" featurette; Theatrical trailer & more!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kenan Thompson Fat Albert
Kyla Pratt Doris
Shedrack Anderson Rudy
Jermaine Williams Mushmouth
Keith Robinson Bill
Aaron Andre Frazier Old Weird Harold
Marques Houston Dumb Donald
Raven Symone Danielle
Alphonso McAuley Bucky
Dania Ramirez Lauri
Omarion Grandberry Reggie (as Omari Grandberry)
Aaron Carter Teen
Bill Cosby Himself
Jeremy Suarez Russell
Derek J. Watkins Salesman
J Mack Slaughter Actor
Rick Overton Coach Gillespi
Keri Lynn Pratt Heather
Jeff Leaf Basketball Player
Cody Fleetwood Kid
Annie Abbott Mrs. Forchick
Jeanne Chinn Woman #1
Jenifer Kinglsey Woman #2
Alyssa Shafer Little Girl
Dylan Cash Emmitt
Damon Elliot DJ
Jeff Harlan Dad
Earl Billings Mr. Mudfoot (Voice)
Catero Colbert Lead Teen (Voice)
Charles Duckworth Teen #1 (Voice)
Ben Diskin Teen #2 (Voice)
Josh Uhler Teen #3 (Voice)
Bill Ratner Announcer (Voice)

Technical Credits
Joel Zwick Director
Chemin Sylvia Bernard Casting
Stacy Brownrigg Sound/Sound Designer
Camille O. Cosby Executive Producer
Bill Cosby Executive Producer,Screenwriter
John Davis Producer
Paul Elliott Cinematographer
Alexander H. Gayner Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Richard Gibbs Score Composer
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck Costumes/Costume Designer
Dave Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles Kipps Screenwriter
Tony Lombardo Editor
Scott Meehan Art Director
Nina Ruscio Production Designer
Jeffrey Stott Co-producer
Monica Swann Casting

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Fat Albert: Pan and Scan
1. Main Titles [:24]
2. Loser [1:01]
3. Crying for Help [2:16]
4. Straight Outta TV Land [:16]
5. Doris's New Friends [2:23]
6. Class Auditors [4:59]
7. Lauri [:37]
8. Racing With Reggie [2:38]
9. Cheerleaders [1:51]
10. The Mall [2:42]
11. Jumping Rope [1:10]
12. Losing Some Color [4:11]
13. The Party [2:19]
14. Fat Albert Party Theme [1:17]
15. Reggie's Jealousy [3:09]
16. Best Friends Forever [1:55]
17. Fun in the Park [1:47]
18. Fading Away [1:44]
19. Back Into the TV [1:45]
20. Riding in Style [3:32]
21. At the Fair [2:45]
22. Mr. Cosby [3:54]
23. Albert's Choice [4:42]
24. You Can Win [:44]
25. The Hard Way Home [2:26]
26. Going Back [1:08]
27. Our Fat Albert [3:05]
28. End Credits [2:57]
Side #2 -- Fat Albert: Widescreen
1. Main Titles [:24]
2. Loser [1:01]
3. Crying for Help [2:16]
4. Straight Outta TV Land [:16]
5. Doris's New Friends [2:23]
6. Class Auditors [4:59]
7. Lauri [:37]
8. Racing With Reggie [2:38]
9. Cheerleaders [1:51]
10. The Mall [2:42]
11. Jumping Rope [1:10]
12. Losing Some Color [4:11]
13. The Party [2:19]
14. Fat Albert Party Theme [1:17]
15. Reggie's Jealousy [3:09]
16. Best Friends Forever [1:55]
17. Fun in the Park [1:47]
18. Fading Away [1:44]
19. Back Into the TV [1:45]
20. Riding in Style [3:32]
21. At the Fair [2:45]
22. Mr. Cosby [3:54]
23. Albert's Choice [4:42]
24. You Can Win [:44]
25. The Hard Way Home [2:26]
26. Going Back [1:08]
27. Our Fat Albert [3:05]
28. End Credits [2:57]

Videos

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Fat Albert 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fat Albert's opening sequence and ending sequence was way too kiddish and stupid for American audiences. The body of the movie had no moral, and the dialogue was completely pointless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just recently seen this movie and I'm soo mad that I waited this long. This movie was just too funny. It had me laughing the whole way through. As with the animated series, this movie has a message behind it. I tell you, one watch is not good enough, you would want to keep watching again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have 3 kids under 10 and this movie was excellent for us! It had modern music without the degrading lyrics. It showed boys and girls interacting in positive ways with messages of good self esteem. This shows Hollywood that there can be movies without inuendo and bad gags. I am one of our booksellers in the music dept, this will be one of my recommendations to parents!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fat Albert is a totally uninspired, unfunny waste of time, this coming from someone who is a big fan of the cartoon. Don't rent or buy this movie unless you like throwing your money away on senseless garbage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I finally got the DVD yesterday. I think I liked it even more the second time! The movie has been attacked a lot for not being true to the cartoon. However, after finally seeing the old cartoons on DVD, I definitely think the movie captured the spirit of the show. The movie characters were actually very close to the originals. I think part of the movie's problem was the show have been off the air for so long, people's memories weren't fresh. My only regret was the lack of "school in the summer time" jokes (but at least they got it in once!) The critics didn't need to be so harsh to this film, it is for kids after all. The story could have been tighter, but it was still enjoyable and inspiring. A lot better than the majority of kids' movies and TV. It made me feel good the same way the cartoons do. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is sooooo good: No cussing, no potty humor, no bad lyrics in the soundtrack. It's just pure, wholesome fun! I have to admit, the plot did get a little weak in some areas, but I found this a rather entertaining and enjoyable film! Really good. Recommend it for all ages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago