“Hey, hey, hey!” Bill Cosby’s hugely popular character Fat Albert comes to the big screen as a live action, 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 urban 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 from 1972 to 1979. “The New Fat Albert Show” ran from 1979 to 1984.
Bill Cosby is an amazing entertainer and he proves it again with this very well written film “Fat Albert.” As with Mr. Cosby’s career, the film is totally free of objectionable content and deals with the lesson of “Be yourself and not someone you’re not.” The film integrates the “Fat Albert” cartoon with the present day live action in a fun way. All the characters come through the TV set when Dorris is at home crying while watching “Fat Albert,” the cartoon. Fat Albert and his gang then stay close to Dorris in an attempt to “fix her problem.” The fun heats up as they discover what their new world holds for them. Fat Albert brings politeness and gentlemanly behavior to a community and impacts everyone he comes in contact with.
I used to listen to Bill Cosby comedy albums as a kid and it was loads of fun seeing all his characters come to life on the big screen. I highly recommend this film for families that wish to enjoy a fun wholesome time at the theater this holiday season.