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Fat Albert

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Kenan Thompson, Fat Albert
Fat Albert: Darren Michaels

Fat Albert

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
93 minutes
Wide Release Date:
12/25/04
performer:
Kenan Thompson, Shedrack Anderson, Aaron Frazier, Alphonso McAuley, Omarion, Raven-Symone, Keith Robinson, Jeremy Suarez, Jermaine Williams
director:
Joel Zwick
Producer:
Bill Cosby
distributor:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author:
Bill Cosby, Charles Kipps

We gave it a C

Among the few forces that can turn animated characters into live?action figures, the cross-promoted DVD release of the original, retro cartoon is, apparently, the most potent. But don’t discount the power of one girl’s tears. In the padded-out kiddie feature Fat Albert, Doris (Kyla Pratt) has a bad case of low self-esteem, and the plop of a tear on her TV remote reconstitutes the gang who used to bop to the bass gurgle of Albert’s ”Hey hey hey!” in the popular late-’70s and early-’80s cartoons based on characters invented by Bill Cosby.

Doris is blue, but Fat Albert (an amiable Kenan Thompson) is a vision in a red sweater, wriggling through the screen of her TV set and landing with a fleshy thud to teach Doris the benefits of self-confidence. The scattered cultural time-warp jokes are bright (the Cosby Kids don’t know from DVDs), but the sermonizing on behalf of good clean fun and hard old effort (Cosby co-wrote the script) is as faded as Big Al’s sweater after too many days on earth.