Fat Albert

December 25th, 2004


Fat Albert

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As Doris (Kyla Pratt) looks on in embarrassment, Fat Albert (Kenan Thompson) explains to her class why she needs his help.Arthur (J. Mack Slaughter, Jr. right) confronts Fat Albert (Kenan Thompson) on the track.  Observing in the background are (L-R) Mushmouth (Jermaine Williams), Dumb Donald (Marques B. Houston), Rudy (Shedrack Anderson III), Lauri (Dania Ramirez), Old Weird Harold (Aaron A. Frazier), Doris (Kyla Pratt) and Bucky (Alphonso McAuley).Fat Albert (Kenan Thompson) makes a Rudy (Shedrack Anderson III, right) makes a new friend with his classmate (Aaron Carter) at school.Doris (Kyla Pratt, seated left) brings her new friends, Fat Albert (Kenan Thompson) and the Cosby Kids to class with her.  Fat Albert's pals are (back row, L-R) Bill (Keith D. Robinson), Bucky (Alphonso McAuley) and Old Weird Harold (Aaron A. Frazier).  In the middle row are schoolmates played by Aaron Carter (L) and Joel Madden (R) seated beside Mushmouth (Jermaine Williams, center).  Dumb Donald (Marques B. Houston) is seated in the front row on the right.Bill Cosby and director Joel Zwick review a scene with Kenan Thompson on the set of FAT ALBERT.

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

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 4.1/10 (5,635 voted)

Critic's Score: 39/100

Director: Joel Zwick

Stars: Kenan Thompson, Kyla Pratt, Omarion Grandberry

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.

Writers: Bill Cosby, Charles Kipps

Kenan Thompson - Fat Albert
Kyla Pratt - Doris
Dania Ramirez - Lauri
Shedrack Anderson III - Rudy
Aaron Frazier - Old Weird Harold (as Aaron A. Frazier)
Marques Houston - Dumb Donald (as Marques B. Houston)
Alphonso McAuley - Bucky
Keith Robinson - Bill (as Keith D. Robinson)
Jermaine Williams - Mushmouth
Aaron Carter - Teen
Omarion Grandberry - Reggie (as Omari Grandberry)
J. Mack Slaughter - Arthur (as J. Mack Slaughter Jr.)
Nick Zano - Camera Salesman
Annie Abbott - Mrs. Forchick
Alice Greczyn - Becky

Taglines: Hey! Hey! Hey! Christmas Day

Release Date: 25 December 2004

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $10,021,510 (USA) (26 December 2004) (2674 Screens)

Gross: $48,551,322 (Worldwide) (2005)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Bill Cosby, who appears as himself, was the voice of Fat Albert as well as other characters, in the animated TV series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.

Continuity: When Fat Albert opens the door for Lauri as they get into the car on the way to the dance, the right front metal gate "door" hinges at the front and Lauri steps behind it to get in the right front seat. In the next shot, Fat Albert closes the door, and the door is now hinged at the rear.

Salesman: [after adding up the prices of clothes that Fat Albert tried on] That'll be $10,428 and 22 cents.
Fat Albert: Uh, I... I don't have any money.
Salesman: Why didn't you tell me that?
Fat Albert: You didn't ask.
[the salesman grabs back his clothes]

User Review

A Tremendous Kids Movie...Fun For Their Parents as Well

Rating: 10/10

The reviews I've read for Fat Albert have been disheartening and for the most part, non-reflective of this movie.

Too many critics cannot put aside their pretentiousness and evaluate this and other movies of the genre for what they are...children's entertainment.

From this standpoint, Fat Albert stands above most of what I have seen with my kids in recent years. Beside a wonderful dose of nostalgia for boomers, this is a movie packed with humor, solid entertainment, decency, and important lessons about life. To me, that's what children's entertainment is about.

And there were bonuses for adults as well...

I thought the cast suceeded in capturing what we loved about the cartoon characters. Dumb Donald, Mush Mouth, Fat Albert were all on target and delivered more to love in their human form.

I also appreciated the movie's ability to laugh at itself. I cracked up when The Cosby Kids were waiting outside the girl's apartment the morning after they met. They didn't need to sleep, eat, or go to the bathroom...because hey hey hey, they're cartoon characters.

Lastly, the connection to the girl's grandfather Al was a lovely tie-in and the scene at the cemetery where the grown up Cosby gang paid tribute to their friend was sentimental without being sappy.

Can I pick apart small things about the movie? Absolutely! However, this movie provided my family and myself with such good feelings, smiles, and conversation afterwards that there is no need to bother.

Compare this with other kids movies that are chock full of scatological humor and impending sexuality and you will see that Fat Albert stands far and above.

This movie was funny, thoughtful, and brought back many a wonderful memory. Go see it.


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