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Fat Albert (2004) 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… 2004-12-25 PG PT93M Kenan Thompson Shedrack Anderson Aaron Frazier Alphonso McAuley Omarion Raven-Symone Keith Robinson Jeremy Suarez Jermaine Williams Bill Cosby 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
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Fat Albert (2004)

MPAA Rating: PG

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Kenan Thompson, Fat Albert | FLAT 'ALBERT' The Cosby kids of '70s TV come to life on the big screen, in a not-so-animated spin-off
Image credit: Fat Albert: Darren Michaels
FLAT 'ALBERT' The Cosby kids of '70s TV come to life on the big screen, in a not-so-animated spin-off
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Dec 25, 2004; Rated: PG; Length: 93 Minutes; With: Kenan Thompson; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

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.

Originally posted Jan 05, 2005 Published in issue #801 Jan 14, 2005 Order article reprints