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Fat Albert (2004)



Critic Consensus: A bland but good-natured adaptation of the cartoon show.

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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.

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Kenan Thompson
as Fat Albert
Aaron Frazier
as Old Weird Harold
Aaron Andre Frazier
as Old Weird Harold
Marques Houston
as Dumb Donald
as Reggie (as Omari Grandberry)
Bill Cosby
as Himself
Nick Zano
as Camera Salesman
Annie Abbott
as Mrs. Forchick
Rick Overton
as Coach Gillespie
Jeff Leaf
as Basketball Player
Jeanne Chinn
as Woman #1
as Danielle (voice)
Alyssa Shafer
as Little Girl
Jeremy Suarez
as Russell (voice)
Dylan Cash
as Emmitt
Earl Billings
as Mr. Mudfoot (Voice)
Catero Colbert
as Lead Teen (Voice)
Charles Duckworth
as Teen #1 (Voice)
Ben Diskin
as Teen #2 (Voice)
Josh Uhler
as Teen #3 (Voice)
Bill Ratner
as Announcer (Voice)
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Critic Reviews for Fat Albert

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (38)

A lot like the comedian's best work: amusing, appropriate for kids, and far more spiritually nourishing and less insulting than typical Hollywood fare.

November 17, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Cosby cartoon comes to life in tween-centered story.

December 24, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

At the end of this weak comedy is a strange and touching scene in which Bill Cosby and his childhood pals from Philadelphia, now elderly men, gather at the grave of Albert Robertson, the real-life inspiration for Cosby's bighearted Fat Albert.

May 20, 2008 | Full Review…

The Cosby touch (he's co-writer and co-executive producer) is in full effect, schmaltz notwithstanding, as Albert and the gang run through their series of pleasantly diverting escapades.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The original cartoons are better.

January 17, 2006 | Full Review…

Its messages are innocuous and may hold the attention of the littlest viewers, but older audience members may find themselves repulsed by their nostalgia.

January 15, 2005 | Rating: 0.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fat Albert

How can I not?

Matt Goodman
Matt Goodman

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It ruined the old cartoon, damn you Kenan Thompson

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer


it stays faithful to the source material and the end result is a good, entertaining, and funny film.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

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