I'm told the original Fat Albert had wit and a keen sense of the problems kids deal with, but the movie's 'real world' is a bland, idealized place where the biggest problem young people face is getting picked on.
Fat Albert manages to talk down to two generations of pop-cult consumers - the Boomers and the Gen-Xers - while leaving no reason for their uncategorized offspring to join in on the Hey! Hey! Hey! chants.