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Fat Albert (2004)



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

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: PG (for momentary language)
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Bill Cosby, Charles Kipps
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 22, 2005
Box Office: $48.0M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Kenan Thompson
as Fat Albert
Aaron Frazier
as Old Weird Harold
Aaron Andre Frazier
as Old Weird Harold
Marques Houston
as Dumb Donald
Omarion Grandberry
as Reggie (as Omari Gra...
Bill Cosby
as Himself
Raven Symone
as Danielle
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)
Jeremy Suarez
as Russell (voice)
Alyssa Shafer
as Little Girl
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)
Josh Uhler
as Teen #3 (Voice)
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Critic Reviews for Fat Albert

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (35)

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

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 5, 2005
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Bad in such a bizarre way, it almost becomes fascinating.

Full Review… | January 3, 2005
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Top Critic

Cosby cartoon comes to life in tween-centered story.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Fat Albert

How can I not?

Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer


It ruined the old cartoon, damn you Kenan Thompson

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer


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

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

Fat Albert Quotes

Fat Albert: I'm looking for Mr. Cosby. Are you his dad?
Bill: *faints*
– Submitted by Cameron D (3 years ago)

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