November 20, 2001 |
HEY, HEY, HEY you wanna be Fat Albert? Philly's treasured celeb Bill Cosby is on the fence about whose pipes will be used for the irrepressible '70s cartoon character in the upcoming "Fat Albert" movie, which he just finished co-writing. He's trying to decide whether fans want to hear him do the voices of Fat Albert, Bill and Mushmouth again, just as he did for the TV series he created. Oh, say it ain't so, Cos! "I don't know if my Fat Albert, if it's a little too full and robust now and old," the North Philly native told AP Radio.
February 28, 2001 |
Hey, hey, hey - guess who's coming to the big screen? That lovable portly dispenser of North Philly wisdom, Fat Albert. Native son Bill Cosby is teaming with Twentieth Century Fox to produce a live-action comedy about the small-screen animated character, loved by many Saturday morning viewers who cozied up in their PJs while chowing down a Pop-Tart or two. The movie, set to be produced by John Davis, could go before the cameras early next year....
April 8, 2002 |
PESKY "creative differences" halted pre-production last week on the live-action "Fat Albert" movie, resulting in director Forest Whitaker leaving the Bill Cosby project. The studio, 20th Century Fox, says the interruption over conflicting visions is only temporary, the Hollywood Reporter said. Still, when asked whether the project can be put back together with another auteur, Fox spokesman Jeffrey Godsick could only muster, "We're evaluating that now," the trade paper said. "[Forest]
March 11, 2004 |
HEY. HEY. HEY. Kenan Thompson is "Fat Albert. " The Hollywood Reporter says the "Saturday Night Live" regular, and former star of "Kenan and Kel," will play Bill Cosby's big boy when director Joel Zwick starts production in mid-April. Other members of the cast include Omarion of B2K fame as Reggie, Raven-Symone in the animated part of Danielle, Jermaine Williams as Mush Mouth, Jeremy Suarez in the animated role of Russell and Aaron Frazier as Weird Harold. Cosby, his wife Camille, and John Davis Entertainment are producing the adaptation, which follows Fat Albert and his pals walking out of their cartoon and into the real world.
June 25, 2013 |
One of my most vivid childhood experiences is tied inextricably to the kids' cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids . It was the first show my family sat down to watch when my dad finally, finally! , bought a color TV set. It was a hit in America, where it premiered in September 1972 as part of CBS's Saturday morning cartoon lineup. It also was a hit half a world away in my native Iran, where my two brothers and I watched religiously as Fat Albert and his gang - seven very distinct kids and one busybody duck named Cluck - had unforgettable adventures in their North Philadelphia neighborhood.
March 20, 2002 |
Mushmouth, Dumb Donald and Old Weird Harold will all be back. So will the junkyard. So will the daily life lessons that were always served up with the humor. Fat Albert, the famed cartoon character based on Bill Cosby's stand-up acts about his Philly childhood, starts his journey to the big screen next month, when shooting begins in Los Angeles with a live cast, major studio budget, and the support of the Cos himself. The movie version mixes animation with live action and won't be exactly the same as the long-running CBS TV series "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids," director Forest Whitaker told the Daily News.
December 23, 2004 |
We '70s kids watched Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids all the time. I remember wearing patchwork jeans, a bumblebee T-shirt, and singing "Nah, nah, nah, gonna have a good time . . . Hey, hey, hey!" I was so small, not only didn't my feet touch the floor, they didn't even reach past the edge of the couch. Those were simpler times, you know, when carpet was a luxury and hardwood floors were standard. Wall-paneling wasn't considered retro. Sisters shared rooms outfitted with twin beds and Raggedy Ann dolls, not televisions and telephones.
December 24, 2004 |
Fat Albert took a mere 30 years to get from Bill Cosby's golden mouth to the silver screen. If the Disney amusement park ride Pirates of the Caribbean can morph into a hit movie, certainly an indelible Cosby routine can find new life, first as a cartoon show, now as a feature movie. Affable Kenan Thompson, of Saturday Night Live and Nickelodeon's Kenan & Kel, does the best he can in a fat suit and a size XXXL red crewneck while being forced to say "hey hey hey" a thousand times or so. Alas, this eternally sunny character's mantra, "I don't have a problem, I solve problems," makes for paltry dramatic tension.
December 7, 2004
I'D LIKE TO give Mister Mann Frisby a round of applause for his article regarding the way Bill Cosby dresses, and his analysis of the problems facing black youth. Mr. Cosby criticized ebonics in the past and how you can't get a job saying "you is," etc. But, Cos, didn't you have a show back in 1972 where the characters spoke ebonics? I'm talking about the cartoon "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids," which was one of my favorites because of the moral lessons in each episode. And I agree with Mister on your appearance.
February 4, 1986 |
The truth is, he's straight, upright. A Polish guy from Bridesburg. Family man. Salesman. But 41 nights a year, including tomorrow, he goes to the Spectrum, puts on a silly costume and is transformed into a cross between the Fonz and Fat Albert - a fat, fuzzy, purple creature with orange hair who performs all manner of foolishness and flippery. He's Big Shot, mascot of the Philadelphia 76ers, and the fans love him. It wasn't always that way. Once it was: "Get out of the way, stupid.