Fat Albert (2004)
USA / English
"Hey! Hey! Hey! Christmas Day
"Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids come to life and step out of their animated, inner-city Philadelphia world.
A Tremendous Kids Movie...Fun For Their Parents as Well
The reviews I've read for Fat Albert have been disheartening and for
the most part, non-reflective of this movie.
Too many critics cannot put aside their pretentiousness and evaluate
this and other movies of the genre for what they are...children's
From this standpoint, Fat Albert stands above most of what I have seen
with my kids in recent years. Beside a wonderful dose of nostalgia for
boomers, this is a movie packed with humor, solid entertainment,
decency, and important lessons about life. To me, that's what
children's entertainment is about.
And there were bonuses for adults as well...
I thought the cast suceeded in capturing what we loved about the
cartoon characters. Dumb Donald, Mush Mouth, Fat Albert were all on
target and delivered more to love in their human form.
I also appreciated the movie's ability to laugh at itself. I cracked up
when The Cosby Kids were waiting outside the girl's apartment the
morning after they met. They didn't need to sleep, eat, or go to the
bathroom...because hey hey hey, they're cartoon characters.
Lastly, the connection to the girl's grandfather Al was a lovely tie-in
and the scene at the cemetery where the grown up Cosby gang paid
tribute to their friend was sentimental without being sappy.
Can I pick apart small things about the movie? Absolutely! However,
this movie provided my family and myself with such good feelings,
smiles, and conversation afterwards that there is no need to bother.
Compare this with other kids movies that are chock full of scatological
humor and impending sexuality and you will see that Fat Albert stands
far and above.
This movie was funny, thoughtful, and brought back many a wonderful
memory. Go see it.
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