Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert (Rare Primetime Animated Special; 1969)


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Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert
A newspaper ad, showing The Cosby Kids in their original designs.
A newspaper ad, showing The Cosby Kids in their original designs.
Status Rare

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is an animated TV series which aired from September 9, 1972 to August 10, 1985. It has 114 episodes counting specials.

Before the series premiered, there was a primetime special called Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert, which was shown on November 12, 1969, and aired on NBC. It was rebroadcasted twice, but presumably never saw a home release.

Plot

It follows The Cosby Kids performing stand-up sketches from Bill Cosby's routines, much like in the actual show.

The plot would have centered on Fat Albert being made fun of by his friends because of his weight, and so he distances himself from them. The other kids would then dispute an (American) football game against rivals, and Fat Albert would then arrive, using his weight to help his friends to win the game.

Production

Mundie and six animators worked 18-hour days for six months to meet NBC's deadline. The animators drew directly onto cels with grease pencils, coloring each cel themselves. The cels were then photographed.

Live footage from Philadelphia was inserted as background. Said Filmation's Lou Scheimer: "It did not work. It was a strange-looking thing. And it did not have any of the values that we wanted to do ultimately in the show." While the series became popular, the special has not been released since.

Availability

Rare (bad quality) footage of the special.
The Paley Center for Media holds a copy of the special in their collection, and it is available for viewing at their locations in New York and Los Angeles.[1]


The only footage of the special that has publically resurfaced is a blurry red-tinted clip from animator Leo Sullivan's collection. It seems it comes from near the end of the special, where Fat Albert arrives at a football game that his friends are playing against rivals, and so he is using his huge weight to dogpile the opponents.

As of 2016, it is becoming more unlikely that this animated special becomes more widely available, considering Bill Cosby's rape allegations and his upcoming trial.

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Anonymous user #1

6 months ago
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I've actually seen this one at the aforementioned Paley Center. It was showing in a theatre during an animation exhibit. Although I walked in halfway through, I can give some info on what I *did* see:

The Cosby Kids (minus Fat Albert) are watching a scary movie in a theatre and they're terrified and are comically trying to hide their eyes. As they leave, they all deny they were scared, and project their fears on Fat Albert, saying he would have been even more frightened. Albert, however, can hear them from his bedroom window and cries a bit at their harsh words.

The next morning, they are going to play football and need Fat Albert, who is obviously very good playing offense. Albert refuses them and claims to be moving (although this is most likely a bluff). The Cosby kids sadly leave and attempt to play the rival team themselves, without much luck. At the last minute, Fat Albert comes (drawn to look more obese than ever in a bizarre sight gag), and helps win the game.

I remember that even though I had hardly seen very much of the original show, the drawings were crude and surreal compared to the final product. It was actually a pretty cute cartoon, though.
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Reynard

6 months ago
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I saw a pencil test on a website, that actually showed even-fatter Albert rushing through rival football players.
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Anonymous user #2

5 months ago
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Could someone please go to the Paley Center and record it.
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Dycaite

5 months ago
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The last time I organised a viewing at the Paley Center (Attack of the Giant Vulture, for those curious) only two guys showed up (obviously I couldn't since I live on the other side of the world, heh). It's safe to say the folks from the Paley Center were none too impressed.
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Anonymous user #3

1 months ago
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If the paley center has a copy should this really be considered lost? Rare seems more accurate to me.
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Anonymous user #4

6 days ago
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There's actually a brief snippet on that special on Floyd Norman: An Animated Life documentary.
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