Fat Albert's Greatest Hits The Ultimate Collection
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The feeling I get when watching them has never left me. Recently I found a copy of the Christmas special and it put tears in my eyes. I simply can't wait to get all of these on DVD. Like many of my other favorite shows, it's overwelming emotionally that these are coming to DVD.
This is a "best of" set featuring 20 favorites based on internet research thru search engines. But there's some confusion as to whether all episodes will be realised as Season sets or in a random manner like this set. It's hard to believe, but at this point I'm avoiding this one so I don't risk having to rebuy some of these next year.
The company UrbanWorks Entertainment says that they have acquired the rights to most of the episodes including the specials done for Halloween, Christmas and Easter but excluding the 1969 pilot episode "Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert" that only aired once and was owned by NBC not CBS which aired the rest of the series. They will begin releasing all of them in 2005. So it just sounds like this is an expensive "teaser". :(
I say wait. Personally I'll have to condition myself not to order this or pick it up if I see it in the store. Wish me luck. ;)
And Hey, Hey, Hey! Have a happy day! :D
So I'd give the series 4 stars but this set 3 stars. There's also a booklet with an interview with producer Lou Scheimer discussing how Cosby came up with the concept and they the animators embelished on it. He also discusses how the various voice actors ended up being cast 9including Scheimer himself as Dumb Donald).Read more ›
THE GOOD-It contains some of the best episodes from the series' glory years of 1972-76. These contain episodes such as "Lying," Playing Hookey," "Creativity" "Moving," (my all time favorite), etc. These episodes did have messages, but were filled with genuine humor (some of it based directly from Bill Cosby's 1960s routines that inspired this show in the first place, such as TONSILS, CHICKEN HEART, BUCK BUCK, etc.), a likeable cast, and best of all the music of the Junk Yard Band (for those who don't know-this was where Albert & co. ended episodes where they sang soulful songs about the theme of the story and played junkyard objects as musical instruments). Classic, classic! The response in reviews from both blacks and whites who enjoyed these as children proved that Bill Cosby's expereiment was a success in teaching tolerance and good behavior through "edutainment."
THE BAD-The post 1979 episodes. This replaced the wonderful junkyard band segments with a corny bit called "The Brown Hornet" which was a really stupid superhero takeoff that one would be hard pressed to crack a smile at viewing. These episodes ere also strong on preaching, but short on entertainment or even convincing performances. If you can sit through "hard core" (an anti-pornography piece) or the episode about the kid who finds the gun, you deserve a medal and have a cast-iron stomach.
THE UGLY-See above.
Overall, this is good for the FA episodes before they "jumped the shark" in 1979. The rest of this is frisbee material. I ould strongly recommend Fat Albert fans and lovers of good animation to check FAT ALBERT-THE ORIGINAL ANIMATED SERIES VOL.1.Read more ›
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I mean, yeah, it's the sme cartoon you've been watching for 40 years, no surprises. The real treat is watching Bill Cosby's monologue between segments, given what we've been told... Read morePublished 4 months ago by torcha chamber
Hey! HEY! HEY! Watch "The Coz" being frogmarched into court and ask yourself this question: "Is this a becoming legacy for a comedic huckster? Read morePublished 6 months ago by Andru J. Reeve
Great way to involve my kids in the cartoons I watched! Hey Hey Hey!! :)Published 12 months ago by TAKHIM K PIERRE