Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert

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Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert
Genre Animated TV special
Written by Ed. Weinberger, Jack Mendelsohn, Bill Cosby
Directed by Ken Mundie
Voices of Bill Cosby, Steven Cheatham, Ernestine Wade, Solomon Young, Gary Moore, Ben Anderson, Pat Ross, Angela Miller, Dana Marshall, Roosevelt Blow
Composer(s) Herbie Hancock
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Bruce Campbell
Roy Silver
Producer(s) Harry Gittes
Cinematography Mike Bortman, Ken Brown
Original network NBC
Original release November 12, 1969
Followed by Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert is an animated primetime television special which originally aired on November 12, 1969 on NBC in the United States. While NBC did re-air the special twice following its initial airing, it has rarely been seen since. It was created by Bill Cosby and animator Ken Mundie (best known for the opening credit sequences of Rawhide and The Wild Wild West). It was based on Cosby's stand-up routines, which were based on his childhood. It would later inspire the long-running 1972 animated series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.

The special has a very different style from the later series. Due to time and a tight budget, the animators had to draw directly onto cells with grease pencils and actual images of Philadelphia were used for backgrounds.[1] The music was provided by Herbie Hancock, who later used some of the music he composed on his album Fat Albert Rotunda. Unlike the later Cosby Kids series and specials, it has not been released on DVD.


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