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Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids The Complete Series DVD Special Features
Actors: Bill Cosby
Directors: Bill Cosby
Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
Region: Region Free
Number of discs: 15
Studio: Shout! Factory
DVD Release Date: 2016
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Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids The Complete Series DVD Overview
The special, which aired on NBC, was a hybrid of live action and animation. The music for the special was written and performed by jazz pianist/keyboardist Herbie Hancock in 1969 and was released on the Warner Bros. album Fat Albert Rotunda. For the animated portion of the special, it was necessary to develop the actual appearance of each of the Fat Albert Gang's characters. For this, Ken Mundie relied on animator Amby Paliwoda, a former Disney artist. Paliwoda not only created all the Gang's characters, but painted a "group portrait" which was eventually shown on the front page of TV Guide magazine shortly before the showing of the special.The producers wanted NBC to bring Fat Albert to Saturday mornings, but the network programming managers refused because the series was too educational.Bill Cosby and a new production company, Filmation Associates, then took the property to CBS. The Fat Albert gang's character images were primarily created by the artist Randy Hollar with the assistance of one-time Disney animator Michelle McKinney, under the direction of Ken Brown.
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