Black Character Revolution –
A Retrospective Of 1970’s Saturday Morning Animation Art Featuring Characters From The Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Cartoon
The Museum Of UnCut Funk also offers an exhibition that features animation art from the Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids cartoon, available in a 70 piece configuration. The Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Fat Albert animation exhibition includes Original Production Cels, Original Production Drawings and Limited Edition Cels. The art showcased in this exhibitions is featured below.
Fat Albert first came to life as a part of Bill Cosby’s “Buck Buck” comedy routine about a neighborhood game from his childhood, as recorded on his 1967 album Revenge. Cosby described Fat Albert “as the baddest Buck Buck breaker in the world.”
Cosby turned his Fat Albert stories about growing up in North Philadelphia into the first positive Black cast animated cartoon on television. The Hey, Hey, Hey, It’s Fat Albert Special aired in Primetime on NBC on November 12, 1969. This special served as the foundation for what would later become the longest running positive Black cast Saturday morning cartoon series, Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids.
Fat Albert Fun Facts:
Hey, Hey, Hey, It’s Fat Albert Special
- First positive Black cast cartoon / Black cast cartoon special to appear on television – November 12, 1969
- First positive Black cast cartoon / Black cast cartoon special created from a comedy routine – Based upon Bill Cosby’s Buck, Buck comedy routine from his 1967 Revenge Album
- First time that Black people like Bill Cosby led the development of animated television programming featuring Black characters, from concept through to art creation and production
- Music for the special was written and performed by jazz pianist / keyboardist Herbie Hancock, released on the album Fat Albert Rotunda
Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids Cartoon Series
- Longest running positive Black cast Saturday morning cartoon series – 9/9/72-8/10/85, 110 episodes
- Fat Albert Jackson, Bill Cosby and Mushmouth were voiced by Bill Cosby
- Other character voices: Lou Scheimer (Dumb Donald); Jan Crawford (Bucky, Russell); Gerald Edwards (Weird Harold); Eric Suter (Rudy)
- Gold Key Comics created a comic book adaptation of Fat Albert which ran for 29 issues, (1974-1979)
- A lunch box, board game and record album were also produced
- 40th anniversary – September 9, 2012
Fat Albert TV Specials
- Hey, Hey, Hey It’s Fat Albert – 11/12/69
- The Fat Albert Halloween Special – 10/24/77
- The Fat Albert Christmas Special – 12/18/77
- The Fat Albert Easter Special – 4/3/82
The Brown Hornet Fun Facts:
- A parody of The Green Hornet
- Fifth Black male superhero to appear in a Saturday morning cartoon series
- Character originally presented by Bill Cosby on a radio show in the 1970‘s, re-written as a space superhero
- Fat Albert gang watched The Brown Hornet show in their clubhouse
- Character voices: Bill Cosby (Brown Hornet); Lou Scheimer (Legal Eagle, Stinger)
- 40th anniversary – September 1, 2019
Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Fat Albert Exhibition Art
Our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Black Animation Exhibition that showcases all Black characters featured in 1970’s Saturday Morning Cartoons is available in a 60 piece configuration.
The Museum Of UnCut Funk also offers an exhibition that features animation art from the Jackson 5ive cartoon, available in a 70 piece configuration.
To book the Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution – Fat Albert Exhibition, or book the Curator of the Museum Of UnCut Funk for a Curator’s Talk, Lecture or Expert Panel on the Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition please contact the Curator, Sista ToFunky.
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