In 1969, Bill Cosby and Ken Mundie got together to produce an animated special featuring Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. Fat Albert, originally a character brought to life in Cosby’s ’67 record “Revenge”, is a large inner-city African American teen from Philadelphia.
Without fail, his entrance into a scene was announced by a familiar “Hey, Hey Hey!” that American kids grew to know and love. Deemed “too educational” by NBC, Cosby and Filmation Associates took the show to CBS in 1972 to be produced and aired as Saturday Morning cartoon.
The show itself was a combination of both real life film, and animation. The story line centered every episode around dealing with problems faced during many inner-city children in that era. Fat Albert and the Junkyard Gang would encounter the problem, figure out the best way to fix it, and inevitably set everything right by the end of the episode.
Prior to the end of each run, the characters would sing a song that summarized that episode’s lesson. Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids remains to this day one of the longest running cartoons for any Saturday Morning lineup, despite the theory that children’s educational is not as popular as other cartoon styles.