Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids

Listen to the music from Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids

The recent posts featuring the instrumental music from Star Trek: The Animated Series and the 1966 animated series of Spider-Man inspired this entry.

I love cartoons that feature characters who have bands and sing during the episodes. Instead of blatantly explaining the moral of the episode, the characters explain it through song. The best is Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, or as their band is known, The Junkyard Band. The band uses junk and every day objects as instruments to entertain us with their positive message.

For the most part, each episode featured a laugh track and applause at the end of each song to enhance the energy and message the band provided. Michael Gray provided Fat Albert’s singing voice and died at an early age of 35 in 1988.

01 – ‘We’re All Together’ – (Creativity) – 3:16
02 – ‘Don’t Look Down On A Small Guy’ – (The Runt) – 5:35
03 – ‘Everybody’s Different’ – (The Stranger) – 7:59
04 – ‘One World’ – (Fish Out Of Water) – 10:23
05 – ‘Friends’ – (Moving) – 12:48
06 – ‘Playin’ Hookey’ – (Playing Hookey) – 14:44
07 – ‘The Hospital’ – (The Hospital) – 17:09
08 – ‘Begging Benny’ – (Begging Benny) – 19:36
09 – ‘The Hero’ – (Hero) – 21:46
10 – ‘A Joke Isn’t A Joke If You Hurt Someone’ – (The Prankster) – 24:11
11 – ‘Four Eyes’ – (Four Eyes) – 26:24
12 – ‘She’s A Tomboy’ – (Tomboy) – 28:51
13 – ‘Stage Fright’ – (Stage Fright) – 31:16
14 – ‘The Bully’ – (The Bully) – 33:44
15 – ‘It’s Not Easy (But You Can Make It If You Try)’ – (Smart Kid) – 36:08
16 – ‘Dope Is For Dopes’ – (Mister Big Time) – 38:07
17 – ‘Lean On Me’ – (The Newcomer) – 40:36
18 – ‘Everybody’s Job Is Important’ – (What Does Dad Do?) – 42:53
19 – ‘You Can Be Together And Still Be Miles Apart’ – (Mom Or Pop) – 45:19
20 – ‘Check It Out’ – (How The West Was Lost) – 47:40
21 – ‘Signs’ – (Sign Off) – 50:04
22 – ‘Don’t Mess With The Man’ – (The Fuzz) – 52:27
23 – ‘Ask Your Momma’ – (An Ounce Of Prevention) – 54:48
24 – ‘There’s A Whole Lot Of Fish In The Sea’ – (Fat Albert Meets Dan Cupid) – 57:13
25 – ‘Stealing Is Uncool’ – (Take Two They’re Small) – 59:32
26 – ‘Take A Look Around You’ – (The Animal Lover) – 1:01:58
27 – ‘Everybody Has A Song To Sing’ – (Little Tough Guy) – 1:04:20
28 – ‘Believe It Or Not’ – (Smoke Gets In Your Hair) – 1:06:42
29 – ‘Listen’ – (What Say) – 1:09:05
30 – ‘Your Teacher Can Be Your Friend’ – (Readin’, Ritin’, and Rudy) – 1:11:28
31 – ‘Soap And Water’ – (Suede Simpson) – 1:13:58
32 – ‘Look Before You Leap’ – (Little Business) – 1:16:29
33 – ‘Tv Or Not Tv’ – (Tv Or Not Tv) – 1:18:59

Hey, Hey, Hey! If you’re not careful you might learn something before it’s done.


Tom & Jerry Meet Jonny Quest

Since 2001, Warner Brothers has released direct-to-DVD animated features featuring Tom & Jerry. The newest release is set for June 25, 2015 and features the cat and mouse teaming up with Jonny Quest in an adventure titled “Spy Quest.” It seems like such an odd team-up that I have to watch it when it is released. Other Tom & Jerry animated films have teamed them with Sherlock Holmes and The Wizard of Oz but this is the first to team them with another Hanna-Barbera creation.

Plus, I’m a big Jonny Quest fan so hopefully this will spark a renewed interest in that franchise and receive some animated feature films of its own. I don’t mind the straight-to-DVD format for these. The Scooby-Doo and DC Comics ones have been successful and Jonny Quest would fit that format.

Here is the trailer for the film.


Buster Crabbe Appears At Science Fiction Film Awards

It is common knowledge that Star Wars was influenced by the Flash Gordon serials of the 1940s. So how cool was it that Buster Crabbe (Flash Gordon in the serials) appeared on stage with Mark Hamill during the Science Fiction Film Awards telecast? It aired in 1978 to recognize achievement in science fiction film for the year 1977.

Hamill shows up at 3:46 of Part II to introduce him. The entire show is worth watching from the beginning, especially to see the opening song and dance number.

I’m just posting Part I and II just to show the flow leading to the Crabbe and Hamill appearance. The special itself is split into 10 parts on YouTube. Rather than blow up the blog with 10 embedded videos just search for “Science Fiction Film Awards 1978” on YouTube if you’d like to watch the entire special. This was the fifth annual but first televised broadcast of the ceremony.

Here is the entire award show in 10 parts:

or if you want to jump straight to Buster…here is part 2.

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1987 Marvel Comics Parade Float

He-Man And The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


In 1985, the best float in the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade made its debut. The “Masters of the Universe and Princess of Power” float graced the streets of New York City bringing the fight between good and evil to televisions nationwide. It was a good fit. Masters of the Universe lends itself to float theatrics and with the next day being Black Friday, of course, helps promote the toy line for the Christmas shopping season.

Pat Sajack has a “I really have to read this?” look on his face but does it in a way that still stays professional. A year later he was joined by Dolph Lundgren, who was filming Masters of the Universe at the time, to introduce the float again.

After seeing the Masters of the Universe float you can’t argue the similarities of the Turbo Man float in “Jingle All The Way.” Just as the movie was inspired by the Cabbage Patch Kids shopping craze of the mid-1980s, the float is a nod to He-Man and his cohorts welcoming the holiday season.


Halloween Costume Not-So-Fit For A King


As fans of retro we can’t get through a Halloween season without revisiting Ben Cooper and Collegeville costumes. We all know the nostalgia these costumes have around the holiday. They’ve always been considered poorly designed costumes but today make great collectibles.

However, I’ve never thought the masks were that bad. They kind of cut into your face but the design of them at least resembles the character. It was the outfit that never made any sense. Why would a character have a picture of themselves on their chest?


King Kong was no exception. The 1976 movie had it’s share of merchandise and the classic flame-retardant costume was one. Like I said, the mask is fine. It looks like a gorilla. The outfit, however, is just a lame reprint of the movie poster. So am I dressing up as King Kong or am I dressing up as the movie? Why not just make the outfit look like a gorilla’s body? I guess no one would know you’re King Kong unless you say so but still.

King Kong hasn’t really made much of an impression on Halloween. Except for his size, he looks like a normal gorilla unlike movie monsters like Godzilla who have a unique look to them.

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