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The Fat Albert Christmas Special is a 1977 Christmas special based on the CBS animated series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.


SPOILER: Plot details or story follow.

Fat Albert and his friends are rehearsing in their junkyard clubhouse for a Christmas pageant that they want to put on for their families. The junkyard's owner, "Old Tightwad" Tyrone, shows up and threatens to kick them all out by midnight so he can bulldoze the clubhouse to the ground. After he leaves, they are worried about losing it, when a little boy named Marshall knocks on the door, looking for help. His parents are in big trouble. They came to town so his father, Ray, could get a job, but it fell through, so they are homeless, and his mother, Marge, is pregnant and in labor. The gang tries to help them. Turned away from the nearby hospital because they have no insurance, they are told to go to the city hospital as a charity case, but it is too far away.

Fat Albert strikes a deal with Tyrone to save the clubhouse. He works at Tyrone's store, giving away small gifts to entice customers to come in and shop. Things are going very well, until his friends show up, and think he has become a traitor. When he explains the deal, they all begin to grab for free gifts, angering Tyrone, who kicks them all out and says the clubhouse will come down anyway. Mudfoot Brown arrives to give Tyrone what-for, saying what his late wife, Martha, would do if she saw him acting like that and Tyrone admits to him and Fat Albert that he has been lonely, bitter, and miserable since she passed away. Mudfoot warns him that he needs to change his ways.

In the ruckus, Marshall slips away unnoticed. He heads back to the clubhouse, where he overhears Ray say in discouragement that he does not know how he will ever be able to take care of everyone. Marshall decides to run away to spare him the trouble and befriends a starving dog who is trying to get a bone from a trash can. When they realize he is missing, the gang searches everywhere for him. Marge is ready to have her baby, so they also get Doc Brown to come to the clubhouse. Fat Albert saves Marshall from falling into the icy river when he tries to get away from him, but he runs away again afterward.

Dejected, Fat Albert decides to go back to the clubhouse where, after hearing a baby's cry coming from there, he finds that the baby has come and that Doc Brown and the rest of the gang were present at its birth. Then Tyrone himself shows up with Marshall. Russell begs him not to throw the family out in the snow, but he tells them all he has had a change of heart. He will try to help Ray find a job and take the family to a good hospital. He also will not bulldoze the clubhouse, as it has become a "landmark" with the baby's birth so near to Christmas. He looks up at the night sky, smiling as he asks for Martha's approval of his change of heart.

Spoilers end here.


  • The incidental music used in the special was also used in the Filmation animated feature Oliver Twist.

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