On Hey Hey Hey

Fat Albert popularized those three words

Created by Bill Cosby and animator Ken Mundie

NBC aired Hey, Hey, Hey, It’s Fat Albert on November 12, 1969 as an animated primetime special

Herbie Hancock composed the theme music for the special

Producers wanted to bring the show to Saturday mornings, but NBC refused based on being too educational, CBS premiered Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids on September 9, 1972

Based on Cosby’s stand-up routines, which were based on his childhood friends and experiences

Also known as The New Fat Albert Show, The Adventures of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

Cosby wrote this theme music to the series

The Cosby Kids and their band known as the The Junkyard Gang: “Fat” Albert Jackson, Mushmouth , “Dumb” Donald, William “Bill” Cosby, Russell Cosby, “Weird” Harold, Rudolph “Rudy” Davis, Bucky

Other characters include Miss Berry, Mudfoot Brown, Cluck, The Brown Hornet, Stinger, Tweeterbell, Legal Eagle, Moe and Gabby, Margene, Dennis, Pee Wee, 3 River Blockbusters (Junkyard Gang’s main rivals)

12 seasons, but not continuous, 110 episodes, and 3 specials (Halloween,Christmas, and Easter)

First: Truth (a.k.a Lying) (September 9. 1972)
Last: No Place Like Home (April 12, 1985)

Original run September 9, 1972 to October 27, 1973

Here’s a promo for the Halloween special

Number 12 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids received an Emmy nomination in 1974

In 1993, TV Guide named , Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids the best cartoon series of the 1970s

Insisting a strong emphasis on teaching positive social values to children, Cosby himself would hammer it home in live-action commentary

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids appeared in 29 issues in Gold Key Comics from 1975-79

Enjoy the song with the clips …. meanwhile, Hey hey hey!

On the First Sex Symbol

Regarded as an animated sex symbol from the Depression era as she was a Flapper Girl reminder of the Roaring 20s

The wind blew up her skirt before Marilyn Monroe’s famous skirt scene

122 cartoon appearances

#17 TV Guide’s Greatest Cartoon Characters

Famous Tagline: “Boop-oop-a-doop”
Created by Max Fleischer and Grim Natwick

First appearance Dizzy Dishes (August 9, 1930)

Last appearance Rhythm on the Reservation (July 7, 1939)

First voiced by Margie Hines, but voiced by four others in that decade

Most famously voiced by Mae Questel, who also voiced Betty in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and other appearances until her death (1998)

Fleishcer used jazz great Cab Calloway and his Minnie the Moocher hit in a 1932 short – so, here’s Calloway’s introduction and the song from the cartoon.

Originally appeared in the sixth Talkartoon series

Comic strip from 1934 to 1937

Initially appeared as a poodle in human form

Appeared many times as companion to Bimbo

Character based on Clara Bow and Helen Kane (the latter eventually sued, but lost)

Originally black and white, but the first color appearance was Poor Cinderella (1934)

Betty Boop had international popularity

Here’s a well done 4-minute report about Betty’s history

Given her dress and cleavage, the National Legion of Decency and the Production Code of 1934 forced changes in her appearance, dress, and cartoon content

Fearless Fred, a boyfriend, introduced in 1935 and her dog Pudgy

Bette Boop balloon has appeared in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Each year, a Betty Boop and Baby Boop Look-a-Like Contest is held in Montebello, California (last one was July 20, 2013)

Enjoy Riding the Rails (1938), her only Oscar nomination