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The Fat Albert Halloween Special (1977)

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When Fat Albert and his friends go to the movie theater, there is a poster on the lobby wall for a movie called, "The Chicken Heart That Ate New York." This is a reference to one of Bill Cosby's early stand-up comedy routines, called "Chicken Heart," in which Cosby describes listening to the 1940's radio show, "Inner Sanctum," as a child, and being scared to death by an episode featuring a giant chicken heart that ate New York City.
Fat Albert was a show I'd watch regulary every Saturday morning, and enjoyed despite the fact that I had no idea at the time who this "Bill Cosby" guy was, and why he was the sole live-action character in an otherwise animated series. And when this special premiered in 1977, it stood out from other Halloween specials of the day, not only because it featured kids wandering around gritty urban streets that were just a little threatening to this 6-year old kid from the suburbs, but also because their world seemed populated by adults who were hostile to kids.

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