Saturday, January 17, 2009

Classic Sesame Street: C is for Cookie, A Sometimes Food

Did you know that Cookie Monster actually began life as The Potato Chip Monster? Jim Henson first used Cookie Monster in a 1969 commercial for "Munchos", a chip made by Frito-Lay at the time.

According to the Muppet Wiki,

"He occasionally displays an unexpectedly complex vocabulary, however, and is at his most gentrified when in his Alistair Cookie persona, hosting Monsterpiece Theater."

In this particular Monsterpiece Theater, Grover is starring in a production of The Postman Always Rings Twice. Grover anticpates the postman, who marks his arrival by ringing the doorbell twice

"C is for Cookie" is the quintessential Cookie Monster moment. I don't think I need to say too much else.

A couple of years ago, CTW announced that Cookie Monster would now be encouraging healthy eating habits, with cookies being "a sometimes food". Anyone who has been the following clip, however, would hardly consider this very suprising. Here, Cookie Monster pays homage to RUN-DMC while giving props to the USDA Food Pyramid:

The last one is a clip from The Colbert Report. Someone decided to chop it up and give the clip unnecessary visual and sound effects, but most of the report is still there:

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