In case you haven't had much cause to keep up with Sesame Street lately, let me tell you: Cookie Monster ain't what he used to be. When I was a kid, Cookie was pure id, endlessly and unapologetically indulging in his love of cookies. But with children's obesity on the rise, the makers of Sesame Street have opted to retool Cookie Monster a bit, urging him to learn to control his impulses. One such lesson is taught in the above parody of Life of Pi with Cookie in the role of the tiger Richard Parker.
"Life of Whoopie Pie" is a story of an unlikely friendship and incredible survival. A boy named Whoopie Pie is stranded in the middle of the ocean in a boat made of chocolate chip cookies. As if this situation weren't harrowing enough, he's not alone on the boat. He shares it with a ravenous beast: Cookie Monster! Can Cookie control himself so he doesn't eat their boat right out from under them?
Cookie Monster has been on a roll lately when it comes to charming movie parodies. Sesame Street has been churning them out to delight kids while teaching them lessons about regulation and executive function skills. Over the summer, Cookie's Crumby Pictures banner released "The Biscotti Kid" a cute Karate Kid parody that had Cookie Monster playing a karate student who must learn to listen, and listen to learn! Snacks on! Snacks off!
Last November he donned a braided brunette wig to play Cookieness Evereat in " The Hungry Games: Catching Fur," a Hunger Games: Catching Fire-inspired clip.
Then with the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug last month, Cookie fronted a Lord of the Rings parody called "Lords of the Crumbs." Playing a cookie-obsessed creature called Gobble, Cookie Monster learns about delayed gratification and the importance of remembering in baking cookies of his own in the fires of Mount Crumb! Well, as long as that pesky wizard gets out of his way.
Hopefully it won't be long until another one of these comes around.