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Cookie Monster Cools out in Jurassic Park

by John Thomas

Some of the best parodies riff on things that are really current, and really popular. Which is exactly what Sesame Street did when it baked together a skit poking fun at Jurassic World. As with any Sesame Street bit, there is a message for kids, and this one focuses on self-control.

In the sketch, Cookie Monster plays a scientist who takes a tiny piece of cookie found in an ancient rock and turns it into an enormous cookie dinosaur. That creature is then used as the main attraction at the Jurassic Cookie theme park. When Dr. Cookie Monster and his colleagues finally see their huge gingerbread-looking dinosaur cookie creation, they freak out and flee in their 4-wheeler. The massive, prehistoric cookie chases them, and they scurry to their cookie-jar shaped lab. “First time cookie ever tried to eat me!” exclaims Cookie Monster.

There are a lot of clever nods to the classic film, including puddles rippling menacingly as the Cookiesaurus clomps closer, and when we see his massive eye looking through a lab door window in search of Cookie Monster and his assistants. The clip is all about teaching kids to “stay calm and think,” but the ending, which I won’t spoil, is a lot more clever than I expected and ends up as one of those Simpson-like cartoons that both adults and kids can dig.

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