Cookie Monster, My Personal Hero

Cookie Monster, My Personal Hero

Posted on Nov 15th, 2008 by Marmalade : Gaia Child Marmalade
Cookie Monster has made several appearances on tv over the years.  Early versions of him started off in commercials.  As we know him now, he has been on some tv shows and he was on NPR once

I remember hearing him on NPR being interviewed by Elizabeth Blair.  It was a good interview considering that it was radio and Cookie Monster’s humor is largely physical.

More recently, I saw the Cookie Monster on the Colbert Report and Colbert handled him very well.  Cookie Monster came on the show with a new message.  He now realizes that cookies are a “sometime food”. 

I just came across his appearance on the Martha Stewart Show.  Of course, Martha Stewart was trying to show him how to make cookies, but she had no concept of how to relate to him.  She seems to lack any sense of playful humor and Cookie Monster wasn’t making it easy for her.  The funny part is how Martha Stewart initially tries to relate to him by petting him.

In case you’re interested, here is a visual presentation of Cookie Monster’s life from the Muppet Wiki:

The Evolution of Cookie Monster (1966-present)

Image As seen in Year Notes
The Wheel Stealer puppet 1966 Cookie Monster, first known as the Wheel Stealer in unaired commercials for General Foods’ Wheels, Crowns and Flutes snacks.
IBM training film “Coffee Break Machine” and
The Ed Sullivan Show
1967 This version of the puppet retains his teeth and is greenish-blue in color.
Munchos commercials 1969 Arnold, a smaller, younger-looking version of Wheel Stealer puppet, appears in the Munchos commercials. The puppet has lost its teeth and is closer in color to the Cookie Monster that will premiere on Sesame Street.
Sesame Street
Season 1
1969-1970 Cookie Monster, back to his normal size, gets his name and trademark blue color on the first season of Sesame Street.
Sesame Street
Season 3
1971-1982 In the third season of Sesame Street, Cookie’s eyes are moved slightly higher on his head, further away from his mouth.
Sesame Street 1982-present Cookie’s fur is fluffier, and the size of the googly pupils has been adjusted.
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Nicole : wakingdreamer

about 17 hours later

Nicole said

i had no idea how much he has evolved! i feel like breaking into “C is for Cookie, that’s good enough for me” :):)

Marmalade : Gaia Explorer

about 23 hours later

Marmalade said

I didn’t know anything about Cookie Monster’s past until I came across the Muppet Wiki.  I like how he originally preferred to eat machinery.  He must’ve eaten too much hard crunchy machines because he then lost his teeth.  This led to his lean years where he shrank and began changing colors.  Fortunately, he discovered the healing powers of cookies and found new passion in life which eventually led to his present fame and fortune.

Cookie Monster’s life is certainly admirable.  Its difficult for a monster to make it in this world.  That said, I don’t mean any offense to Cookie Monster’s singing ability, but I’ve always had a fondness for Ernie’s “Rubber Ducky” song.

Nicole : wakingdreamer

1 day later

Nicole said

no offense taken, Cookie is no Pavarotti 🙂 and I will always have a very warm place in my heart for Ernie’s Rubber Ducky song. One of the all time classics of Sesame Street.

And – I’ve missed your zany humour. Hugs!

Marmalade : Gaia Explorer

2 days later

Marmalade said

The Rubber Ducky song is one of those tunes that is permanently stuck in my head.  There are worst songs to have in your head.

Zany?  Oh, I guess.  My zany side has to come out eventually.  My zany side is always there, but it doesn’t always get expressed.  Even when depressed, my sense of humor keeps me balanced.