Cookie Monster is a Muppet on the long-running children's television
show Sesame Street. He is best known for his voracious appetite and
his famous eating phrases, such as "Me want cookie!" "Me eat cookie!"
and "Om nom nom nom" (said through a mouth full of food). He eats
almost anything, including normally inedible objects. However, as his
name suggests, his preferred food is cookies. Chocolate chip cookies
are his favorite kind. In a song in 2004,
Cookie Monster revealed
that, before he ate his first cookie, he believed his name was Sid or
Sidney. Despite his voracious appetite for cookies, Cookie
Monster shows awareness of healthy eating habits for young children
and also enjoys fruits and eggplant.
He is known to have a mother, a younger sister, and an
identically-designed cousin (who ironically does not like cookies),
who all share his characteristic navy blue fur and "googly eyes." He
also has a father, who appeared in a
Monsterpiece Theater sketch
promoting energy conservation, water conservation and
environmentalism. Both Cookie Monster's mother and father share his
enormous appetite and craving for cookies. He and his Sesame Street
friends are popular motifs on T-shirts.
3 Casting history
5 Cultural references
6 See also
8 External links
The book Jim Henson's Designs and Doodles explains Cookie Monster's
origin as follows: "In 1966, Henson drew three monsters that ate
cookies and appeared in a
General Foods commercial that featured
three crunchy snack foods: Wheels, Crowns and Flutes. Each snack was
represented by a different monster. The Wheel-Stealer was a short,
fuzzy monster with wonky eyes and sharply pointed teeth. The
Flute-Snatcher was a speed demon with a long, sharp nose and windblown
hair. The Crown-Grabber was a hulk of a monster with a Boris Karloff
accent and teeth that resembled giant knitting needles."[citation
"These monsters had insatiable appetites for the snack foods they were
named after. Each time the Muppet narrator, a human-looking fellow,
fixes himself a tray of Wheels, Flutes and Crowns, they disappear
before he can eat them. One by one, the monsters sneak in and zoom
away with the snacks. Frustrated and peckish, the narrator warns
viewers that these pesky monsters could be disguised as someone in
your own home, at which point the monsters briefly turn into people
and then dissolve back to monsters again."
As it turns out, these commercials were never aired — but all three
monsters had a future in the Muppet cast. The "Crown-Grabber" was used
in a sketch on The Ed Sullivan Show, in which he ruins a girl's
beautiful day. Known from then on as the Beautiful Day Monster, he
made a number of appearances on
Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. The
"Flute-Snatcher" turned into Snake Frackle, a background monster from
The Great Santa Claus Switch and The Muppet Show.
In 1967, Henson used the "Wheel-Stealer" puppet for an
film called Coffee Break Machine. In the sketch, called "The Computer
Dinner", the monster (with frightening eyes and fangs) devours a
complex coffee making machine as it describes its different parts.
When he is finished, the machine announces the monster has activated
the machine's anti-vandalism system, which contains the most powerful
explosives known to man. The monster promptly explodes. This sketch
was also performed in October, 1967 on The Ed Sullivan Show. It was
also later performed on the
George Burns episode of The Muppet Show'
using the Luncheon Counter Monster.
Two years later, Henson used a similarly-designed and equally ravenous
monster for three commercials selling Munchos, a
chip. This time, the puppet was called Arnold, the Munching Monster.
After the three ads were produced, Henson had the opportunity to renew
the contract. He chose not to, because at that point he was working on
Sesame Street — and that monster puppet was moving on to the next
stage in his career. According to Frank Oz, in a
later routine the then unnamed monster won a quiz show and for winning
was "given the choice of $10,000 cash, a new car, a trip to Hawaii, or
a cookie." He took the cookie and from then on he was Cookie
Cookie Monster, still unnamed, made his
Sesame Street debut in the
first episode, interfering with Kermit the Frog's "famous W lecture"
by eating a model "W" bit by bit. He turns it into an "N," a "V," and
finally an "I," to Kermit's frustration. He then tries to eat
It was during the first season that
Cookie Monster got his name and
began using the growly vernacular (e.g., "Me eat cookie!") that would
become part of his character. His signature song, "C Is For Cookie",
was first aired during the 1971–72 season, and became one of the
best-known songs from Sesame Street.
According to the 1978 special Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, Cookie
Monster is allergic to peanut butter cookies and hazelnut cookies.
In 2006, in response to growing concerns about record levels of
childhood obesity in the United States,
Sesame Street began airing
segments titled Healthy Habits for Life. In these segments, the Muppet
Sesame Street talk about healthy habits, such as eating
properly and exercising. The
Healthy Habits for Life segments spawned
Internet rumors that Cookie Monster's name had been changed to Veggie
Monster or would be taken off the show entirely.
In a 2007 appearance on Martha Stewart's TV program, Cookie Monster
explained his new philosophy that "Cookies are a sometimes food."
On February 10, 2008,
NPR host Elizabeth Blair interviewed Cookie
Monster for the
All Things Considered
All Things Considered segment In Character. He
answered the Proust Questionnaire, as well as revealing some of his
favorite and non-favorite things.
In a June 19, 2008, appearance on The Colbert Report, Cookie Monster
again explained that "Cookies are a sometimes food." Colbert had asked
Cookie Monster had "abandoned the pro-cookie agenda"
and thus caused fruit to become the favorite snack of American
children, according to a study Colbert had heard. Colbert criticized
Cookie Monster for not wearing a cookie lapel pin.
Cookie Monster also
claimed to have "crazy times during the '70s and '80s," referring to
himself as "the Robert Downey, Jr. of cookies." After eating a cookie
to prove he still likes cookies,
Cookie Monster asked if the Peabody
Award, a round medallion on a small pedestal, was a cookie. When
Colbert returned to speak to
Cookie Monster at the end of the show,
the award had disappeared and
Cookie Monster was wiping his mouth with
On November 24, 2010,
Cookie Monster started a
Facebook page as part
of a campaign to host Saturday Night Live. Though his bid to host
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live failed, he was allowed to appear with Jeff Bridges
when he hosted the show and sing the Christmas song "Silver
Frank Oz – From 1969 to 2004
David Rudman – From 2001 to present
Jim Henson – in commercials and The Ed Sullivan Show
Joe Raposo – in "Everyone Likes Ice Cream"
Caroll Spinney – in a 1969 sketch in which various monsters whisper
the letter C.
Eric Jacobson – occasionally since 2001
David Rudman officially became
Cookie Monster in Sesame Street's 2002
season (taped 2001), but the year before that, Rudman shared the part
with Eric Jacobson, Frank Oz's primary successor. Once Jacobson was
Grover and Bert,
Sesame Workshop chose Rudman as Cookie
Monster to allow for more interaction between
Cookie Monster and
Frank Oz still performs
Cookie Monster and his other
Sesame Street characters a couple of times per year.
Various toys and other icons of the
Cookie Monster have been produced
over the years. The most obvious is a cookie jar, of which numerous
types have been available.
Numerous children's books featuring
Cookie Monster have been published
over the years:
Happy Birthday, Cookie Monster
Cookie Monster's Kitchen
Cookie Monster's Christmas
A Cookie Gone Wrong - Monster's Story
Biggest Cookie in the World
Cookie Monster and the Cookie Tree
Cookie Monster's Good Time to Eat
Cookie Monster's Blue Book
Cookie Monster, Where are You?
Cookie Monster's Activity Book
Cookie Monster Mammoth Color
Cookie Monster's Book of Cookie Shapes
Monster and the Surprise Cookie
Sesame Street: Wanted, the Great Cookie Thief
Familiar to generations of
Sesame Street watchers,
Cookie Monster is
remembered for his gluttony and his distinctive voice.
In 1990 U.S. Budget Director
Richard Darman wrote an introduction to
the federal budget with a section "Green Eyeshades and the Cookie
Monster" in which he called Cookie "the quintessential consumer," and
the enormous budget "the Ultimate Cookie Monster."
As all monsters are,
Cookie Monster is initially intimidating. His
manner is gruff. His clumsiness occasionally causes damage. But
Cookie Monster comes to be seen as benign—indeed, downright
friendly. He has a few bad habits. He cannot resist gobbling up
anything and everything that might be consumed, especially cookies.
And he cannot quite control the way he spews forth crumbs. He is the
quintessential consumer... The budget, for all its intimidating
detail, might be seen similarly: as the Ultimate Cookie Monster. ...
Its massive presence might be understood as little more than a
compilation of cookies received, cookies crumbled, and crumbs spewed
forth. Yet, apt though the
Cookie Monster perspective may be, it does
— U.S. Budget Director Richard Darman, unpublished version of the
introduction to President Bush's 1991 Federal budget
Food Network program
Good Eats episode "Three Chips for Sister
Marsha" (first aired December 13, 2000), a puppet named Maj. Wilfred
D. Cookie who looks like a green version of
Cookie Monster appears.
Asked about his well-known "brother", he responds, "I told you never
to mention that ruffian. All he knows about cookies is how to shovel
them into his face." In the Fox animated series
Family Guy episode
Cookie Monster is shown in a psychiatric
hospital, repeatedly foiling drug rehab-styled efforts to cure his
Trekkie Monster in
Avenue Q is loosely based on Cookie Monster.
We wanted his name to indicate that he was obsessed, like Cookie
Monster is obsessed with cookies. So we used 'Trekkie' both because it
sounded like 'cookie' and because Trekkies are, by definition,
— Jeff Marx,
Avenue Q composer and lyricist
John Lennon's song "Hold On," recorded in 1970 (only a year after
Sesame Street debuted), features Lennon shouting "Cookie!" in Cookie
Monster's voice, in the middle of the instrumental break in an
otherwise calm, quiet song.
The guttural singing style in death metal bands is commonly (if
facetiously) compared to Cookie Monster's low-pitched, gravelly
Family Guy episode "Back to the Pilot", due to alterations in
the past, Stewie thinks
Cookie Monster could have invented Facebook;
in this timeline, he would have called it "Cookiebook". In The
Empire Strikes Back spoof "Something, Something, Something, Dark
Cookie Monster is cast as the Wampa.
In another sci-fi related takeoff, the
Star Wars spoof Hardware Wars
features "Chewchilla the Wookiee Monster" in the role of
Cookie Monster also appears in MAD, first in "Mouse M.D", a parody of
House M.D., then as the main character in "Cookie Blue," a parody of
Rookie Blue.
When the Apple personal assistant
Siri is asked the question, "what is
zero divided by zero," she responds with the answer: "Imagine that you
have zero cookies and you split them evenly among zero friends. How
many cookies does each person get? See? It doesn’t make sense. And
Cookie Monster is sad that there are no cookies, and you are sad that
you have no friends."
On March 16, 2016, Apple released an ad titled "Timer" starring Cookie
Monster, where he uses the "Hey Siri" feature in the iPhone 6S to set
a timer and play an album while he waits for cookies to bake.
A popular internet parody of The Great Wave off Kanagawa, titled "Sea
is for Cookie", was created for a
Adobe Photoshop competition.
The piece features the wave with googly eyes and cookies in the crest,
Cookie Monster eating cookies.
Fictional characters portal
Cookie Monster Munch
C Is For Cookie
Cookie Monster vocals
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