Sesame Street’s Genius Parodies Continue With Jurassic Cookie


By Karen Valenzuela, @VictoriaNoir89

The following article has been rated SC for Self-Control.

Sesame Street has created another pop culture parody video. This time, our favorite puppets star in a parody of Jurassic Park (1993), a film that enjoyed great success upon its first release. So much so that director Steven Spielberg requested Michael Crichton, author of the original book, to write a sequel, which Spielberg then adapted into a film in 1997, The Lost World: Jurassic Park. In 2001, a third film was released called Jurassic Park III.

With the fourth installment, Jurassic World, soon to be released in theaters, it seems like the perfect time for Sesame Street creators and puppeteers to parody the original film. And they did a fantastic job, capturing some of my favorite moments in “Jurassic Park” with subtlety and genius. This is not surprising. Their Game of Thrones and Avengers parodies are two of my personal favorites, but “Jurassic Cookie” really takes the cake. Or should I say…cookie? (Sorry.)

“Jurassic Cookie” stars the furry, blue, baked goods connoisseur known to everyone as Cookie Monster. He’s enjoyed a flurry of fun movie parodies recently under the studio name Cookie’s Crumby Pictures. From “The Spy Who Loved Cookies” and “Twilight: Breaking Cookies,” to “When Cookie Met Sally” and “The Biscotti Kid,” it seems nothing is off-limits for Cookie Monster.

This makes complete sense, considering Cookie Monster’s legendary issues with self-control. Issues he’s been sincerely attempting to deal with lately, what with segments like the one with Tom Hiddleston about delayed gratification and the short spell of Cookie Monster enjoying vegetables instead of cookies (that didn’t work out).

That being said, Cookie Monster has trouble with self-control in this one. And it’s glorious, especially because they dressed him up as overzealous dinosaur enthusiast John Hammond. Cookie Monster looking like Richard Attenborough? Yes, please. He’s even wearing glasses, and there’s a watch on his cute furry wrist.

The thing that always stands out the most to me about the Sesame Street parodies is their attention to detail. The Sesame Street creators have a tendency to insert little Easter eggs that prove how well read they are on film and television pop culture. “Jurassic Cookie” has a few of those, and I don’t want to spoil it, so you’ll just have to watch for yourselves:

Jurassic World hits theaters this Friday, June 12, and stars Parks and Recreation’s Chris Pratt as a dinosaur whisperer. If that doesn’t sell you, I don’t know what will.
And one more thing: In case of giant prehistoric cookie emergency, just hula!

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