Cookie Monster Day is a holiday dedicated to the beloved character that has had a major impact on many generations of Americans. Surely you know all the inhabitants of Sesame Street – this is Cookie Monster, Elmo, Grumpy Oscar, Big Bird. But today we are talking about only one character – Cookie Monster, who cannot live without his favorite chocolate chip cookie. But if there is no treat, the monster is able to eat everything that is nearby.
Cookie Monster Day is celebrated on November 2nd, the day in 1969 when Cookie Monster, created by Jim Henson, was first introduced. It is noteworthy that the character of the monster appeared in the series without a specific role, moreover, he did not have a name. Only in the second season did the character get his name and become a beloved hero.
Few people know that Cookie Monster’s television career began in 1966 – he was used in an advertisement for General Mills snacks, although the video did not air. In 1967, the monster was shown in an IBM training video about a self-destructing coffee break machine. Later, the prototype fairy-tale monster appeared in several commercials for the Munchos potato snack. It would seem that the character could continue to build an advertising career, but the Sesame Street project appeared.
- The character of the monster appeared in the series without a specific role, and without a name, until the second season.
- The characteristics of the monster are bulging eyes, a funny laugh, the phrase: “I want cookies!”, and a good appetite.
- In order to promote healthy eating, the authors composed a song for Cookie Monster about the principles of proper nutrition.
- Until 2001, the character was played by Frank Oz. After 2001, most of the characters were played by David Rudman.
How to take part
To take part in Cookie Monster Day, you can watch Sesame Street with your kids, either online or on DVDs. Prepare chocolate chip cookies as a treat, or buy them from the store. Younger children can also read books from the Sesame Street series.
When is Cookie Monster Day celebrated in 2023?
Cookie Monster Day is observed on November 2 each year.