has long been on the cutting edge of early learning, drumming up creative ways to introduce children to numbers, vocabulary and other concepts. For this, it has endeared itself to generations of children who have grown up, started families and introduced their children to the beloved program.
Apart from being on top of the best-practices-for-raising-children gig, the folks at Sesame Street
also know theirs isn't the only piece of pop culture youngsters are consuming and have reached out to some of them to create some parodies that are instructive for kids—and a little eerie for adults.
In "Lord of the Crumbs," Cookie Monster must use his memory and self control to mix and bake a batch of cookies with the help of a faerie princess and a wizard—a la Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings
—while an impulsive version of himself, reminiscent of Gollum, encourages the sweets-loving monster to eat unhealthy things like whole cups of chocolate chips and raw eggs.
In "The Hungry Games: Catching Fur," Cookie Monster has volunteered as Tribute on the promise of cookies but as he makes his way through the jungle, he and his friends—including a pita named after Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games
—must use their wits and pattern-identifying abilities to overcome obstacles they encounter, including irate monkeys and a fog that inexplicably tickles people.
Other installments include "Homelamb," "Cookies of the Caribbean" and "Upside Downton Abbey." All of them will tickle your pop-culture funny bone while doing a better job at reminding you of your first conscious learning experiences better than your therapist.