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Sesame Street Special "The Cookie Thief"

Discussion in 'Season 45' started by Phillip, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    This Monday be sure to watch "The Cookie Thief" on PBS Kids, an all-new Sesame Street special. The cookie-munching thriller guest stars Rachel Dratch from Saturday Night Live and celebrates the arts.

    Artwork is disappearing from the Museum of Modern Cookies and Cookie Monster is the prime suspect. Can Elmo, Abby and Chris clear their friend’s name? Find out when the new special airs Monday February 16 on PBS in Sesame Street's regular time slot. Check local listings for times in your area.


    In addition to being the first Sesame Street special in years, "The Cookie Thief" will also feature the final performance of veteran Muppeteer Fran Brill (Prairie Dawn, Zoe) who has had an incredible career working with the Muppets since 1970. Fran, we thank you for the joy that you've brought to people worldwide for the past 45 years.


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  2. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    That was a pretty good special; I can definitely see it getting a DVD release later this year. The skits with Grover were great, I could see the international shows using them as Muppet bits. I liked the songs too; Cookie's song after they were thrown out was nigh-hearbreaking.

    I do wish that it had its own intro and credit sequence, instead of giving it the standard SS theme opening.

    And the ultimate in-joke: Fran's last line as Prairie is saying she needs to retire.
  3. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I missed most of the first half, but this was a good special. I wasn't expecting segments from the show to be included. I guess they couldn't make it long enough. And for some reason, there wasn't an end credits sequence (at least not on my PBS station).

    The fact that this special had segments from the show makes me wonder if this would make for a good pledge drive special, since the other Sesame Street pledge drive specials had segments (but they also had celebrity montage songs and this one didn't, unless I missed it and I probably haven't).
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Something tells me it was just part of the package presentation of this special. I bet it gets a proper opening on DVD.

    Very good, if a little repetitive. Rachel Dratch stole the show as the guard at the museum. There was a real good balance between the plotline and those great Grover interstitials. Though I thought the Mona Lisa didn't smile because she had a toothace (someone's gotta get that).

    That statue Cookie Monster puppet looked weird. It actually resembled the usually inaccurately fur-lacking plush toys somehow. I see they reused that Grover sculpture prop all the way from Global Grover too. And since when do Honkers sing? Nice to see they at least used one old face in the crowds, though.

    I don't really have much to say for the filler footage at the end. The Terry Crews Word of the day is further proof he needs to work with the Muppets more often. Nice to see OK Go's bit again, but the real surprise was the finally broadcast in the US Ernie and Bert's Great Adventures Night Watchmen skit. I did see it back on Youtube in Spanish, but this is the first time I've seen it otherwise. Shame it took them to fill out time for a special to see it in show.
  5. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Another thing: I liked how the lessons of executive functioning and self-regulation weren't as obvious/heavy-handed as they've been on the show. They were a lot more subtle here.
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  6. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Heh, so it looks like I was right to leave when Rachael was about to sing a sappy song to Little Cookie as the end of the special.

    Lack of proper intro? Yeah, that'll get taken care of in the DVD release, as well as not have the beginning broken off from the rest of the special by the usual Sesame Street commercial sponsors.
    Recognized Joey as voicing Leonardo DaCrunchy.
    The bits with Grover were a highlight... But I really liked Prairie as the knowledgeable tour guide.
    Was that the cookie puppet from Abby in Wonderland as the Cookie Thief?

    The whole special gave me a feel of Don't Eat The Pictures crossed with that episode where Mr. Big tried to steal the famed Rainbow Monkey Lisa. Enjoyable, but like "most" SW specials, one viewing is usually enough for me as the repetetive songs would probably steer me away from a multiple watching.
  7. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I'll be more surprised if they can actually use the opening theme song on the DVD release.

    Mr. Peabody already did that.

    At the end of A Muppet Family Christmas, during the carol sing, a Honker can be seen singing along with the other Muppets.
  8. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    It was the same puppet as "Chewie" in the Star S'mores bit. Only, they added a pair of arms to him.
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  9. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Yeah. It's nice that those were included. Was the WOTD with the Count and Abby new though? I haven't seen that one before. "B & E's Great Adventures" was probably repeated since that was Steve as Ernie. Plus I recall seeing that one before. Still, it's nice that the segment popped up one more time.

    Yeah. It's always interesting to see Prairie's frustration with Cookie's uncontrollable habits. I hope these types of sketches continue with whoever performs Prairie next. Prairie: "I think I'm ready to retire." Nice subtle hint there. The Grover bits are always the best as well. Him and his thousands of jobs. :)

    I liked the Scooby-Doo quotes as well: "Jinkies" and "Zoinks." All that was missing was. "I would have gotten away with it if it weren't for that meddling Cookie Monster."

    Plus I recall seeing him in a "Furchester Hotel" ep as well. For a puppet of an inanimate object, that guy sure gets around. :)
  10. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    There are many Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures segments that were produced in 2008 and 2009 that still haven't aired on the American version of Sesame Street. I assume that English vocals were recorded back then.
  11. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    So you're saying that there are some that we may not have seen? That's interesting. It would be nice if they'd bring that segment back. Though if Billy is the primary performer of Ernie now, they may be staying away from segments that use Steve's Ernie. But I don't know since we don't know that for sure. Plus it probably would be possible since we still hear Kevin as Elmo in ETM. Just something to think about.
  12. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Good special, I certainly enjoyed it through and through.

    I really like how Cookie Monster has been getting a lot of focus these last few years, he really deserve it, and it certainly continues to boost the Cookie kick I've been on for years now. And I mentioned some time back that I'm glad Grover has floppy fingers again, haven't I?

    I was thrown off at first that the special started out being treated as just another typical episode of SST - in fact, I was beginning to wonder if maybe my PBS was airing a typical episode instead.

    One thing I really appreciated was the running gags, which were definitely throwbacks to classic gags SST has used before, particularly the music cue unsettling Chris, Cookie, and Elmo whenever someone mentions catching the cookie thief.

    The Cookie and Prairie moments also had that nice throwback feel to them as well (am I imagining things, or did Prairie seem like she was a hot neon pink?) I'm reminded of an old issue of SST Magazine I have in storage somewhere that had Prairie as a curator of an art museum. Also, I couldn't help but feel that Prairie saying, "Maybe it's time for me to retire," was Fran's way of giving us loyal fans a nod for her final performance . . . and I also have a feeling that was intentional too. I'm happy to learn Stephanie's going to step up to the plate, I felt she was the logical choice all along.

    I loved the Cookie Patrol. Their repetitive number when they try to catch the cookie thief, as well as the cheesy cartoonish chase sequences were fun to watch. Rachel Dratch as the museum guard seemed a tad inconsistent - at times, she seemed really flat, as if she really didn't want to be there, but other times, she had more enthusiam, moreso as the special progressed. I also like this exchange:

    RACHEL: I guess I owe somebody an apology.
    Awkward silence.
    CHRIS: Well?
    RACHEL: Well what?
    CHRIS: What about the apology?
    RACHEL: Oh yeah. (To penguin) I'm sorry, Ethan. You were right, Cookie Monster wasn't the cookie thief all along.

    Speaking of numbers, the songs were all really enjoyable as well, I just can't really decide which one I liked best.

    My only minor quibble is I think it would have been nice if the story filled in the full hour, but it's not that big a deal.

    So... yeah, I liked the special.
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  13. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I feel it would have been better if the segments were put in the middle, sort of like an "intermission" from the story.

    I wonder if the guards here would qualify as "Police are Useless".
  14. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Actually, now that you mention it, I agree with that. Many past SST specials have done similar formats like that, so yeah, if they couldn't have filled the entire hour, intermezzo segments and inserts may have worked a bit better.

    I don't think so. They weren't useless, they were trying to do their job - they just, unfortunately, believed Cookie Monster was the cookie thief, but that was justifiable: Cookie was having trouble controling himself, particularly wanting to get a closer look at the Muncha Lisa, which was the first to disappear; as far as the cookie patrol was concerned, Cookie was the logical suspect.
  15. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    I must say that was one spectacular special! Well-written plot, catchy music, enjoyable one liners...it almost felt like a half hour SS version of MMW with a hint of Don't Eat the Pictures! Rachel Dratch's role as the museum guard was semi-reminiscent to Tina Fey's role as Nadya...but that's just me! The little parody skits with Grover were super enjoyable, both Prairie and Abby's roles were delightful...all in all, it just a great unending ride of fun! Except for one thing...

    Like a few other people on here, I honestly wish they would cut out the regular opening and closing credit sequence, JUST THIS ONCE! They really should get rid of it next season, but I'm getting off track! Either way, there's really no need to include the regular opening and closing credit sequence for specials like this.

    Some other great observations about the main special: during "We Love Cookie Art", I'm sure we all noticed the Honker cameo, but at the same time, did anybody else besides me notice the cameo made by the lavender Anything Muppet man from the Season 2 skit where Cookie Monster is trying to identify which nearby building is a school?

    And of course Prairie's final line was a swell inside joke to Fran's final production with performing was hysterical yet a tad bittersweet! (Just as bittersweet as The Count's final line in the Jerry tribute, and Elmo's final line in "Lights Camera, Bert!")

    For the rest of the episode...it's great that we got to see the artist word of the day bit 3 days early! Awesome to see a skit with Abby and The Count doing what they do best! Terry did a lovely job portraying each of the 5 kinds of artists! The following film was pretty good, I'll admit. Last but not least...it was great to at long last see a new Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures clip for the first time in a couple years- a cool way to end the episode/special!
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  16. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Even though the special has already aired, PBS is still advertising it.

    As a movie, for some reason.
  17. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    It's airing throughout the week, so yeah they're still advertising it.
  18. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    I can't wait to see it!
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  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    They seem to do a better job of it when Cookie Monster's the subject because it's so natural to the character. I'd say it was subtle enough here to even wonder if that was an intended part of the special or just a coincidence. They didn't repeat all the techniques to calm down like they usually do. Then again, it would be hard to have a special about Cookie Monster without having that sort of thing integral to the plot.

    Checked my local listings. This special will rerun Wednesday, in between 2 new episodes this week.
  20. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    So is that official now? Steph will be the new Prairie? Where did you hear that? Will she be Zoe as well? I know I'm asking a lot of questions, but I can't help being curious here.

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