The Cookie Thief

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A promotional image for the special.

The Cookie Thief is a 2015 Sesame Street special that aired on PBS Kids on February 16, 2015.[1] The film is set in a new museum on Sesame Street, the Museum of Cookie Art and features the Cookie Monster, who has to deal with suspicion that he is eating all of the museum's exhibits. Starring Rachel Dratch.[2][3]

This was one of Fran Brill's final works before she retired from puppeteer work. As of 2016, and the following season, Stephanie D'Abruzzo will be Prairie Dawn and Jennifer Barnhart will be Zoe.


A new museum, the Museum of Cookie Art, has opened on Sesame Street and Cookie Monster has decided to attend with his friends Chris and Elmo where Prairie Dawn is working there as a tour guide. Upon seeing the art, which parodies art masterpieces such as da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Cookie Monster wants to eat everything he sees, prompting Chris to remind him that he can only look at it and not eat it. Even a female security guard (Rachel Dratch) tends to catch him almost committing the acts. However, when the cookie paintings start disappearing, the female security guard and the Penguin security guards believe that Cookie Monster is the thief. Elmo decides to take on the role of detective to figure out who stole them. He finds a trail of cookie crumbs and chocolate chips, which he correctly guesses proves the thief to be an anthropomorphic chocolate chip cookie. The trio tries to tell the guards, who do not believe them and throw them out of the museum.

Once outside, they manage to contact Abby Cadabby who magically transforms them into a painting. She then takes the painting to museum, where it is displayed and then stolen by the Cookie Thief. They then change back to their normal forms and, along with the museum's guards who now believe in Cookie Monster's innocence, chase the thief.

Upon capture the Cookie Thief confesses to his crimes, which he explains he only did because of his love for cookie art. Cookie explains that while he understands his motivations, that if he stole the paintings then no one else could enjoy the artwork. He then tells the Cookie Thief that he can create his own cookie art and have it displayed in the museum, which the thief does.


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The A.V. Club graded the special a "C" rating, criticizing it for its flimsy plot and commenting that it was a lackluster special.[4]

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  1. ^ Venable, Nick. "Sesame Street Will Spinoff Cookie Monster, Get The Details". Cinema Blend. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  2. ^ Freydkin, Donna. "Cookie Monster steals the show in PBS special". USA Today. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  3. ^ Steinberg, Brian. "Cookie Monster Gets First Special on PBS' Kids Lineup". Variety. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  4. ^ Vago, Mike. "Sesame Street: The Cookie Thief". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 17 October 2015.

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