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Cookie Monster Through the Years

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The evolution of Cookie Monster.

Image As seen in / Year Notes
Wheelscookie
unaired Wheels, Crowns and Flutes commercial
(1966)
Cookie Monster, first known as the Wheel-Stealer in an unaired commercial for General Foods' Wheels, Crowns and Flutes snacks.
CookieEarly
IBM training film "Coffee Break Machine" and
The Ed Sullivan Show
(1967)
The monster retains his teeth and his fur is dark green with a few brown-black patches.
ArnoldMunchosMonster
Munchos commercials
(1969)
Arnold, a smaller, younger-looking version of the Wheel Stealer puppet, is created for commercials for Munchos. The puppet has lost its teeth and has light purple fur, appearing closer to the Cookie Monster that will debut on Sesame Street.
EarlyCookie
Sesame Street
Season 1 - early
Season 2
(1969 - 1971)
Back to his normal size and gaining his trademark blue fur, the monster puppet becomes Cookie Monster during the first season of Sesame Street. This puppet is scruffy and floppy as it is extremely loose and expressive.
Cookie-1970s
Sesame Street
later
Season 2
(1971 - 1982)
Late in the second season, a more refined Cookie puppet is built with a squarer jaw. His eyes are moved higher on his head; further away from his mouth. For a few seasons, Cookie’s googly pupils are placed slightly lower, occasionally giving the impression that he’s looking downward.
Cookie82

Cookie.FBvideo
Sesame Street
(1982-present)
Since around the mid-80s, two design variants for Cookie Monster have been used interchangeably: One follows the previous puppet design with a wide mouth and shorter shag fur; the other has a smaller, more curved mouth. Overall, Cookie's fur is now fluffier and lighter in color, and the size of his googly pupils has been adjusted.

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