scary squirrel world THE COOKIE MONSTER 

From Patriot Mark McIlree, a slavering skwerlball caught on film during a daylight home invasion. In windows media - 3.5mb - click screenshot to play.

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This is a truly disturbing video... Just imagine if it got to the gun cabinet...... We must stop this fluffy tail menace!!!


The archetypal action film, The Cookie Monster is also one of the richest works to ever be committed to celluloid. The protagonist (Squirrel) is extraordinarily realized; he has his own arc, his own vital part to play in the film's slow progression towards its dramatic finale. The Cookie Monster is put together using an exceeding degree of artistry; each and every shot, each action sequence, is exquisitely composed; and yet none seems contrived or out-of-place within the overall fabric of the work. Everything is beautifully conceived and in focus, both literally and figuratively.

When watching The Cookie Monster, movie lovers will immediately recognize that several of its key elements can be readily detected in countless similar films made during the last half-century, portions of which echo throughout the American western, as well as its progeny (think The Dirty Dozen, The Road Warrior or even television's The A Team).

But what really stands out in The Cookie Monster is its main character. His emotions run the gamut, from elder teacher to hopeful youth, stoic warrior to undisciplined brigand.

So why does the squirrel pursue the cookies so valiantly? For honor? For love of adventure? The answer to this question is left intentionally vague; it is up to each viewer to draw his or her own conclusions. It is to the film's credit that it forces such questions upon us while never allowing them to cause the motivations of the squirrel to seem untrue.

Modern viewers will find the action sequences of The Cookie Monster to be restrained. There are, for instance, no "Gladiator" or "Braveheart" moments in which limbs are visibly hacked off, blood flies and speakers pound with booming audio. But the action is wonderfully filmed.. The 1 1/2 minute running time may also deter some, but I find the length to be one of the film's charms; it takes its dear sweet time in exposing its riches, and no single moment feels underdeveloped or awkward. Don't miss it.

 

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Original clip courtesy of and © Mark McIlree
C is for Cookie by Joe Raposo (Sesame Street)