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What next, Oscar the Kindly?

Published: Wed, April 13, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.

Los Angeles Times: Leave poor Cookie Monster alone. "Sesame Street's" decision to make the blue glutton eat more healthfully, as an example for its preschool audience, opens the way to limitless depressing good-example-setting by Cookie's pals.
Will concerns about bullying require Oscar the Grouch to act more kindly? Modeling less dorkish behavior, will Bert give up his paper-clip collection for good? Woe to the day when Big Bird learns to speak from his diaphragm instead of nasally whining through his beak.
The show's new song, "A Cookie Is a Sometimes Food," which debuted Tuesday, will never replace "C is for Cookie." In between platters of chocolate chip sin, C.M. will now devour fruits and vegetables. Yawn. Give us the guy who demanded his cookies now and scarfed them along with the plate.
The monsters of "Sesame Street" have an important job. While the human actors on the show generally offer up life lessons on sharing, learning and other goody-goody stuff, the monsters connect with that lunacy inside all of us that grown-ups try to pretend doesn't exist. By turns, and without pretense, the various monsters are rude, filthy, frightened, dreamy, confused, obsessed, fussy, dumb, demanding and greedy.
Strip away their over-the-top folly and we're left with a thin TV diet of good intentions.

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