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Cookie Monster Is 007 and the Biscotti Kid: Snack On. Snack Off.

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The 44th season of Sesame Street premiered Monday and the show and its Muppets are still as fresh and topical as the first year they were introduced.

For over four decades, the children's show has taught children to read, share their toys, count, and deal with a number of heavy topics like adoption, death, hunger, incarceration, and poverty. Through it all, the show manages to never preach or talk down to children, while entertaining adults at the same time.

Lately, the show has been parodying popular songs like "Call Me Maybe", with Cookie Monster as the star. Now, Sesame Street has released two films starring the iconic treat-loving blue Muppet. Taking cues from Karate Kid and James Bond films, Cookie Monster steps into two much-loved roles to teach children a valuable lesson in listening.

Meant for kids? Maybe. But will kids "get" the 007 references of femme fatale Lady Finger and chickens falling from the sky (Skyfall)?

And how many kids will get the hilarious "snacks on...snacks off" reference from The Biscotti Kid and the chopstick-caught insect who practices Fly-Kwan-Do?

We suggest grabbing a glass of milk, a few chocolate chips and taking a cookie break from work by watching these two adorable parodies. Who knows? Maybe you'll learn a thing or two while watching.

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