‘Sesame Street’ Parodies ‘Avengers 2’ With ‘The Aveggies’
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At some point, we’re not sure when, Sesame Street stopped being a low-key educational children’s program and started being an educational children’s program that finds time to create internet-friendly parodies of whatever pop culture event is huge in a given week. So yeah, of course the show has made an Avengers-themed sketch and of course it’s called The Aveggies: Age of Bon Bon and of course it recasts Cookie Monster as the Hulk.
This quick riff on Marvel’s premier team follows a group of superheroes, whose identities are based on healthy foods, as they attempt to repel an invasion of cookie-shaped flying saucers. But even the combined forces of Onion Man, Captain Americauliflower, Black Bean Widow, Mighty Corn, and Zuchin-eye aren’t enough to stop the evil Bon Bon. Their last best hope is Dr. Brownie, aka Cookie Monster, who has the ability to grow large and green when properly focused. Unfortunately, everything around him looks like delicious food and he can’t stop eating his friend’s weapons.
The premise checks off those quasi-educational boxes (vegetables are good and learning how to focus in important), but the bulk of the video is dedicated to making wry Marvel jokes. The Muppet version of Hawkeye gets it especially rough since he’s portrayed as useless, petty and selfish, but none of the superheroes escape unscathed and each of them is the victim of at least one terrible pun. Naturally, the big climax of the whole thing is a riff on the Hulk’s biggest moment in the original Avengers movie, rephrasing a much-quoted line of dialogue for this new setting.
Avengers: Age of Ultron opens this Friday … but you knew that and are already crazy-excited, which is why Sesame Street released this video today. Your kids are going to watch this thing on an endless loop.