You don't have to use the parody (a bit Fargoesque and lends itself to the 10th Grade and above set) but it seems like there are a lot of lesson possibilities to be had with these videos and maybe even the cartoon.
Great idea! We did a lesson on the Learning Network on several years ago in which kids make a list of famous historical people's (or literary character's) web searches and other kids guess who they are, so this would fit in in that same way. I love the parody, though. The "wood chipper" was when I actually LOLed here at my desk.
I might use these clips to show students how easily they decode, follow a story, draw conclusions, make assumptions--in short, think critically! Sometimes I feel as though they don't know that they do it all the time and very well. The same strategies carry over into reading any text, actually, although they need to build their attention spans and annotating skills to track themes and narratives over time and length.
Actually, I might have them create a Google stream of their own for a text they are currently reading...for "Their Eyes Were Watching God," they may start out with "dealing with hormones," then, "surviving a loveless marriage," etc....could be fun! What do you guys think?