Continuing to capitalize on major pop culture events, Sesame Street has released a spoof trailer featuring their take on The Hunger Games franchise.
Titled The Hungry Games: Catching Fur, Cookie Monster poses as Katniss as he competes to win cookies.
“Cookieness Evereat is back to play in the Hungry Games,” reads the synopsis for the spoof movie. “Can Cookieness and her friends, Finnicky, Tick Tock Lady, and Pita escape from the poking monkeys and tickling winds? Find out in The Hungry Games: Catching Fur. May the cookies be ever in your flavor.”
“If you want to win the Hungry Games, you have to control yourself and not eat cookies,” a piece of pita bread warns him. Taking a break from eating has never been one of the blue monster’s strong suits.
Sesame Streets’ Catching Fire parody loosely takes on the plot twists of Suzanne Collins’ series. Highlights of the five minute video include Effie’s dress, the jars of cookies in place of names being drawn from bowls, Cookie Monster’s Katniss wig, and the monkeys interfering with Cookie’s mission.
The children’s television show has a long history of spoofing pop culture entities to reach older audiences who grew up on the show. They’re also entertaining for adults who may be watching the show with their kids on PBS.
The timing of this parody could not have been better. Catching Fire hits theaters November 22.