‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ parody: Cookie Monster aims to win

Nov. 18, 2013 | 1:00 p.m.

Cookie Monster enters the arena in a new “Sesame Street” parody of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

“The Hungry Games: Catching Fur,” released Monday, is replete with “Hunger Games” references, kicking off with an announcement by a Muppety version of Effie Trinket.

“The time has come to choose who will play in the Hungry Games,” the pink puppet says. “And may the cookies be ever in your flavor.”

Cookieness Evereat – Cookie Monster with a Katniss Everdeen braid — is lured in by the promise of cookies.

“Me volunteer!” Cookieness yells. “Me volunteer to play!”

Puppet versions of Finnick Odair (who is a finicky eater), Peeta Mellark (a piece of pita bread) and Wiress (who carries a clock with her) also make appearances.

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Cookieness and company must solve food-related puzzles to fend off the horrors of the Hungry Games arena, which are, of course, far less horrible than their counterparts in the bestselling young-adult novels by Suzanne Collins. Instead of “Catching Fire’s” poisonous fog and murderous monkey muttations, the cast of “Catching Fur” faces off against a light mist and adorable, if annoying, monkeys.

“Why these monkeys poking me?” Cookieness asks.

It’s not the first time a “Sesame Street” character has appeared in kid-friendly versions of more grown-up fare. Previous parodies include “Sons of Poetry,” “Homelamb,” “Birdwalk Empire,” “A’s Anatomy,” “Upside Downton Abbey” and more.

“Catching Fire,” which of course stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, is due in theaters Friday. Directed by Francis Lawrence (“Water for Elephants,” “I Am Legend”), the film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone and Stanley Tucci, among others.

Click through the gallery below for a look at the film.

Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Murray Close / Lionsgate)

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Murray Close / Lionsgate)

Mags (Lynn Cohen), left, and Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Murray Close / Lionsgate)

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Murray Close / Lionsgate)

Josh Hutcherson, left, Elizabeth Banks and Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Murray Close / Lionsgate)

Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) and Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in a scene from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Murray Close / Lionsgate)

President Snow (Donald Sutherland), left, and Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Murray Close / Lionsgate)

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), front, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) in a scene from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Murray Close / Lionsgate)

Stanley Tucci and Josh Hutcherson in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Murray Close / Lionsgate)

Jennifer Lawrence and Willow Shields in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Lionsgate)

Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks and Josh Hutcherson in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Lionsgate)

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Woody Harrelson in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Lionsgate)

Sam Claflin and Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Murray Close / Lionsgate)

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Murray Close / Lionsgate)

Sam Claflin, left, director Francis Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence on the set of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Lionsgate)

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" actress Jennifer Lawrence, left, and director Francis Lawrence on the film's set. (Lionsgate)

Director Francis Lawrence, center, with actors Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence on the set of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Murray Close / Lionsgate)

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" director Francis Lawrence on the film's set. (Murray Close / Lionsgate)

Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in a poster for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Lionsgate)

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in a poster for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Lionsgate)

Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark in a poster for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Lionsgate)

Stephanie Leigh Schlund as Cashmere in a poster for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Lionsgate)

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in a poster for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Lionsgate)

Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark in a poster for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Lionsgate)

Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne in a poster for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Lionsgate)

Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket in a poster for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Lionsgate)

Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in a poster for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Lionsgate)

Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy in a poster for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Lionsgate)

Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman in a poster for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Lionsgate)

Jena Malone as Johanna Mason in a poster for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Lionsgate)

Donald Sutherland as President Snow in a poster for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Lionsgate)

Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in a poster for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Lionsgate)

Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in a poster for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Lionsgate)

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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2 Responses to ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ parody: Cookie Monster aims to win

  1. tribute says:

    OMFG I love them love josh hutcherson he makes an awesome peeta they are both sweet adorable and they make changes in the world. PEETA MAKES KATNISS ABETTER PERSON THATS WHY I AM #TeamPeeta <3

  2. Who’sBehindtheMask? says:

    You know you've really been spoofed when the Cookie Monster gets involved.

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