WARNING: While a parody, the following Sesame Street segment does contain minor spoilers for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Remember when Cookie Monster was allowed to just be a reckless but lovable monster who would helplessly hurl himself into eating cookies at the slightest opportunity? Well, times have changed, and Cookie has had to learn lessons about self-control and delayed gratification (from Tom Hiddleston no less!) Cookie's food issues and control lessons take center stage in the latest Sesame Street parody of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, called "The Hungry Games: Catching Fur."
In the clip up top, Cookie plays Cookiness Evereat, and he and his friends must face the challenges of the Hungry Games, which include pestering monkeys, food-centric puzzles, and lessons in finding patterns. The tributes have to stop and think. And it's tricky. Or as Cookie puts in his signature clunky vernacular, "Boy, being strong heroine of an entire franchise hard work!"
You got to love these Sesame Street parodies. Not only do they make the little kid lessons more palatable for the grown-ups watching with them, but also they show a remarkable eye for detail. Check out the side by side comparison of Hunger Games' heroes below:
Here's Effie Trinket from the first film's Reaping scene, captured down to camera angle.
Next up is Katniss/Cookiness, complete with the jacket from the first The Hunger Games movie, and her signature long brown hair, flying in her face ever so gracefully.
Then there's Finnick Odair, or Finnicky as he's called here. Aside from his recognizable spiky blonde hair, note that his weapon of choice has been translated from trident to fork.
Wiress becomes "The Tick Tock Lady" in Sesame Street's version because of her catchphrase. But her clock prop proves a life-saver for poor Peeta in this Hungry Games.
I can't see this without thinking of "A pita is a pouch of bread, but that's his name," from the Lana Del Rey/Hunger Games parody seen here:
Happy Hungry Games all. May the cookie be ever in your flavor.