Both the actress and the Sesame Street character will play versions of Katniss Everdeen this week
One is an Academy Award-winning actress and the other is a blue puppet, but Jennifer Lawrence and Cookie Monster have at least one thing in common – they both star in adaptations of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this week!
While Lawrence will hit theaters strong-willed heroine Katniss Everdeen in big screen adaptation of the hit book on Friday, Sesame Street will air a segment parodying the popular book starring Cookie Monster as Cookieniss Evereat on Thursday.
In the PBS children’s program version, Cookiniss must complete patterns and learn healthy eating habits to win “The Hungry Games” along side her companions Tick-Tock Lady, Finnicky, and Pita (a bread version of Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta Mellark).
And while Cookie Monster is significantly more hairy than Lawrence, the puppet does empathize with the pressures the actress is under in the industry.
“Oh, boy,” says Cookie Monster after withholding from eating a giant cookie. “Being strong heroine of entire franchise hard work.”
“Sesame Street has a long history of parodying pop culture on the show,” executive producer Carol-Lynn Parente tells PEOPLE. “We’ve used these spoofs to draw in the adult in the room because research shows that children learn best when co-viewing with an adult.”
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