When I first saw Sesame Street's Cookie Monster-starring Hunger Games spoof, The Hungry Games: Catching Fur, I thought, "Aww, how cute! Cookie Monster, The Hungry Games ... that crazy blue guy sure does love himself some cookies!" Then I thought, "This would have been perfect if my son was still a toddler, because then he could feel like he was watching The Hunger Games just like his big sister, except his version would be cute and age-appropriate." But THEN I thought, "Wait a minute. Why do little kids need their own tot-friendly versions of big kid/tween/teen/grownup entertainment, anyway?"
Look, don't get me wrong. I'm sure Sesame Street is just trying to cash in on a pop culture phenomenon the best way they know how -- which, to be fair, is in a charming and clever fashion. Even the little YouTube write-up suggests as much:
Cookieness Evereat is back to play in the Hungry Games. 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.
Like I said: Charming, clever. But ... why? Why do little kids, theoretically, need to feel like they're in on whatever the cool movie or music video or whatever is for big(ger) kids -- or grownups? Why is that even a thing? All Cookie Monster has to do to keep toddlers happy is stuff cookies in his furry face and shake his goggly eyes around a little bit. Maybe little kids aren't feeling "left out" at all; maybe we're just pushing them to grow up too fast.
Part of me understands the impulse, honestly; when my kids were still stuck in the valley of Dora the Explorer and Thomas the Tank Engine, I was so desperate for anything resembling adult entertainment that a Sesame spoof of any blockbuster film would've made my day. So maybe there's no harm in the concept. It's just that as a mom who NOW knows how fast those early years really do whizz by, I just don't think there's truly any need.
Either way, the video IS adorable. Check this out:
What do you think?
Do spoofs like this one make kids grow up too fast?
Image via Sesame Street/YouTube