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Pirates! take the Mickey out of The Hunger Games!

Pirates! take the Mickey out of The Hunger Games!

Aardman Animation’s “Pirates! Band of Misfits”, opening later this month, features Hugh Grant as “the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they battle a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!” (That’s what the press notes tell me, anyway; you cheat Liv!).

The latest trailer for the film seems to spoof “The Hunger Games”, currently the number one film around the world (well, in most parts), and does a tremendous job of that. Now… which one is Haymitch!?

The family-friendly “Pirates” gang aren’t the first troupe to tickle the “Hunger Games” series; for the release of the DVD and Blu-ray release of “The Muppets”, the Henson’s company’s puppets came up with a short funny.

I see there’s quite a few funny “Hunger Games” spoofs – some professionally done, some backyard handy-cam – on YouTube, I’ve embedded a few below.


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Olivia Marne is a Melbourne-based University graduate and full-time publisher who joined Moviehole in 2011.

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