* [[AuthorExistenceFailure Actor Existence Failure]]: Phillip Seymour Hoffman died just a week before he would have finished filming his scenes for the two ''Mockingjay'' films. The studio is keeping mum about how this will affect them.
* BannedInChina:
** The film was banned in Vietnam. Officially, the ban was for showing youth violence, though it has more to do with Vietnam not being happy with a film that shows youngsters fighting back against a totalitarian state.
** Strangely enough, the film was ''not'' banned in China itself, despite it being more authoritarian than Vietnam. This is possibly due to it being possible to interpret the film as a parable about "Western decadence".
* DawsonCasting:
** At first, the film's creators considered casting an actual teen in the lead role (among others, SaoirseRonan, Creator/ChloeMoretz, and HaileeSteinfeld were considered for Katniss' part). They finally settled with 21-year old JenniferLawrence to play 16-year old Katniss. Liam Hemsworth (Gale, 18) was 21 during filming, while Josh Hutcherson (Peeta, 16) was 19. Leven Rambin (Glimmer, 18) was 21 at the time.
** Averted by IsabelleFuhrman (Clove), Jacqueline Emerson (Foxface), Amandla Stenberg (Rue), and Willow Shields (Prim), aged 14, 16, 12, and 11 during production.
* {{Defictionalization}}:
** You can actually buy mockingjay pins. Interesting, because the citizens of the Capitol displayed this exact behavior in ''Catching Fire''.
** Based on the descriptions in the book, you can now find recipes for the bread from District 4 and 11, as well as attempts at Katniss' favourite lamb stew.
** Protesters against the 2014 coup d'état in Thailand have used the three-finger salute.
* DuelingMovies: ''Film/JohnCarter'' premiered two weeks earlier aimed at the same audience. ''The Hunger Games'' was more successful.
* DyeingForYourArt:
** Katniss and Gale are brunettes played by blondes while Peeta is a blond played by a brunet.
** Many of the Capitol extras actually allowed their hair to be dyed those crazy colors for the movies. ''That'' is dedication.
* FakeAmerican: Given Panem is post-apocalyptic USA, Liam Hemsworth (Australian), Donald Sutherland (Canadian), Toby Jones (British), and Paula Malcomson (Irish) fit.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** [[JenniferLawrence Katniss]] [[Film/WintersBone has a lot of experience hunting squirrels and raising her younger siblings in the backwoods]]. She was also [[Film/XMenFirstClass a shapeshifting mutant]].
** [[Film/{{Orphan}} Est]][[IsabelleFuhrman her]] survived and learned how to fight with knives as if she wasn't good enough already to use them effectively.
** Apparently, it's not the first time for Peeta being [[{{Zathura}} trapped in a game.]] [[spoiler: [[BadAss No wonder he can always survive!]]]]
** [[Film/AmericanBeauty Ricky Fitts]][=/=][[Film/GhostRider Blackheart]] [[spoiler:poisons himself]] and has a cool beard to show for it.
** [[Film/TheDevilWearsPrada Nigel]] and [[Film/TheAdventuresofTintin Silk]] are announcers.[[note]]Interestingly, both played German scientists on opposing sides in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''.[[/note]]
** [[Film/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy Percy Alleline]] is now the (rather less vocal) commentating partner of Caesar Flickerman, Claudius Templesmith.
** [[Series/{{Caprica}} Amanda Greystone]] gained two new daughters, but lost her husband in a mining accident.
*** It's not the [[Series/ColdCase first time]] she's had her husband die, leaving her with two daughters (with Katniss playing one of them).
** Cato is back from [[RaceToWitchMountain outer space]]... and it turns out he's the son of [[{{Vikings}} a Viking cheiftain.]] Talk about an unfair advantage!
** Glimmer certainly is not [[WizardsOfWaverlyPlace an angel]], though she did [[TheSarahConnorChronicles go to school with John Connor]] after some time in [[Series/AllMyChildren Pine Valley being herself and an identical half-sister]].
** Haymitch used to be a [[Film/{{Zombieland}} Twinkie-seeking zombie hunter]].
*** Oh, the irony of a [[{{Cheers}} bartender]] playing a drunk.
*** Guess he survived [[TwentyTwelve the Yellowstone eruption]].
** President Snow trained Film/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}} herself.
** Effie was [[Film/{{Spider-Man Trilogy}} J. Jonah Jameson's secretary]] at one point.
** [[PrideAndPrejudice Mr. Bennet]] / [[ThePillarsOfTheEarth Earl Bartholomew]] is the BigBad! His son [[ThePillarsOfTheEarth Richard of Shiring]] and his daughter [[PrideAndPrejudice Lydia Bennet]] won the past Hunger Games!
** With [[Film/{{Zombieland}} Tallahassee's]] coaching, [[BridgeToTerabithia Jesse Aarons]] gets to save his lady friend this time round.
** Rue is [[{{Colombiana}} Young!Cataleya]].
** In the sequel, Katniss and Peeta get some help from [[Film/SuckerPunch Rocket]], [[Film/CasinoRoyale Felix Leiter]], [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Philip the missionary]], [[SexAndTheCity Miranda's maid Magda]] and [[PulpFiction Honey Bunny]].
** They also meet [[{{Series/Revolution}} Grace Beaumont]] when she's taking time off from being on a [[CrapsackWorld planet without electricity]].
** Unsurprisingly, (young) [[{{Series/TeenWolf}} Derek Hale]] still can't win a fight.
* HeyItsThatVoice: This concerns the European French dub:
** Katniss is [[HeyArnold Helga]], [[OnePiece Nami]] and [[PhineasAndFerb Isabella]].
** Gale is [[StarWarsTheCloneWars Anakin Skywalker]] and [[LiloAndStitch Stitch]].
** Peeta is also [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Anakin]].
** Effie is [[TheFairlyOddParents Vicky]].
** President Snow is [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Bender]].
** Cinna is going to make Katniss "fly like an eagle".
*** Spain: Katniss was at some point ''Anime/SailorMoon'', Effie is [[TotalDramaIsland Gwen]], and Peeta is Film/SpeedRacer.
*** How about Brazil: [[TotalDramaIsland Izzy]] has to fight for her life after entering a fight to the death. In the sequel, she meets other tributes, including [[WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie Wyldstyle]] (from District 1) and [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill Luanne Platter]] (from District 7).
*** In the Japanese dub, Katniss [[Creator/NanaMizuki is]] [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Fate Testarossa]] and [[{{Naruto}} Hinata Hyuga]]. Also overlaps a bit with CastingGag, since she also voiced other roles when she has to fight to the death in a deadly contest, sometimes against the people she loves, more especifically [[Manga/{{Basilisk}} Oboro]], [[Anime/DogDays Ricotta Elmar and Nanami Takatsuki]]. Peeta Mellak [[Creator/HiroshiKamiya is]] [[Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei Nozomu Itoshiki]] and [[MobileSuitGundam00 Tieria Erde]], Primrose [[Creator/RieKugimiya is]] [[ShakuganNoShana Shana]], Gale Hawthorne [[Creator/YuuichiNakamura is]] [[MobileSuitGundam00 Graham Aker]] and [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Hazama/Yuuki Terumi]], Cinna [[Creator/KentaMiyake is]] [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Zangief]] and Haymitch Abernathy [[Creator/KoichiYamadera is]] [[CowboyBebop Spike Spiegel]]. Rue is voiced by Erika Ikuta from the teen Idol band ''Nogizaka46'' and Seneca by Japanese artist Hidetomo "Bakarythm" Masuno, [[TheOtherDarrin but only in the theatrical release]]. In the home video versions, Rue is voiced by Miyuki Sato and Seneca by Satoshi Taki instead. In the sequel, [[Creator/HitomiNabatame Johanna Mason is]] [[DokiDokiPrettyCure Mana Aida/Cure Heart]].
* TheOtherDarrin: In the Japanese dub, possibly [[CelebrityVoiceActor due to licensing]], Rue and Seneca's roles are recasted in the DVD/BD release of the movie in Japan, but the rest of the cast keeps their original dub voices from the theatrical version.
* [[LetsPlay Let's Read]]: A highly critical one can be found [[http://dragon-quill.blogspot.com/search/label/Hunger%20Games here]] (and is continued [[http://dragon-quill.blogspot.com/search/label/Catching%20Fire here]] and [[http://dragon-quill.blogspot.com/search/label/Mockingjay here]]).
* RelationshipVoiceActor: In the Japanese dub, Creator/HiroshiKamiya (Peeta), Creator/YuuichiNakamura (Gale) and Creator/RieKugimiya (Prim) worked together before as [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Tieria Erde, Graham Aker and Nena Trinity respectively]].
** And Creator/NanaMizuki (Katniss) and Creator/RieKugimiya (Prim) [[NinjaNonsense were also sisters before.]] [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Or classmates]].
** Creator/YuuichiNakamura (Gale) and Creator/KentaMiyake (Cinna) were members of the [[Anime/MacrossFrontier S.M.S.]], [[Videogame/StreetFighterIV rivals]], or [[Film/TheAvengers members of the Avengers]].
** Creator/YuuichiNakamura (Gale) and Creator/NanaMizuki (Katniss) reunites again in the Japanese dub of the ''Film/EvilDead'' reboot as the Allen slibings David and Mia respectively.
* [[HeAlsoDid She Also Did]]: Would you believe Suzanne Collins worked on [[Literature/LittleBear The Little Bear cartoon?]]
* ThrowItIn: The extra scenes with President Snow and Seneca Crane are apparently the product of a lengthy letter Sutherland wrote to the director on his interpretation of the character of Snow after he read the original screenplay. Ross liked them so much that he wrote two scenes of character exposition exploring the themes of Sutherland's letter and added them to the script for the first movie, thus elevating Sutherland to the status of CoolOldGuy in real life. You can find his letter online, but the DVD special features has him actually ''reading'' it.
* WorkingTitle: The working title of the first novel was ''The Tribute of District Twelve''. Some foreign editions do this, like the German release, ''Die Tribute Von Panem''(The Tributes of Panem).
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