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'The Hunger Games' banned, animation style [Video]

April 9, 2012 |  7:49 am

Next Media Animation, the Vietnamese animation group that turns news stories into lively animations, has turned its attention to "The Hunger Games." While the movie racks up big box-office receipts -- more than $300 million so far -- the book remains a subject of some controversy. For the second year in a row, "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins has landed in the top 10 books that are challenged as being inappropriate for children.

That's according to the American Library Assn., which Monday released its list of most-challenged and banned books in conjunction with Library Week. Barbara Jones, director of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, told the Associated Press that anticipation for the "Hunger Games" film led to closer criticism of the book and its sequels, "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay."

Together, the three-book series landed at No. 3 on the most-challenged list, with complaints including "anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence." Topping the list are books by Lauren Myracle, with "The Color of Earth" series by Kim Dong Hwa at No. 2.

While the banning of books is a serious matter, Next Media Animation reimagines the news fancifully. In the video,  challengers of "The Hunger Games" dance gleefully around a pile of burning books.


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