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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' teaser arrives featuring Peeta and President Snow

Fans waiting to see a teaser-trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay finally have a video to watch, though it may be a huge disappointment, given that it shows little footage of the actual movie.

A short teaser video for 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' has been released, featuring Josh Hutcherson as Peeta and Donald Sutherland as President Snow.
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In fact, the teaser -- released overnight by Lionsgate -- is more of a propaganda film from the fictional country of Panem, where The Hunger Games movies take place. The teaser features Donald Sutherland as President Snow, delivering a chilling message of unity to the citizens of Panem, while a stoic-looking Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) stands by his side.

Fans of the books know why Peeta is there -- though casual viewers of the movies may be confused by his presence, and by the entire point of the teaser video. After all, it doesn't actually show any movie footage -- though it's likely this clip, or one similar to it, will be included in the film.

Lionsgate has taken the marketing for The Hunger Games films -- especially for Mockingjay - Part 1 -- in a unique direction. Rather than the traditional marketing messages, most promotional materials released so-far for Mockingjay have been in the form of "propaganda" from the Capitol of Panem.

This new teaser video is just one such example. Last week, Lionsgate released several teaser posters, spotlighting the various districts of Panem. Again, the posters would have little impact on casual filmgoers unfamiliar with the franchise.

There is still no word on when Lionsgate will release any actual footage from the first Mockingjay movie, which is due in theaters November 21st.

What do you think of the Mockingjay teaser? Do you like the propaganda film, or would you rather see actual movie clips?