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Uncover Every Pop Culture Reference to DUNE

The Dune references must flow! And flow they do in the latest video from our Nerdist Remix series.

Frank Herbert published Dune in 1965 and the sci-fi novel went on to have massive influence over the pop-cultural landscape. In the many years since its publishing, Dune has been referenced across genres and mediums. From other sci-fi films (hello, Star Wars!) to cartoons, comedies, and even music videos, new and old, Dune is easily one of the most alluded to properties around. With a new Dune live-action film around the corner, it’s a great time to celebrate the work. And so, we’ve put together a compilation of every major pop-cultural reference to the famous series.

These dozens of references paint a picture of  Dune‘s cultural importance. After all, what else could The Simpsons, Dragon Ball Z,  Silicon Valley, and SpongeBob SquarePants have in common? The breadth and depth of these references also speak volumes. A variety of lines, characters, and scenes from Dune appear in these other properties. Although certain themes do appear throughout the clips, such as “He who controls the…” and, of course, references to the infamous “spice,” Dune allusions have great range. It’s not just one idea or image replicated, it’s many. And, of course, it’s telling that both Dune‘s content and its actual existence receive homages. To delve even deeper into these Dune nods, don’t miss our additional breakdown of Dune references.

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As Dune‘s canonical journey evolves, there’s no doubt it will only grow even more iconic. With Dune’s new film releasing on October 22, a host of new references is sure to emerge. We’re excited to see which parts of the new movie will serve as inspiration points. But one thing will always be true, “Sandworms, you hate ’em right? I hate ’em myself.

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