The Rubik's Cube on the Silver Screen and TV

Rubik's Cube

The Rubik’s Cube, one of the world’s most famous puzzles, also makes appearances in movies and TV shows. Here is an overview of some notable appearances.


In the film “Armageddon” (1998), where Bruce Willis (as Harry S. Stamper) and his drilling team strive to prevent an asteroid catastrophe, the Rubik’s Cube appears in the hands of one of his friends. Rockhound (Steve Buscemi) has no trouble solving it.


In Pixar’s animated film “Wall-E” (2008), the Rubik’s Cube is one of many artifacts the small robot collects during his cleanup of Earth. Fascinated by human objects, Wall-E finds the cube and admires its colorful complexity. This scene adds both poignancy and humor, highlighting the contrast between the old world and the post-apocalyptic future in which the film is set.


In the film “Snowden” (2016), which chronicles the life and decisions of whistleblower Edward Snowden (1983), the Rubik’s Cube appears as an important tool. Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 1981) uses the cube to smuggle secret data out of the NSA. This moment is crucial, demonstrating how a simple object can play a significant role in the complex and dangerous world of espionage and state security.

The Simpsons

In the popular animated series “The Simpsons” (1989 - present) the Rubik’s Cube has appeared multiple times across various episodes. One of the most famous scenes is when Marge tries to solve the puzzle while the rest of the family eagerly gives her advice, which eventually frustrates her, leading her to throw the cube away.

The Rubik’s Cube appears in these works not just as a prop, but often as a symbol of complexity, intelligence, and ingenuity. Whether it’s in thrilling sci-fi, an animated tale, or a dramatic retelling of real events, the Rubik’s Cube adds depth and significance to the scenes.


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