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Twinkies: The delicious, cream-filled, golden cake snack that could survive a nuclear holocaust (but not), apparently can't survive a massive bakery strike. Hostess announced today that it will go bankrupt and shut its doors, taking about a year to wind down.
While this news is devastating to snack lovers everywhere (and means a loss of thousands of jobs at Hostess bakeries across the country), Twinkies hold an important place in film lovers' hearts. It's even a case of life imitating art: Soon, we'll all be like Tallahassee in "Zombieland," just looking for Twinkies in a Twinkie-less world.
Below, enjoy our film clip eulogy to our favorite indestructible snack.
"Let's say this Twinkie represents the normal amount of psychokinetic energy in the New York City area." Yes, let's. From now on, let's all give "Ghostbusters" (and snack cakes) its due and measure our lives in terms of Twinkies.
'Die Hard' (1988)
"What's in these things, anyway?" A question many have asked, then decided they'd rather not know the answer to. "Die Hard" dares to go there.
'The Iron Giant' (1999)
Twinkies feature prominently in the animated sci-fi flick, like in this clip, where Hogarth attempts to improve upon perfection by adding more cream filling.
'Van Wilder' (2002)
This is one treat you never want to eat. Who can forget the clinical precision with which Van Wilder (Ryan Reynolds) adds his own special doggy-style cream filling to a pile of Twinkies?
'The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift' (2006)
Who could forget pint-sized rapper Lil Bow-Wow's star turn as Twinkie in the nth installment of the drag-racing series? Um, not us!
Pixar's post-apocalyptic/sad robot love story winks in the direction of the rumor that Twinkies are indestructible: Cockroaches and Twinkies are among the only recognizable survivors in WALL-E's garbage lair in the year 2085.
All he wants is vengeance... and Twinkies. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) has had everything precious taken from him by the zombie apocalypse, but he'll be damned if his favorite snack is taken too. Traveling across the country busting undead heads, he also hunts for Twinkies.
'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' (2011)
Although Shia LaBeouf wasn't spotted eating one of the now-doomed snacks in the film itself, Hostess did have a highly visible (and highly hilarious) tie-in campaign with the movie's release. Behold, Chocwave cupcakes and Snoballimus Prime Snoballs!
Twinkies are dead, long live Twinkies! What are your favorite Twinkie moments in film? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments!