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  • A commercial for Duracell batteries from the 1980's parodies the chariot race, with Ben Hur being powered by the newer Duracell battery, and Messala being powered by the older Duracell battery.

Film - Live Action

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: A group of Oompa-Loompas are rowing a dragon-shaped boat with one of them banging a drum to set a beat.
  • Any Given Sunday: During an intense argument between two characters, the scene cuts back and forth between them and a TV set showing the Ben-Hur chariot race, a symbol of the film's comparison of pro football to ancient blood sports.
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  • The Phantom Menace: The pod race is inspired by the chariot race, especially in its staging and use of ambient sounds instead of a music score.
  • Goldfinger: The tyre-shredding spikes in Bond's Aston Martin were inspired by the scythed chariots.

Puppet Shows

  • Bear in the Big Blue House: In "Welcome to Woodland Valley: Part 1", Doc Hogg watches a movie called Ben-Hare at the Woodland Valley Cinema.

Western Animation

  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: In "Robotnik's Pyramid Scheme", the third part of the "Quest For the Chaos Emeralds" saga, Sonic and Dr. Robotnik race each other to the Pyramid of Robotnikhotep in chariots. Robotnik uses the spiked wheels of his chariot to sabotage Sonic's chariot.
  • In the Chalkzone episode "Rudus Tabootus", Rudy enters chalk ancient Rome and competes in a chariot race. Snap suggest he draw some turbo boosters on his chariot in order to win, but Rudy refuses, claiming that Bun-Hur didn't cheat so neither will he.
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  • The Littles: There is an episode titled "Ben Dinky", and it features a climactic chariot race.
  • Looney Tunes: In the short Devil's Feud Cake, Yosemite Sam infiltrates the set of Bugs Bunny's new picture Ben-Hare.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Saturdays of Thunder", the clash between Bart and Nelson during the soapbox derby spoofs the chariot race.
    • In "Kamp Krusty", the campers in the titular camp are forced to work in a sweatshop while Kearney bangs a drum.
    • In "A Star is Burns", Mr Burns' film A Burns for All Seasons spoofs the opening credits and the scene where Judah Ben-Hur is given water by Christ.
    • In "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson", the sequence where Homer races alongside the carriage in Central Park was a reference to a similar scene in the chariot race.
    • In "Little Big Mom", Maude asks Ned "Remember those scary lepers in Ben Hur?" when Homer and Bart, tricked by Lisa into thinking they have leprosy, are coming to their house.


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