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In films and television shows, the Hollywood Sign is often shown getting damaged or destroyed from the events of a particular scene; period pieces may show just the "LAND" portion of the original sign being destroyed. It is an example of national landmarks being destroyed, a common feature seen in many disaster movies to increase the drama and tension. It is frequently a shorthand device to indicate the destruction of all of Los Angeles or the state of California. The sign has been depicted getting destroyed in the movies Earthquake (1974), Independence Day (1996), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), 10.5 (2004), Terminator Salvation (2009), Sharknado (2013), San Andreas (2015), and countless other films.[86]

Other movies came up with fictional explanations for the elimination of the original LAND part of the sign.

  • In the Shrek franchise, the Far Far Away Sign is based on the Hollywood Sign.
  • In Matt Groening's The Simpsons, the Springfield sign is based on the Hollywood sign.
  • In the short-lived 1992 CBS game show, The Hollywood Game, the bonus round has its own Hollywood Sign.
  • In Steven Spielberg's film 1941 (1979), the LAND part was shot down in an aerial dogfight over Los Angeles involving John Belushi's character.
  • In Joe Johnston's The Rocketeer (1991), the character played by Timothy Dalton (a Hollywood star working for the Nazis) is about to exit a crashing zeppelin with faulty jetpack and his final words are, "I'll always miss Hollywood." He then jumps out of the zeppelin and crashes into the LAND part of the sign, destroying it.
  • In an episode of BoJack Horseman, BoJack steals the 'D' in a romantic gesture. For the rest of the series the D is missing and the area and film industry is referred to as 'HOLLYWOO' until the series finale, where it is turned into 'HOLLYWOOB'.
  • The sign is featured in the video games Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto V as "VINEWOOD". In both games, the sign is accessible to players. In the latter game, each letter can be climbed by a ladder and it is the location of one of the game's vehicle-theft missions.
  • In the video game Far Cry 5, the "YES" sign is based on the Hollywood sign
  • Cherie Currie and Joan Jett, as portrayed in The Runaways, go up and sit on one of the letters of the sign.
  • Rod Stewart sits on the second L of the sign at the beginning of the music video for his song "You're Insane."
  • In The Day After Tomorrow a tornado destroys the entire sign and blows down the nearby antenna.
  • In the Disney XD series Jessie in the final episode the H is destroyed when Jessie saves the Ross kids for the last time.
  • The "H" of the Hollywood Sign served as the entrance to the Underworld in the 2010 film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.

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  1. ^ a b c "Fast Facts About The Hollywood Sign". The Hollywood Sign. Archived from the original on January 16, 2017. Retrieved January 1, 2017.period pieces may show just the "LAND" portion of the original sign being destroyed. It is an example of national landmarks being destroyed, a common feature seen in many disaster movies to increase the drama and tension. It is frequently a shorthand device to indicate the destruction of all of Los Angeles or the state of California. The sign has been depicted getting destroyed in the movies Earthquake (1974), Independence Day (1996), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), 10.5 (2004), Terminator Salvation (2009), Sharknado (2013), San Andreas (2015), and countless other films.[86]

    Other movies came up with fictional explanations for the elimination of the original LAND part of the sign.