It’s August, which means Maine is in full gear with lobster feasts! Even without our famous Lobster Festival, which was sadly cancelled due to COVID-19, we can still celebrate.

We see our state’s favorite crustacean featured in our favorite cartoons, movies and even popular music. You might recognize some of these pop culture favorites that highlight our state’s most delicious ocean bug!

Larry the Lobster from cartoon TV series “Spongebob Squarepants.”  Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Possibly the most famous of all pop culture lobster figures is Larry the Lobster from Spongebob Squarepants, a children’s cartoon on Nickelodeon. He is a frequent side character, first appearing in the episode “Ripped Pants,” which most millennials will immediately recognize and start humming after hearing the title. He’s well known specifically for being a gym-fanatic.

Larry the Lobster isn’t the only well-known cartoon floating around the digital world. In the entertainment realm of Hulu is Doctor Zoidberg from Futurama.

He counts as a lobster, right? Lobster-man? Lobster-mutant? Whatever, we Mainers make up the rules as we go, we’re including him on the list.

Futurama, a 20th Century Fox Television show, has Doctor Zoidberg, a Decapodian, serving as a doctor for the delivery company Planet Express, despite his questionable credentials and poor understanding of human physiology.

Dr. Zoidberg from the TV show “Futurama.”  20th Century Fox Television

If you’re not much into the cartoon scene and into weird, surreal movies, you may recognize “The Lobster,” starring Colin Farrell and directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. David, the main character, arrives at a weird hotel with even weirder rules. If David remains single for 45 days, he’ll turn into a lobster. There are other… strange… aspects to this movie, too, that doesn’t really focus on lobsters at all. But hey, title.

Music fanatics, especially those who enjoy timeless classics, can easily hear the first three seconds of “Rock Lobster” by the B-52s and know exactly when to get up and dance.

Younger generations would hear the first three seconds and recognize it as Panic! at the Disco’s “Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time.”

Nothing is original anymore, both are absolute summer bops anyway.

Ebirah, from the 1966 film “Ebirah, Horror of the Deep” Toho Studios

For Godzilla fans, you may recognize Ebirah from the movie “Godzilla: Final Wars.”

Ebirah is a kaiju, a Japanese term used for giant monsters (fans of the film “Pacific Rim” will definitely recognize that one), created by Toho Company Ltd. in the 1966 Godzilla film, “Ebirah, Horror of the Deep.”

Much like our shedder lobsters here in Midcoast Maine, Ebirah has delicate claws and a weakness for saffron.

For another blockbuster, many may also recognize the film “Atlantis: The Lost Empire,” a 2001 animated Disney film featuring actors like Michael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy and Cree Summer.

In a scene where the adventuring team travels underwater via their fleet of submarines, a mechanic monstrosity known as the Leviathan attacks them, sending the team hurtling towards certain danger.

No one could convince us that the Leviathan isn’t a giant blue lobster with territory-based anger issues.

Surprisingly enough, there’s even lobster finding fame in the fashion industry. Elsa Schiaparelli, an Italian fashion designer, (whose greatest rival was Coco Chanel), famously created a lobster dinner dress in 1937. Via the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, Schiaparelli was well-regarded in her avant-garde fashion in the 1930s until the early 50s. She created this dress along with Spanish artist Salvador Dali in the midst of the Surrealist art movement.

Elsa Schiaparelli’s 1937 lobster evening dress.

Speaking of Salvador Dali, anyone recognize his wacky 1936 “Lobster Telephone?” It’s literally just a lobster on a rotary, serving as a receiver. This Surrealist piece was created for Edward James, an English poet who was a leading collector of Surrealist art during the height of its popularity.

Salvador Dali’s 1936 “Lobster Telephone” Salvador Dali

Another art piece, but maybe not as easily recognized, is Eli Lotar and Jean Painleve’s 1929 “Lobster claw,” or “Pince de Homard.” A simple yet profound piece of photography, this piece resides at the Museum of Fine Art in Houston.

Why it isn’t in some gallery in the actual state that specializes in lobster chowder, rolls and stew, we don’t know. But we digress, it’s a pretty nice piece to look at.

We cannot finish this list without mentioning Colin Woodard’s “The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier.” It is a book about Maine’s coastal culture, economic divisions and the state’s unique history with Massachusetts.