The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) Poster


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Casablanca (1942)
When Steve, Ned and Bill are in the elevator leaving Oseary's office, Bill says "I'm also a human being" - a quote from Victor Lazlo in Casablanca.
The World of Apu (1959)
The last scene of the movie is a tribute to Satyajit Ray's 'Apur Sansar'.
The Ladies Man (1961)
The scenes with the Belafonte seen in cross-section mirror the "Dollhouse" scenes with the cross-sectioned house in 'The Ladies Man'.
Jules and Jim (1962)
When Zissou says to Klaus "Not this one, Klaus," just as Jules says "Not this one, Jim" in the same context.
Both scenes involving aerial shots of character's feet (in the Hot Air Balloon as well as the shot before the helicopter crashes) are homages to Fellini's '8½'
Stingray (1964) (TV Series)
In the scene where the whole team has descended using the minisub to meet the jaguar shark, the puppet-like animation of the submarine is a reference to the Stingray TV series.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Some similarities between the "Jupiter and Beyond" sequence and when Steve finally encounters the Jaguar Shark.
Yellow Submarine (1968)
In the climactic "Jaguar Shark" sequence, the whole crew rides in a yellow submarine. Also, the look of this sequence during the submarine ride seems to be referencing the famous The Beatles film, with its semi-two dimensional, cartoony look.
Boney (1972) (TV Series)
Score from "Boney" can be heard after the showing of Steve's film towards the end.
The Day of the Dolphin (1973)
George C. Scott's character has this compound on an island that inspired the research island that Steve Zissou has.
Jaws (1975)
General plots are the same (The hunt for an exceptionally large maneating shark); dialogue, "I'll fight it but I won't kill it."
Fitzcarraldo (1982)
A scene in which the ship's crew disagrees with the captain's desired course, so the Captain asks those who want to leave to step forward.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
Walking scene at the end of the movie, Wes Anderson has said it was an homage to the '84 sci-fi comedy.
Bottle Rocket (1996)
One of the closing shots of footage is of Steve and Ned pointing off into the distance. This image is nearly identical to the picture used on the cover of the film Bottle Rocket, also by Wes Anderson.
Highball (1997)
Noah Baumbach (co-writer) plays the character of Phillip in one scene, a reprisal of his role in his early film "Highball"
Rushmore (1998)
The shot with the note and the feet is directly from Rushmore.
Mission to Mars (2000)
The space suit in the Adventurers' Club is from another Touchstone movie, Mission to Mars.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
The score that plays on the soundtrack when Steve Zissou gives the tour of his boat is actually a theme from 'The Royal Tenenbaums' being played in reverse.

Referenced in 

This Is an Adventure (2005) (Video)
mentioned many times; this documentary is the making-of for this film
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
Poster appears in background
The Benchwarmers (2006)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Pittsburgh (2006)
Mentioned by Craig Kilborn while introducing Jeff Goldblum.
The Simpsons: The Wife Aquatic (2007) (TV Episode)
title reference
Family Guy: The Tan Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2007) (TV Episode)
title reference
Peep Show: Holiday (2007) (TV Episode)
Jeremy says "The Stag Aquatic"
Starz Inside: Fashion in Film (2008) (TV Movie)
Fashion from this film discussed.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Million Dollar Movie Week 5 (2009) (TV Episode)
Included in a $4,000 question about Bill Murray's roles in Wes Anderson films
Cleanflix (2009)
shown on list
Fame (2009)
a movie is described as 'The Life Aquatic' meets 'The Bad and the Beautiful'
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) (TV Episode)
Listed as a movie directed by Wes Anderson.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Luna Eclipsed (2011) (TV Episode)
A background pony wears a red mariner's beanie cap, grey beard and moustache, and a fake shark on his bottom.
Rifftrax: Frankenstein Island (2012)
Mike: "It's like 'The Life Aquatic with Ted Kaczynski'."
The Rep (2012)
There's a poster of it in a movie theatre.
Don't Go to the Reunion (2013)
David is wearing the Team Zissou red hat.
Bob's Burgers: Fort Night (2013) (TV Episode)
Louise's introduction of the fort
Fakstage (2014) (TV Series)
A Grand Day Out (2014) (Short)
Steve Zissou is seen on a shirt
A Wes Anderson Film (2015) (Short)
Mentioned in conversation.
After Hours: Young Jobless (2015) (TV Episode)
Ollie mentions "The Life Aquatic".
American Dad!: The Life Aquatic with Steve Smith (2016) (TV Episode)
Title reference
24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters (2016)
Screen-print poster shown
Without Cheese (2016) (Short)
The use of lateral tracks
Saturday Night Live: James Franco/SZA (2017) (TV Episode)
DVD cover shown during Scrudge sketch.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Lords of the Deep (2018) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Steve Zissou killed himself."

Featured in 

Matthew Gray Gubler's Life Aquatic Intern Journal (2005) (Video)
Making of from the movie
WatchMojo: Top 10 Bill Murray Performances (2012) (TV Episode)
Steve Zissou is #6.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Underrated Movies (2013) (TV Episode)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is #1.
Film 2017: Episode dated 26 February 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Footage shown
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Clip is presented
Animation Lookback: The Best of Stop Motion - Henry Selick (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as a film that Henry Selick worked on in between Monkeybone (2001) and Coraline (2009), clip shown.
Honest Trailers: Peter Pan (1953) (2015) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown
8½ Kinoklub Dyskusiynyi (2016) (Short)
A screening is seen.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Good Movies with Bad Rotten Tomatoes Scores (2017) (TV Episode)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is #1.
Honest Trailers: The Incredible Hulk (2018) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown
Half in the Bag: Aquaman (2018) (TV Episode)
movie clip is shown


The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau (1966) (TV Series)
Steve Zissou in red woolen cap like Jacques-Yves Cousteau, plus many other references
What About Bob? (1991)
Bill Murray's character pours a seahorse in a drinking cup similar to how Gill was poured in What About Bob

Spoofed in 

Family Guy: Three Directors (2017) (TV Episode)
Spoof in the Wes Anderson segment.

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