Castle in the Sky (1986)
When Muska tries to touch Sheeta's pendant, his hand is stung by it just like when the Witch of the West tried to touch Dorothy's shoes.
floating island of Laputa referenced in the book
a robot design was copied from this Superman cartoon
The end is a homage to the end of 'Silent Running' -- a little portion of a unique garden, looked after by a robot, is saved of the destruction and goes away slowly.
The design of the robots in this episode were reused in this movie.
The small yellow-and-brown animals that play on the robot are exactly the same as Nausicaä's pet fox-squirrel.
The robots in "Laputa" and the forest animals in "Princess Mononoke" share the exact same design, a clear reference.
In both stories there is a large piece of land that rises high up into the sky due to advnaced technology, with a large golden castle housing it, surrounded by vast greenery.
Boo knocks over a DVD case of this title.
The robot's head appears among the collection of sci-fi collectibles.
At the beginning of "Sky Captain..." a zeppelin docks at the Empire State Building just in the same way of the airship in "Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta". Another reason is the look of the giant robots and their particular way of flying (the arms changes in wings in the same way in the two movies)
The design of Zog echoes the robots from Laputa, in particular the assymetric eyes. Also the overgrown appearance of Zog when Astroboy first finds him mirrors the defunct robots in the gardens on Laputa.
When Otonashi trying to imagine what Angel's base looks like by showing a mosaic-censored image of the castle
movie is reviewed
Jakob Stegelmann mentions the film in his portrait of Hayao Miyazaki's obsession with flying + clip shown