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 last scene of the movie is a tribute to Satyajit Ray's 'Apur Sansar'.
The scenes with the Belafonte seen in cross-section mirror the "Dollhouse" scenes with the cross-sectioned house in 'The Ladies Man'.
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'
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.
Some similarities between the "Jupiter and Beyond" sequence and when Steve finally encounters the Jaguar Shark.
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.
Score from "Boney" can be heard after the showing of Steve's film towards the end.
George C. Scott's character has this compound on an island that inspired the research island that Steve Zissou has.
General plots are the same (The hunt for an exceptionally large maneating shark); dialogue, "I'll fight it but I won't kill it."
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.
Walking scene at the end of the movie, Wes Anderson has said it was an homage to the '84 sci-fi comedy.
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.
Noah Baumbach (co-writer) plays the character of Phillip in one scene, a reprisal of his role in his early film "Highball"
The shot with the note and the feet is directly from Rushmore.
The space suit in the Adventurers' Club is from another Touchstone movie, Mission to Mars.
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.
mentioned many times; this documentary is the making-of for this film
Poster appears in background
Video case is shown in a video store.
Jeremy says "The Stag Aquatic"
Fashion from this film discussed.
Included in a $4,000 question about Bill Murray's roles in Wes Anderson films
shown on list
a movie is described as 'The Life Aquatic' meets 'The Bad and the Beautiful'
Listed as a movie directed by Wes Anderson.
A background pony wears a red mariner's beanie cap, grey beard and moustache, and a fake shark on his bottom.
There's a poster of it in a movie theatre.
David is wearing the Team Zissou red hat.
Steve Zissou is seen on a shirt
Mentioned in conversation.
Ollie mentions "The Life Aquatic".
Screen-print poster shown
The use of lateral tracks
DVD cover shown during Scrudge sketch.
Making of from the movie
Clip is presented
Mentioned as a film that Henry Selick worked on in between Monkeybone (2001) and Coraline (2009), clip shown.
Clip is shown
A screening is seen.