The most I can find on this topic is <a href="http://sonicresearch.org/tomhack/LAPUTA.HTM" target="_blank">this page on Sonic research</a>, but it doesn't have any area for discussion(to my knowledge). <img src="http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/9626/ruinedlaputa.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" /> Anyway, for those of you who don't know the movie, it's a Hayao Miyazaki movie from 1986, its centres around a levitating island which <b>is kept afloat by a large green gem</b>. The island has ancient buildings left behind by a long-extinct race. The exterior of the castle, looks not unlike Sky Sanctuary Zone, either. <img src="http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/205/laputa1.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" /> Somewhere around the film's climax(I think, it's been a while since I saw it), the castle part crumbles <img src="http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/7388/laputa2t.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" /> As shown in the sonicresearch.rog article, the Robots fall, then fly out of the island, kinda like the eggrobos flying out of the death egg. There's also the mechanic of the pirate's airship, who in my opinion looks a little like a certain egg-shaped-Doctor. <img src="http://www.onlineghibli.com/laputa/newimages/DolaGangMechanic.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" /> So did anyone else notice any of this when they watched the movie? do you see it as a respectful nod, or a sheer rip off? Was there already a topic on this that I missed?