Original Release: September 14, 2004 (US)
Directed by: Kerry Conran
Written by: Kerry Conran
Produced by: Jon Avnet, Sadie Frost, Jude Law, Marsha Oglesby
Running Time: 106 minutes
Box Office: $37,760,080 (US)
In 1939, an intrepid reporter in New York City makes a connection between the story she's covering - of famous scientists suddenly disappearing around the world, and a recent attack on the city by giant robots. Determined to find the solution to these happenings, she seeks the help of her ex-boyfriend, the captain of a mercenary legion of pilots.
The two are investigating the case when the robots attack the city again, though in a stroke of luck, Sky Captain's right-hand man is able to locate their source. They then set off on an adventure in search of the evil mastermind behind these schemes, who is bent on creating a utopia and destroying the current world.
Gwyneth Paltrow (Polly Perkins), Jude Law (Joe "Sky Captain" Sullivan), Giovanni Ribisi (Dex), Michael Gambon (Editor Paley), Bai Ling (Mysterious Woman), Omid Djalili (Kaji), Trevor Baxter (Dr. Jennings)
- Angelina's characters full name is Capt. Francesca 'Franky' Cook.
- An emergency distress call is transmitted to Sky Captain by means of visible radio waves, coming from a radio tower that is unrealistically large and out of proportion in relation to the size of the Earth. This is a reference to RKO Radio Pictures Inc., whose logo features an abnormally large radio tower sitting on top of the Earth, emitting visible radio waves.
- While the project was still in early development, Kerry Conran originally wanted to produce it as if it were a lost serial from the 1930s, with the film featuring unknown actors, shot in black and white, and divided into chapters each ending with a cliffhanger. All of these ideas were subsequently abandoned in an attempt to gain bigger box office appeal.
- In preparation for her role, Angelina Jolie met with and interviewed dozens of British WWII veterans and pilots in order to adapt the proper mannerisms of her character. She also tweaked the script by adding bits of slang that were used during the era.
- Dr. Kessler is played by Jude Law's real-life father, Peter Law.
- The "World of Tomorrow" portion of the title is a reference to the 1939-40 New York World's Fair, which was named "The World of Tomorrow".
- The use of Laurence Olivier's image was Jude Law's idea. Law said he had always wanted to work alongside the actor, so Kerry Conran "granted" his wish.
- The entire movie was shot against blue screen, with everything except the main characters computer generated. This was one of several movies to take that approach (although which was first is debatable), including: Immortal (2004), Casshern (2004), and Sin City (2005), the last of which shot on High-Definition digital cameras, like this movie. Because of the film being totally shot against blue screen rather than via orthodox locations and sets, filming was completed in just 29 days. Normally with sets and locations, filming could have taken the best part of a year to finish.
- Angelina Jolie's part only took three days to shoot.
- Kevin Conran originally intended to have the Mysterious Woman character wear an eyepatch, but after Angelina Jolie signed on, it was decided that an eyepatch would look much better on her character.
- The average length of a shot is 1.6 seconds.
- The characters refer to World War I. Since WWII has not yet occurred there was no WWI, only "the Great War".
- It was originally announced that Casey Affleck was going to play Dex. Giovanni Ribisi was added to the cast as Dex after filming had begun.
Joe "Sky Captain" Sullivan, Franky: Protect the rabbits! Protect the rabbits!
Franky: Joseph Sullivan, I was sure you'd be dead by now.
Joe "Sky Captain" Sullivan: It's good to see you too, Franky.
Franky: This had better be important or one of us is in trouble.
Joe "Sky Captain" Sullivan: It's important.
Franky: What is that?
Joe "Sky Captain" Sullivan: You be nice. Commander Cook, meet Polly Perkins.
Franky: Polly Perkins. I've heard so much about you. It's a pleasure to finally meet the competition.
Franky: Alert the amphibious squadron!
Franky: What have you gotten me into this time, Joseph?
Joe "Sky Captain" Sullivan: Nothing you can't handle, Franky.
Franky: Keep your nose up, Joseph. You always were bad at the short takeoff.
Joe "Sky Captain" Sullivan: Keep up, Franky. I don't wanna have to come back for you.
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Science Fiction Film
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Supporting Actor - Giovanni Ribisi
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Supporting Actress - Angelina Jolie
Golden Schmoes Awards - Most Underrated Movie of the Year
Golden Schmoes Awards - Best Sci-Fi Movie of the Year
Hugo Awards - Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form - Kerry Conran
Online Film Critics Society Awards - Best Breakthrough Filmmaker - Kerry Conran
Visual Effects Society Awards - Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Visual Effects Film - Jude Law