ISHMAEL: Call me Ishmael. YAKKO: Call me Ishtar. WAKKO: Call me irresponsible.
Ishtar (1987) is one of the most infamous box-office flops of all time; Call Me Irresponsible is a 1962 song composed by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Sammy Cahn, originally written for either Judy Garland or Fred Astaire but first performed by Jackie Gleason in Papa’s Delicate Condition (1963), winning an Oscar for Best Original Song.
This segment's opening sequence is a shot-for-shot swipe from the “Rite of Spring” sequence of Fantasia (1940). In Fantasia, the dinosaurs are reacting in terror to the approach of the Tyrannosaurus rex; apparently, Mindy is at least as frightening…
When the sibs find themselves on board the Pequod from Moby-Dick (1851) instead of the Love Boat from the show of the same name, they mistake several crewmembers of the former for those of the latter: Ishmael/Doc, Queequeg/Gopher, and Captain Ahab/Captain Stubing.
Three disaster-struck ships answer the Warners’ please for hep at the end:
RMS Titanic – British passenger liner which sunk, as you doubtless know, in the Atlantic in 1912 after colliding with an iceberg
SS Edmund Fitzgerald – American freighter that sank in a storm in Lake Superior in 1975 with the loss of all hands, commemorated in the 1976 Gordon Lightfoot song The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
The S. S. Minnow – fictional charter boat carrying the cast of the sitcom Gilligan’s Island, shipwrecked on an uncharted desert isle in 1963 (we hear the Skipper call out “Hey, little buddy!” as it approaches)
OUTLAW: I got me a fistful of feathers! WOMAN: Lookee here: a few feathers more!
This dialogue references the first two movies of the “Dollars Trilogy”, which The Good, the Bad and the Ugly comprises the third part of: A Fistful of Dollars (1964), which is the movie that actually jumpstarted the popularity of the Spaghetti Westerns, and For a Few Dollars More (1965).
WAKKO: You know, if you shaved your beard, you’d look just like Ernest Borgnine.
This comment probably refers to the ‘60s sitcom McHale's Navy, where Borgnine played Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale. Amazingly, both Gavin MacLeod (who played Captain Stubing in The Love Boat) and Borgnine co-starred in McHale’s Navy.