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Premiere of movie DuckTales The Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
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At 3rd August of 1990, the movie „DuckTales The Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp” was released.
„DuckTales” was Disney’s crown jewel in the 80’s and 90’s, a series that Carl Barks would be proud of. It represents everything that was cool about cartoons in that glorious period: quirky characters, awesome voice acting, animation that actually looks like it was drawn at one time, and an awesome theme song. With a theme song that goes „Life is like a hurricane” that’s exactly what you get with „DuckTales.”
Many of the episodes, though simple enough in storytelling for the smaller viewer to understand, had enough cultural and historical references to satisfy the more „adult” members of the audience.
Uncle Scrooge, his three nephews (Huey, Dewey, and Louie), Mrs. Beakley and her granddaughter Webbigail, along with pilot McQuack, embarked on adventures that took them to such exotic locales as the Antarctic, the jungles of South America, the British Isles, and even The Orient. They also traveled, on occasion, through time, journeying to the days of ancient Greece/Rome, the days of King Arthur, and even the era of the dinosaurs.
After the series has come to an end, Disney found it so successful that they have made a movie version of it; it is called „DuckTales: The Movie – Treasure of the Lost Lamp,” and it was an animated film made in 1990 from Disney MovieToons, a very short lived division of the Disney company.
The long title, ‘DuckTales: The Movie – Treasure of the Lost Lamp’, implied there was intent to make more films within the universe. While no such sequels were made, the plan was not without reason. „DuckTales” was a highly successful property for Disney. The television series had received acclaim and very good ratings. Merchandise, from lunchboxes and beach towels to VHS tapes and a Nintendo game, was selling.
‘Treasure of the Lost Lamp’ follows Uncle Scrooge, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Webbigail, and Launchpad on a hunt for the lost treasure of Collie Baba (a clever play on the fictitious Ali Baba). After literally stumbling on the location of the treasure in a pyramid that barely breaks the surface of sand dunes, the explorers follow a map to find Collie Baba’s treasure. Escaping traps only Indiana Jones would be comfortable with, the ragtag treasure hunters reluctantly leave the booty behind and escape with only a rusty old lamp in Webby’s knapsack.
Back in Duckburg, while cleaning the lamp, Webby releases a genie who quickly befriends the children and grants them wishes including making a giant ice cream sundae fall from the sky. The genie seems to enjoy granting wishes and playing with the kids as much as they enjoy requesting and reaping rewards.
All of this is done in secrecy, though, so that Uncle Scrooge doesn’t find out about the genie and take away the kids’ newfound playmate. It doesn’t take long before Scrooge finds out what’s going on, though. After making several selfish wishes, he starts to feels sorry for the spirit who must spend his life in solitude and servitude.
Meanwhile, a menacing magician named Merlock is also on the trail of Collie Baba’s genie. With his special talisman, Merlock can make an unlimited number of wishes, and rule the world (as evil magicians are so often bent on doing). Stealing the lamp, Merlock assumes his place on a self-made throne of evil overlooking Duckburg. Can the gang with a special appreciation for the genie overcome the most powerful sorcerer in the world with only their courage and wit ?
While the film earned $18 million domestically and made back its budget, it was not the financial success Disney was supposedly hoping for, having to face competition from other larger-scale summer family releases such as ‘Problem Child’, and caused all planned DuckTales films to be shelved as well.
‘DuckTales: The Movie’ is neither exceptional nor dismal. The animation is a version of the glossy afterschool animation type, and the story is about the same. The success of this film paved the way for a number of future DisneyToon Studios films, so without it we wouldn’t have the likes of A Goofy Movie to enjoy.
However, Disney would tell a story of a genie, treasure, and a magic lamp to much greater effect just two years later in ‘Aladdin.’ Nonetheless, fans of the „DuckTales” series should not be disappointed with this film.