WHAT IS IT?
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp is an animated Disney movie based upon the popular TV show DuckTales... which in turn was based upon the comic book Uncle Scrooge by Carl Barks. The film focused on a magic lamp, a genie and a scheme to rob Scrooge McDuck of his vast fortune and featured all of the popular characters from the original TV show, including Launchpad and Huey, Dewey and Louie.
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp was produced by Walt Disney Television Animation and released in US theatres in 1990. Upon release the film met with mixed to favourable reviews and managed to make over $18 million at the box-office, however, this was below Disney's expectations and plans for additional DuckTales movies were dropped.
WHAT WAS GOOD?
DuckTales was a great little TV series which had likeable characters, enjoyable stories and one of the catchiest theme tunes of the 80s, so the idea of creating a spin-off movie was a no-brainer. As TV-to-film transfers go, the animation wasn't too bad and the film benefited from the good performances from the central cast, especially Alan Young as loveable grump, Scrooge McDuck.
For fans of the show, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp was an enjoyable addition to the series.
WHAT WAS BAD?
Despite Disney's best efforts to make a DuckTales movie appeal to a wider audience outside of the TV show fan base, the Mouse House failed to raise its profile and the movie seemed destined for the history books. It wasn't that the film was particularly bad, in fact it wasn't, it just lacked any real flair which would have made it stand out as a great Disney film!
To make matters worse, just three years later Disney released Aladdin (1993), which followed a very similar story and was head and shoulders above the the DuckTales movie in terms of script, animation and action. Whilst Aladdin is still very popular to this very day, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp is mostly remembered by nostalgic fans.
WHY PUSH THE BUTTON?
Erasing DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp from the history books would allow for a much better film to take its place. However, that said, DuckTales' popularity peaked during the late 1980s so removing the film from existence is hardly going to make a difference is it?!? As kid's movies go, the DuckTales film is perfect for little ones and should be given a chance to live on forever more.