DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp

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DuckTales the Movie:
Treasure of the Lost Lamp
DuckTales the Movie - Treasure of the Lost Lamp.jpg
Original theatrical poster by Drew Struzan, parodying Indiana Jones
Directed by Bob Hathcock
Produced by Bob Hathcock
Jean-Pierre Quenet
Screenplay by Alan Burnett
Based on DuckTales 
by Carl Barks
Music by David Newman
Edited by Charles King
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • August 3, 1990 (1990-08-03)
Running time
75 minutes
  • France
  • United States
  • Australia
Language English
Box office $18.1 million[1]

DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp is a 1990 animated feature film based on the animated television series DuckTales. It was released by Walt Disney Pictures on August 3, 1990. It was the first animated feature released by Disney that was not part of the Disney animated features canon. It was also the first Disney animated film to be produced by Disney MovieToons, later DisneyToon Studios. Produced by the Walt Disney Television Animation satellite studios in France and Australia, the classic Donald Duck cartoon Dude Duck was shown before the film when it played in theaters.


Thinking that an excavation has finally uncovered the lost treasure of Collie Baba, Scrooge McDuck travels to the Middle East to inspect the recently found treasure chest, accompanied by Huey, Dewey and Louie, Webby Vanderquack, and Launchpad McQuack. Although initially disappointed when the chest seems to contain only old clothes, Scrooge is excited when an ancient treasure map is found in the pockets of one of the garments, showing the way to Collie Baba's treasure.

Guided by the weasel Dijon, the group sets out to find the lost treasure, unaware that Dijon is actually a minion of the evil sorcerer Merlock who hopes to retrieve a magic lamp from the treasure. The group discovers a sand-covered pyramid and, after excavating it and escaping numerous booby traps, find Collie Baba's treasure. Webby discovers the magic lamp and is allowed to keep it by Scrooge, who believes it to be worthless. After packing up the treasure for transport, Scrooge and his group are trapped in a room full of monstrous scorpions by Merlock and Dijon, who take the treasure. However, after sorting through the treasure, Merlock immediately realizes that the lamp is no longer there. Scrooge and his friends manage to escape from the pyramid and, with nothing more than Webby's useless lamp, depart for Duckburg.

A few days later, Webby and the boys discover that the lamp is in fact magical and contains a Genie, whom they manage to free. Ecstatic about his freedom, after having been in the lamp for several centuries, the Genie grants the four children (who are now the masters of the lamp) three wishes each but asks to remain hidden from the outside world for fear of falling into the wrong hands. The Genie explains to the children that Merlock, who has eternal life and an unlimited number of wishes due to a magic talisman, was once his master and that he must never again regain control of the lamp.

The next day, Webby uses her last wish to bring all her toys and dolls to life, which leads to pandemonium and forces the children to reveal the Genie's true identity to Scrooge, to whom the Genie had originally been introduced as Gene, one of the children's friends. Wishing to impress the Archeological Society at their annual ball, Scrooge takes the lamp and the Genie with him to the ball. He is followed to the ball by Merlock and Dijon, who violently attack Scrooge. In the ensuing struggle, Scrooge mistakes a gravy boat for the lamp and leaves the lamp and the Genie behind, after which they both fall into the hands of Dijon, who is convinced by the Genie to keep the lamp instead of giving it to Merlock.

Having wished for Scrooge's fortune, Dijon takes possession of the Money Bin and has Scrooge arrested for trespassing. However, Scrooge is quickly bailed out by Launchpad, his nephews, Webby, Mrs. Beakley and Duckworth who agree to help Scrooge set things right. Scrooge, the nephews and Webby infiltrate the Money Bin in an attempt to steal the lamp, but are stopped by Merlock who has also arrived to take control of the lamp. Merlock uses his unlimited wishes to transform the Money Bin into a diabolical airborne fortress and attempts to kill Scrooge but is eventually stopped by the children. Having lost his talisman and the lamp, Merlock, who had transformed himself into a flying griffin, changes back to his original self and crashes down to earth. Scrooge then regains control of the lamp and restores everything to its original state.

Back in Duckburg, Scrooge uses his last wish to set the Genie free by turning him into a regular boy. While the children play with their newest friend, Scrooge discovers Dijon is still in the Money Bin, helping himself to some money.

Voice cast[edit]

Additional Voices[edit]


Animator Larry Ruppel shared his experience during the film's production:

"I was the sole American working at the Paris studio during this production, the other creative artists hailing mostly from France, Denmark, Australia and Italy. I'd like to add that this little movie ended up being quite important because of the many notable animation professionals who got their start on this project. Besides myself (I've animated numerous Disney projects, also Classic Warner Bros. shorts), there are, among others, DreamWorks animators Sylvain Deboissy and Nicholas Marlet, French animation director Pierre Lyphoudt, and ILM's James Baker and Daniel Jeannette. For all the Europeans working on this Disney feature, it was a dream come true, and because most of us were working on a feature for the first time in our lives, in a way it was our Snow White. As the only American on staff, there were many occasions when I had to explain to supervisors or other animators the exact meaning of some American slang phrases used in the dialogue of the script."

During the film's main titles, the titles' typeface is similar to that of the Indiana Jones films. This was obviously to honor the film Raiders of the Lost Ark for using the original Carl Barks comic book series as part of the inspiration for the former (such as the scene when Jones being chased by a boulder which was inspired by "The Seven Cities of Cibola," an Uncle Scrooge comic book issue. Also, the idea for the idol mechanism in the opening scene in Raiders, and deadly traps later in the film were inspired by several Uncle Scrooge comics). Another homage to the Indiana Jones films comes later in the movie when someone looking like Indiana Jones can be seen briefly when Scrooge and Genie visit the Explorer's Club.


Box office[edit]

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 (there were plans for there to be several DuckTales films following this).[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Reception was positive but some critics considered the film to be a betrayal of Carl Barks's Uncle Scrooge comic books on which DuckTales was based.[2][3] Overseas, however, critics were generally kinder to the film. On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film got a fresh rating of 88%.[4] The more successful animated film, Aladdin, released by Disney almost two years later also shares many elements with this film.

Home media[edit]

The movie was released on VHS on March 15, 1991, followed by a Laserdisc release on April 26, 1991. On January 16, 2006, the region 1 DVD of DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp was released as an exclusive to the Disney Movie Club and the Disney Movie Rewards Program. The first release of the DVD to the general public was announced for January 13, 2015.[5] Ahead of this, DVDs were available in Canada in October 2014, apparently as a Wal-Mart Exclusive.[6] In addition, there was a DVD release also ahead of the general release date that was issued in the United States as a Wal-Mart Exclusive on October 14, 2014. Disney has given the DVD wide release in Europe and other parts of the world. The DVD release is in widescreen presentation in region 1 and other countries. However, it is currently unknown whether the film will ever be released on Blu-ray or not.

The film is available to rent and purchase (including in HD) on iTunes.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Duck Tales: The Movie (1990)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  2. ^ "Animated `Ducktales` Adventure Fails To Match Its Superb Source". Chicago Tribune. 1990-08-03. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  3. ^ Solomon, Charles (1990-08-03). "Duck Tales Makes Mockery of Tradition". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  4. ^ "DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2011-01-23. 
  5. ^ "DuckTales The Movie: Treasure Of The Lost Lamp". Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "New DA DVDs Out Now At Canadian Wal-Marts". Disney Afternoon Forever. 2014-10-12. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  7. ^ "iTunes - Movies - DuckTales: The Movie - Treasure of the Lost Lamp". iTunes. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 

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