on 2 May 2004
Disneys DuckTales is finally coming to DVD. DuckTales the tv series spanned over 4 seasons over 2 and a half years and capped off a superb seriers from Disney. DuckTales: Treasure of the Lost Lamp made its theatrical debut in between 1989 and 1990. Featuring Scrooge McDuck and his nephews, in this full-lenght feature film, the legendary treasure of Colli Babba has been discovered by a dig team working for Scrooge. But when Mr. McDuck arrives in the Eygptian desert he finds more than he bargains for in the shape of the evil sorcerror Merlock and the real treasure of Colli Babba, a magical Lamp. Now-a-days Disney have better technology to graphically make better films, but this Disney Classic never grows old.
on 17 August 2013
Long before the "cheapquels" and lousy followup films put out in the 2000's - Disney originally set up the studio destined to work on titles like the "Tinkerbell" films and "Return to Neverland" to work on a project to develop proper feature length films to complement their incredibly popular "Disney Afternoon" line up in the 90's.
"Ducktales: Treasure of the Lost Lamp" was the first movie developed from this project. Released to cinemas in 1992, the film unfortunately bombed, forcing Disney to cut back their plans on things like a Rescue Rangers movie, the only other film to come out of the "Disney Afternoon Films" plan was "A Goofy Movie" (and it's sequel "An Extremely Goofy Movie") - which did considerably better, but came out much later in 1995.
"Treasure of the Lost Lamp" starts with Scrooge and his extended family taking off in search of a great treasure hidden in the desert. After traversing a number of traps (with the help of Huey, Louie and Dewey and their Junior Woodchuck guidebook), they manage to find the payload, but end up losing almost all of it trying to escape a giant crab-monster and a rising tide. By chance Scrooge manages to save the lamp from the treasure. It turns out the lamp holds a young mischevious duck genie eager to play and be free. However a powerful sorcerer is searching for the lamp, and seeks to combine his power with that of the lamp.
So far, so "Aladdin" (which came out about the same time) - however the way Ducktales approaches the ages old story is interesting, the genie (unlike Robin William's genie) is as much a kid physically as he is mentally. He's seen taking great joy and abandon in playing with Scrooge's nephews, granting their wishes (like making it rain ice cream, or making Webby's animal plush collection come to life) and realizing how much he's missed out on while living in his lamp. Scrooge at first gives little thought to the genie, treating "Gene" (as the Nephews nickname him) as a tool, yet comes to regard him as an individual, but not before the big bad shows up and nabs the lamp unwittingly from Scrooge. What follows is an epic battle over Duckburg, ending with Scrooge gaining back the lamp, and wishing for the Genie to be allowed to live as a real boy (duck?)
While the plot borrows a lot from it's source story, it's given a charming Ducktales twist that makes it rather heartwarming and yet exciting at the same time. The animation isn't quite on the same level as your standard Disney feature, but there's a lot of effort to make it look and feel more like a feature, rather than an extended episode of the show. This film can also be watched without having seen a single episode of Ducktales. Everyone is introduced accordingly, and no real continuity is used in the course of the film. So this can be a great introduction to "Ducktales" too.
The DVD release itself is pretty bare-bones, all thats available here is the movie, and one of those set-top games Disney liked to include on most DVD releases. There's no concept art, no trailer and certainly no documentary. In fact this is the ONLY retail release worldwide of this film. Disney US has never released this film bar as a Disney Movies Reward and even that was in short supply. Kudos to Disney UK for caring enough to give this film a release, even if it is the most basic of DVD's.
on 19 August 2006
I had NO idea this had been released in region 2! No fair! I have been waiting years for the DuckTales TV series to be released on DVD (I've even written a letter or two to Disney requesting it), and was very happy to see it finally come out last year. Treasure of the Lost Lamp, while somewhat derivative of 1 or 2 of the TV episode plots, is alot of fun and great for kids and those who are fans of the Disney ducks. The animation is beautiful, and performances are well done--including popular actor Christopher Lloyd as Merlock, the film's villain. If you enjoyed the TV show, pick this up, you won't be disappointed.
And hey Disney! Hurry up and release this in the USA!
on 8 February 2013
In this theatrical feature film uterlising characters from the Disney Afternoon classic; Scrooge McDuck, his nephews, Webby and Launchpad are on a quest to find the treasure of Collie Baba, unaware that amongst the treasure, there is a magic lamp amongst the gold and gems. The evil sorcerer; Merlock (played by Christopher Lloyd of Back to the Future fame) will stop at nothing to retrieve the lamp and combine it with his magic talisman, allowing him to bypass the 3 wish rule and have as many wishes as he wants. However Scrooge's nephews and Webbie soon befriend the Genie, after Webbie brings the lamp back to Duckberg and soon Scrooge finds out about the Genie too and so does Merlock and his theiving companion; Dijon (who appeared in the TV series in the Golden Goose two part story). Soon it's up to Scrooge to stop Merlock and his wickid plans for the lamp.
This wasen't the first time that a magic lamp would be used as a plot for DuckTales; in the TV series there is an episode titled 'Master of the Djinni' (which is on the DuckTales First Collection DVD set), in which both Scrooge and his rival Flintheart Glomgold, find a magic lamp and release the Genie inside it (this version was a dog, while the film's genie was a duck), however the Genie in this episode sent Scrooge and Glomgold back in time to Ancient Arabia, to prevent either of them winning a race and becoming his master, as he was unsure who rubbed his lamp first. Though this film once again uterlises a Genie in a magic lamp plot (which would be re-used again for Disney's Aladdin, two years later after this film's release), it's still is an enjoyable and original affair.
The only bonus feature though on this disc is a Scrooge McDuck Treasure Game, there isen't any bonus episodes or anything of the like featured here, but it's still a great purchise, especially for it's price. A must for DuckTales fans for sure, with great animation provided by Disney Movietoons in Australia and the Walt Disney Television Animation studio in France. Simply superb.
Harmless fun once more from Disney, speckled with themes about family, selfless acts and believing in yourself. With lots of wild animation and dizzying action from exploring tombs and watching our crazy Genie cause havoc along the way, this is faithful to the 'DuckTales' TV series with all cast returning to their roles. At just over an hour, it could be seen as a template for the mainstream release of 'Aladdin' two years later as it shares many themes and story ideas, but done in a far more traditional way.
on 20 September 2015
A charming blend of Aladdin (or Sinbad?), Indiana Jones, Pinocchio, and what could be Donald Duck's dad. There's lots of little jokes such as the pilot telling Mr Scrooge McDuck that he has taken a crash-course in flying a plane, and when the plane ends up on its back, the landing gear comes up. The young ones are cute with their expression "Quackeroonie", and when they meet the genie and demand the customary genie "three wishes for a master" rule, Webbabigail says "Gee, I guess one of us ought to wish for peace and happiness all over the world" to which the genie replies "Hey—These are wishes, not miracles!". Very amusing. The story is about Scrooge and his three nephews and a niece searching for the treasure of Collie Baba. But unbeknownst to them, a sorcerer called Merlock (which sounds like a blend of Merlin with Sherlock) wants one particular treasure, that, mated with his magic amulet will give him unlimited wishes. Dijon is his dopey sidekick as a traitor to these treasure-hunters. There is a hint of Dumbo and Fantasia (the latter when the toys come to life) in this.
That this is an animation is incredible, when you see the brilliant action, especially inside the pyramid. For a moment, your brain forgets that you are looking at a cartoon; it is almost a movie. This is a clean, fun, amusing cartoon that cheers you up.
on 1 November 2009
The Ducktales Series was brilliant, which I loved when I was growing up. Great story lines, characters and animation! They don't make children shows like this anymore. The movie didn't disapoint, when compared to the series episodes. Just felt like a longer episode and it allowed the creaters to do more with the plot. Great Movie and highly recommened to any parent with younger children!
on 20 August 2009
Only behind Howard the Duck and Mighty Ducks 2. Watch this movie. You will not be dissapointed.
on 23 October 2012
It is a good story, wouldn't say the best one ever. It is about Genie in a bottle granting wishes to the kids and causing chaos. My nearly 4 year old didn't like it at first. I think you need to watch it few times to appreciate it. You can see it is an old story, the quality is not great. But if you are a Duck Tales fun you would like it.
on 29 December 2013
Our family loved this movie when we saw it on Tv quite a few years ago, and our old incomplete tape of it has been done to death in the meantime. We enjoyed seeing the complete story, and look forward to sharing it with our grandchildren when they visit. There's mystery humour and adventure enough for everyone.