Friday, August 3, 2007

DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp

DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp is an animated film released by The Walt Disney Company on August 03, 1990 based on the animated series Ducktales. Happy Anniversary Ducktales!

In this film, Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewey and Louie, Webbigail "Webby" Vanderquack and Launchpad McQuack search for the treasure of Collie Baba and his forty thieves. They find a magic lamp and a genie that can grant them all kinds of wishes. Unfortunately, Merlock the Magician wants that lamp, and he and his sidekick, Dijon the Thief, would do anything to get their hands on it.

The film was not a financial success theatrically (possibly why its never been considered for a WDCC release), having to face competition from other larger-scale summer family releases like Problem Child (which is probably what caused the proposed Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers film to be shelved and the Goof Troop film A Goofy Movie to not bear the Goof Troop name or have any linkage to Goof Troop) and caused all planned DuckTales films to be shelved as well (there were plans for there to be several DuckTales movies following this film). Critics in the USA generally considered the film an Indiana Jones rip-off and a betrayal to Carl Bark's Uncle Scrooge comic books which DuckTales was based on. Noted movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert didn't even bother reviewing this film for their Siskel & Ebert & The Movies program. Overseas, however, critics were generally kinder to the film. The film retains a fan following today.

In 2004, Walt Disney Classics Collection released Scrooge McDuck ("A Pool of Riches"), an Open Edition release sculpted by Bruce Lau. This sculpture captures Uncle Scrooge as he dives around his money like a porpoise - just as he does in the classic comic book stories by Disney artist Carl Barks. Included with the Scrooge sculpture is a lithograph of the Carl Barks comic art that inspired it, from the classic 1952 story "Only a Poor Old Man" from the first issue of "Uncle Scrooge."

As a fan of both Uncle Scrooge and DuckTales, still have hopes for something from this animated film to be considered for a future WDCC release. There are such memorable characters from this film.

For those who were a fan of the television series .. The DuckTales theme! Enjoy!!


Chris said...

This was my first WDCC statue and is still my favorite today. I grew up watching DuckTales and absolutely love the Carl Barks comics. Great stuff!!

Timon said...

I'd love to see a Launchpad McQuack in WDCC. Any hopes? :-)

Duckman said...

Of the four Scrooge McDuck sculpts released (including the Mickey's Christmas Carol Scrooge ornament), this is my favorite. A great homage to both Carl Barks and the Scrooge Comics.

Spent many hours watching DuckTales with my daughter and agree, DuckTales is Great! and definitely earns a place as part of the WDCC.

Duckman said...

You and me both Tim! He would translate perfectly into a 3D sculpture.

As far as any hopes, I think to see something from DuckTales is going to be a tough nut to crack unfortunately :(

I plan to campaign again this weekend :)