YMMV / DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Was Collie Baba really sincere on his promise to protect the Genie from Merlock, or is Collie Baba just trying to get in the Genie's good graces and thus make the Genie feel indebted to him forever?
  • Ass Pull: Just where does one get a magic amulet that grants infinite wishes from a genienote  and allows Voluntary Shapeshifting anyway?
  • Awesome Music: The soundtrack to the movie by David Newman.
    • And, of course, after a great cinematic score, it's topped off with the show's theme song as we fade to the credits.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Dijon, if he isn't an Ethnic Scrappy. Also Merlock, with him appearing at least two more times in video games as either the Final Boss (as in Donald Duck: Goin' Qu@ckers) or a Climax Boss (as in Legend of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse).
  • Ethnic Scrappy: Dijon. Maybe. See Unfortunate Implications.
  • Like You Would Really Do It:
    • Did anyone believe Scrooge was really going to wish for the Genie to be trapped in the lamp forever rather than granting him his freedom?
    • Likewise, how many people truly thought that the Money Bin would be destroyed for good when Merlock had it transformed into his fortress?
  • Moral Event Horizon: If he hadn't already, Merlock sails over it when we find out he was responsible for the thousands of deaths at Atlantis and Pompeii. Why? Because he couldn't get reservations for tickets at their resort.
  • Narm: When Webby falls off the staircase as the bin is crumbling it's supposed to be a tense, nail-biting moment. But her eyes go so comically huge and she screams in such an over the top way, it's impossible to take seriously.
  • Older Than They Think: Ever noticed how this movie is similar to Aladdin? Well, that is because the latter took inspiration from this one, along with The Thief and the Cobbler (and this is after a regular Ducktales episode used the "three wishes lamp" idea itself; the clip of Scrooge and Glomgold climbing a column to claim that lamp is the last episode scene in the show's opening, just before the title shows up. Plus it was used on an episode of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers).
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Webby's interactions with Scrooge and Genie are either this or genuinely sweet and heartwarming depending on whether a fan considers her The Scrappy or not.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The Nostalgia Critic mentions the character of Dijon may fall into Ethnic Scrappy territory, or at least comes close to it. [1] He then goes on to wonder if this is part of the reason the movie has taken so long to be released on DVD; because Disney were nervous of a backlash.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Oh boy. DuckTales was already famed as one of the most beautifully animated shows of its time and with a movie budget it got taken Up to Eleven with some truly gorgeous animation.
  • What an Idiot!: The nephews and Webby have three wishes each, quite literally the power to change the world twelve times over. What do they wish for? A pet, a sundae and to bring a roomful of toys to life. Made even worse when you remember that the triplets probably have dead parents. How big an Idiot Ball would a kid have to hold for their first wish not to be an immediate, 'I wish my parents were still alive!' in that situation.
    • To be fair, Louie does wonder if one of them should wish for 'peace and happiness all over the world' but Genie quickly shoots him down by claiming they're wishes not miracles, whatever that means.
    • It's a valid assumption that genies do not bring the dead back to life. That was also the case in Aladdin.
      • Never confirmed for this movie though. In fact at one point the Genie mentions that wishing for Merlock's talisman is the 'one wish he can't do'. So...?
    • It is possible that the triplets and Webby were used as an example of kids being kids. Their wishes were light and innocent compared to Merlock's, Dijon's, and even Scrooge's first - all of which were greedy. Furthermore, after the triplets learned Genie's past, they made the effort to not let anyone know of his existence, and made simple, playful wishes so as not to add to an already-existing trauma.
    • Though Webby's own wishes cause more trouble than good, no one thinks to make her do the responsible thing and use another of her wishes to change it back. Instead, they decide to use their own wishes and wasting one of their own chances for magically fulfilling their dreams to make up for her own mistakes and Webby with getting away scot-free.
      • With the "living toys" one, it was her last wish and the boys are mad they had to fix things. As for the other one...*shrug*
      • Note Genie specifically urged the kids to try and aim for small, manageable wishes since more ambitious ones have a habit of spiralling out of control and landing him in bother ("The bigger the wish, the bigger the trouble!").
  • The Woobie:
    • The Genie was enslaved by Merlock, who forced him to do horrible things and left him traumatized even centuries later.
    • Scrooge of all people becomes one near the end of the movie when he loses all of his fortune as well as everything he ever owned to Dijon.
    Scrooge: Wiped out, with a wish...