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Trivia / DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp

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  • Actor Allusion: Scrooge's voice actor has dealt with a genie before named Gourdy, and not only that but he was the genie's 'mastuh.'
  • Box Office Bomb: Downplayed. It made $18.1 million, just enough to cover its budget. However, the film's disappointment led to the cancellation of other Disney Afternoon movies in development.
  • Dueling Movies: One of two Disney animated films in 1990 to duel an "Empowered child" live-action film (The Rescuers Down Under, which went up against Home Alone). This one went up against Problem Child. Both films sadly lost, ending ideas of animated Disney action films while starting the "empowered child" trend (this was in spite of Problem Child getting ruthlessly torched by critics).
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  • Genre-Killer: The relative underperformance of both DuckTales and The Rescuers Down Under led to the idea of making an action adventure Disney Animated Classic crumbling; almost all of the animated movies for the rest of the 90's, including all of the Disney Animated Canon films up to 2000, were musicals. While they aged well, this ALSO led directly to Shrek ripping the idea when the genre started to show fatigue.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: There is a DVD release available for the film, but for a long time, you could only get it through the Disney Movie Club or the Disney Movie Rewards program. The situation has changed since the initial release, however. Also, it can be bought and rented on digital platforms.
    • Not sure about the situation in the whole of Euorpe, but at least in Germany the DVD can be bought anywhere (even on Amazon) for five bucks or so. Includes the original english dub (although the german version is also very lovely, at least for a native speaker).
    • The soundtrack by David Newman. Although recently, Intrada has released the score on CD.
  • The Other Darrin: In the French dub, all the voice actors from the series reprised their roles, with the exception of Duckworth. While Roger Carel voiced him in the series, he was instead voiced by Jacques Ferrière in this movie, who also voiced Dijon.
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  • Stillborn Franchise: The movie not performing up to expectations knocked down all future Disney Afternoon theatrical endeavors apart from A Goofy Movie, which became a problem in The New 10's for fans, in addition to putting a dent in Disney's animation strategy.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Had this movie been a success there was going to be a Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers feature film as well as a Darkwing Duck feature film. Unfortunately, due to poor box office results, these plans never came through.
    • There were also going to be a whole series of DuckTales (1987) movies, but it too was scrapped due to the poor performance at the box office.
    • Ever wondered why this was released under the "Disney Movietoons" logo that was only in this movie? Well, this was supposed to be the first in a new division of films (animated by the Television Animation units) that (according to several people who worked on the unit and a few reviews) would be more "character-driven, not the "Broadway" show stoppers as were so popular then", "produce new movies for the old-established characters" and would "revive the wackier style of Disney's animated shorts and comic books from the '30s and '40s", A Goofy Movie was going to be a release from the label, but after the poor performance at the box office, and upon realizing A Goofy Movie was a higher-quality feature than expected, that was instead released under the "Walt Disney Pictures" label, and the Movietoons label (along with a planned Mickey Mouse film) was scrapped entirely.
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    • The division itself was going to originally be named "Disney's Funny Flickers", complete with a logo that was specially commissioned... until the L and I turned out to be a little too close to each other.


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