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YMMV / DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp

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  • 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.
  • Cult Classic: The film did not do very well at the box office, but it gained a massive cult following.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Dijon is quite a funny antagonist if one can look past the Values Dissonance. He was popular enough to appear in the last season of the TV series, and there is an updated (i.e. less racially insensitive) version of him named Faris D'jinn in the 2017 reboot series.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: Dijon is a blatantly racist caricature of a Middle Eastern person: a cowardly and lazy cleptomaniac with a comical accent.
  • 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?
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  • 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).
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  • 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 (1987) 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. Even with the Genie's limitations that he can't grant "miracles", he also clearly can grant some very powerful wishes as shown by what Merlock forced him to do in the past. The only things they wish for are a baby elephant, a sundae, and to bring a roomful of toys to life; two of those wishes even had to be, predictably, undone by more of their wishes because of how fast they spiraled out of control, when there are so many other things the wishes could have been used for. For example, they don't even try wishing for their parents to come back, presuming there's a real reason why they're never around.
  • 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...


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