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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: Was a box office flop and killed off numerous future Disney projects, but is well-regarded among fans of both the show and '90s Disney films.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Disregarding some of the more racially insensitive aspects of his character, Dijon is and otherwise beloved villain. He was popular enough to appear in the last season of the TV series and, later, a significantly less racist version of him named Faris D'jinn in the 2017 reboot series.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: Though a beloved character in his own right, it's hard for more racially sensitive viewers to look past Dijon's stereotypical Middle Eastern cowardice, laziness, kleptomania and silly 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?
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    • 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. Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers had also done an episode with this premise).
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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.
  • Values Dissonance: Even for 1990, the negatively stereotypical depictions of Middle Eastern people, which play a large part in the plot of this film, were horribly outdated (this may also explain the film's sporadic home video release since), seeing as they were based on adventure films from the 1940s which were even less racially sensitive. At the time, political correctness was only just becoming a cultural norm and, therefore, this wouldn't have been considered as big of a problemnote . As the years pass, it becomes less and less likely that general audiences would tolerate such characters in a family movie, even after the huge wave of racist backlash towards any and all people of Middle Eastern decent following The War on Terror and especially not after The New '10s, when even the slightest problematic interpretation that can be made of the depiction of nonwhite cultures in movies both old and new are vocally criticized on social media by more racially sensitive viewers.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: DuckTales (1987) already boasted some of the best TV animation of it's time, and the movie really uses it extra budget for some even more fluid animation, luck backgrounds and ambitious camera work.
  • 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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