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Destroy All Podcasts DX Episode 170 - Ducktales The Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp

Hosts: D'Arcy, Jeremy

This is about lobster-scorpions that don't ever use their poisonous tails, unexpected racism, and confusing anthropomorphism. Why does this movie hate dogs?

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Enjoy this totally weird Ducktales The Movie promo.

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Posted 10 January, 2011 - 03:35 by Destroy All Pod...

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Ducktales and other things...

The actual name of what the block of Disney shows that were aired on TV was "The Disney Afternoon"., which came long after Ducktales first aired back in '87. The Disney Afternoon lasted from 1990 to 1997, though I personally had never saw it locally as the cartoons themselves were often seen in the mornings or on opposite channels in town, so we didn't have a station committed to running the afternoon block on it's own (what with Fox Kids having it's own thing too that left hardly much room in Toledo for another station to fill the gap), but I guess I probably didn't miss much since the shows were seen here anyway.

Technically, both Scrooge and Donald are uncles to Huey, Dewey and Louie. In the case of Donald, it has been that way in the cartoons as well as in the comics drawn by Carl Barks and others over the years. His involvement in DuckTales however is rather very minor, as the focus tends to be on Scrooge and his adventures with the boys much in the way it was in the original comics mentioned before. Donald appeared in some episodes of the show I can recall as having been in the Navy, which can explain his absence from the show throughout. I don't think it was ever explained who HD & L's parents are, though I think there's probably some Disney Duck experts out there who might fill in on that detail than I could.

Ducktales in itself can be seen as an homage to Bark's duck comics, but perhaps also an extension in other places, such as the additional characters like Launchpad McQuack or Gizmo Duck in later seasons. Just reminded of this promo clip for the TV movie they had introducing that character (titling it "Super Ducktales")...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QsyH46ZI70

I suppose the writer/s thought "Dijon" sounded closely Middle Eastern enough to work with but also wanted a good pun joke out of the name as well (reason why Jeremy went and looked that up). Kinda wondered though if that thief character wasn't loosely based on the Thief of Richard Williams' "The Thief and the Cobbler" anyway (which in term Aladdin followed up on that too, oh well).

Questioning the world of this series, the sentient beings of that world (ducks and dogs) or even the whole pants issue is one that rots my brain constantly, and this has been debated over and over, I just have to stop! These sentient ducks appear to have arms and hands over wings anyway so I'm buying that for now. Getting into other shows like TaleSpin would fester up similar questions over it's different species present in the show.

Aside from it's European production staff employed, this film would be the first to be labeled as a "Disney MovieToon" release (perhaps a predecessor to the direct-to-video releases Disney would go on doing later on). The only other film to get that labeling I've read is "A Goofy Movie", which you guys should review someday (at least it seems to hold up more than this film tries).

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Posted by Chris@StudioToledo on 14 January, 2011 - 14:07
A big change for "TotLL"

A big change for "TotLL" compared to the series was shading and lighting, which makes it 'movie' quality. (I don't remember- was this before CGI? Did they have any in it?) Casa de Cuckoo was pretty bad-ass, though; kinda like a tree that changed into a rock.

Donald Duck was still Huey, Louie, & Dewie's uncle just like in the classic cartoons and comics. He made a few cameos in "DuckTales", but the explanation for why he wasn't present was that he was a low-level swabbie on an aircraft carrier, commanded by- you guessed it- a drill sergeant-like dog Admiral who was constantly riding his ass!

The problem with Merloc was the same thing that happened with Capt. Barbossa (sp?) & Co. in the first "Pirates of the Caribbean", or Dr. Soran in "Star Trek Generations"- they were self-centered villains who didn't really feel like villains enough to hook me in even though on the surface they did bad things. While self-centered villains can be dangerous, all these guys just made me feel more bad for them than I did animosity or a sense of justice being served when they were defeated. Darth Vader USED to be a bad ass (even after he was revealed at the end of Ep.VI) until the prequels came out, then it completely deflated how you looked at him in the suit.
I don't wanna feel sorry or sympathetic for the bad guy all the time, even if it does make for interesting story arcs!

Oh DO podcast "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"!

D'Arcy- "Fantasia" and "Fantasia 2000" FTW!

DuckTales the show wasn't a musical either, so that the movie wasn't didn't bother me.

I didn't get to see as much of "Darkwing Duck" as I wanted to, but I remember that it was a good spoof on Batman, etc. And though Gizmoduck was powered armor (which is fine), I wasn't as big on his own series.

Ooh- DAPDX should do a podcast on "Batman: The Animated Series"! Or even "Fox's 'Peter Pan and the Pirates'." (Tim Curry was a regular as Capt. Hook...) I LOVED those shows as a kid, and not only where they popular at the time but have also stood well against the test of time!

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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 14 January, 2011 - 14:10
A big change for "TotLL"

A big change for "TotLL" compared to the series was shading and lighting, which makes it 'movie' quality. (I don't remember- was this before CGI? Did they have any in it?)

It was right around that point in time, though I don't remember if any computer graphics was used in this film. Certainly attention to shading and lighting helped it out and gave it that movie quality we probably came to expect.

Ooh- DAPDX should do a podcast on "Batman: The Animated Series"! Or even "Fox's 'Peter Pan and the Pirates'." (Tim Curry was a regular as Capt. Hook...) I LOVED those shows as a kid, and not only where they popular at the time but have also stood well against the test of time!

Certainly do, though I remember watching Batman: TAS more myself. Both were great shows to come home to after school.

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Posted by Chris@StudioToledo on 14 January, 2011 - 19:27
Actually I found this movie

Actually I found this movie to be pretty weak especially in comparison to the other made for TV movies that they made especially the debut movie "Treasure of the Golden Suns" along with "Catch as Cash Can" (Scrooge and Glomgold have to prove who has the most money so they can sell firefly fruit) and "Super Ducktales" (Gizmo Duck). "Time is Money" (Bubba the caveduck) was ok, but not as good as the others.

Kinda pissed me off that Bubba and Gizmoduck never had any episodes together.

Also here's something fun I came across a few months ago.

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Posted by Superdeformed on 21 January, 2011 - 00:38
Ooh, good find! You mention

Ooh, good find!

You mention "Treasure of the Golden Suns", and I suddenly get hit by nostalgia for some reason, but I don't remember why... hmmm.

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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 21 January, 2011 - 02:04
It was a pretty good movie

It was a pretty good movie thing. I watched it again about couple years ago when a friend got the dvds. The show flows a lot faster than I remember, but like most all Duck Tales stuff you can see a ton of influence and homage that you never knew of when you were a kid.

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Posted by Superdeformed on 21 January, 2011 - 10:20
 
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