DuckTales The Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Ducks race a wizard for riches; mild thrills and spills.
  • G
  • 1990
  • 74 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain, not educate.

Positive Messages

Although all characters want possession of the Lost Lamp to gain riches and their most fantastical wishes, all but the villains quickly realize that well-being and concern for one another are the most essential wishes: "What's more important, a fortune or your life?"

Positive Role Models

Even though the McDuck gang battles boldly for fame, riches, and fun, they're protective of friends and family and courageous in the face of danger.

Violence & Scariness

Lots of comic action throughout. Merlock, a wizard, is an arch cartoon heavy throughout. He undergoes frequent transformations: rat, wolf, bear, predatory bird, insect, and more. In comically driven scenes, characters are taken on a wild airplane ride, race down chutes, dangle above an army of sumo-wrestling scorpions, find themselves in a rapidly running river, and fall repeatedly and are hit over the head, trapped in an elevator shaft, caught in a crumbling building, and caught in a food mixer.

Sexy Stuff

Some mild insults: "swine," "fool," "maniac."


This movie is based on a popular animated television series. Central characters are members of Walt Disney's Donald Duck family.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DuckTales The Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp is the only feature film entry in the DuckTales television franchise. The movie is strictly farcical and familiar, with cartoon suspense that's easily resolved. It's loaded with comic action: tumbling buildings, a raging river, a burning bridge, lots of falls, and many narrow escapes from bad guys and perilous situations. The villain is a mustache-twirling, mean-looking wizard who will stop at nothing to achieve his evil goals. Still, only the youngest or most sensitive kids will find anything truly scary here. Kids will have a chance to see their most fanciful wishes granted by the always-popular "genie in the lamp" and realize along with the characters that relationships and safety are more important than gold and jewels.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byskooter January 12, 2021

Mediocre mashup of Indiana Jones and Aladdin, with rich ducks looting ancient sites

This movie was overall nothing special. Basically starts out Indiana Jones and then turns into the Aladdin story. Not a classic film, but my 6 y.o. liked it wel... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old June 17, 2020

Almost as good as 2017’s DuckTales reboot.

Warning Spoilers:
I really love the DuckTales reboot and this was almost as good. Merlock, the villain of this movie was my favorite character. Christopher Ll... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 3, 2019

Nice movie for families

This is not childish, this is fun for families, and kids of every age.

What's the story?

In DUCK TALES THE MOVIE: TREASURE OF THE LOST LAMP, Scrooge McDuck and his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, along with Webby, a young female member of the duck clan (all continuing characters in the DuckTales television series), find themselves on a quest to find an ancient treasure. They discover the map of "Collie Baba" and, deep beneath a desert pyramid, the awesome fortune itself. But, unbeknownst to our heroes, Merlock, an evil wizard who can transform himself into a wild assortment of villains, and his weasel-henchman, Dijon, are tracking them. To the ducks' utter amazement, a magic lamp with a genie inside is hidden among the gold and jewels. But their excitement and wonder are quickly interrupted by Merlock, who is determined to have the treasure and the genie for himself.

Is it any good?

This movie has familiar characters in yet another retelling of the classic Aladdin tale -- and everybody loves a story in which wishes come true. The genie in this Disney adventure grants amazing child-centered wishes. The film is fast-paced, filled with enough comical escapades and villains to hold kids' attention and make them laugh, but there's nothing that should frighten those who already grasp the difference between cartoon action and real violence.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how wishes and goals are different. Is it easier to make wishes come true or to achieve goals? Which can we accomplish ourselves?

  • Are any of the "dangers" in this movie truly scary? Besides the fact that this is a cartoon, how do we know it's meant as fun?

  • Why do you think movies about granting wishes are so popular? If you had three wishes, what would they be?

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