I’ve been really enjoying the modern version of DuckTales (hopefully Disney UK will get off their asses and show the rest of s1 soon) but don’t have any real memories of the original. I’m aware of it, obviously, and I’m fairly sure I used to watch it, but beyond the generalities, nothing.
Hence, I recorded the DuckTales Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp.
Oh boy. I didn’t appreciate before now how much work the new version did to create distinct personalities for the triplets. I assumed they had them to some degree before, but they’re just three of the same character. Ditching their Yakky-Doodle voices was a really good choice the new show made too. There’s an oddly colonial (borderline racist) attitude to this, considering it was made in 1990. The local Arab characters are not only all rats, but portrayed as simpering idiots and/or dishonest thieves. With its inevitable Genie, who turns out to be a zany, motormouth, it feels like a dry run for Aladdin (which would have been entering production when this was made).
Also, Considering it’s a (TV) movie, the animation’s really janky, even by the standards of Disney’s Direct-To-Video productions.
So I think I’m just going to stick to the modern DuckTales series, though I’m still tempted to check out some of the Scrooge comics.