Ducktales The Movie Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score Ducktales The Movie by David Newman.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 92.7
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 39.9
Album Excellence: 56.2%
Ducktales The Movie: Treasure Of The Lost Lamp is an American 1990 animated film directed by Bob Hathcock and starring Alan Young, Christopher Lloyd & Terence McGovern. The film is based on the animated television series Ducktales. Scrooge McDuck, his dimwitted pilot Launch Pad, and his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, with Webby, arrive in Egypt where Scrooge finds the lost treasure of Collie Baba, unbeknownst to Scrooge, a magic lamp was included inside the treasure, so while the nephews have fun with the genie, they all have no idea that they’re being stalked by a power hungry sorcerer named Murlock and his dimwitted thief counterpart, Dijon. The score is composed by David Newman.
Growing up, like any kid I suppose, I was mildly obsessed with all things Disney. I don’t remember exactly when, but I remember Ducktales the television show and I loved it. It had a great sense of adventure, great characters and music. I also remember Ducktales the video game, and I’m not talking about the NES version, but the Amiga version which was completely different. In that game you had to make more money than arch rival Flintheart in 30 days. Great fun. Although David Newman got to score the movie, it’s probably Ron Jones score I’m more familiar with since he scored large parts of the series, plus there’s a bootleg about. The catchy main theme though was composed by Mark Mueller. I’m excited to finally get the official release of the movie score and hope that the television score isn’t far behind. The score opens in full adventure mode with hints of the main theme with ‘Coming In For Landing’, a fun kind of slapstick tune which David Newman is so good at.
Slapstick aside, there’s music here that will be enjoyed by the adult adventure fan. The music feels “grown up” for the most part and mixing it with a little bit of Disney magic and some Newman humor we’re in good shape. There’s tons of emotions as well, even sad ones like in ‘Scrooge Gets Depressed’. The music feels like it’s part of that old Disney magic, the real classics, while pulling us out and giving us that superb audio quality Intrada is known for. It’s incredibly lively as you would expect. Not quite Ice Age lively, but that might be too much for some people anyway. Newman brings the fun, oh so much fun, although he didn’t quite hit my nostalgic buttons, but I think I’ll have to wait for Ron Jones score for that. This is simply movie score magic. Get it!
1. Coming In For A Landing
3. The Pyramid (Alternate)
5. Webby Discovers The Lantern
6. Scrooge Gets Depressed
8. Meet The Genie
9. Mrs. Beakley Meets The Elephant
10. Ice Cream Sundae From The Sky
12. Morning Becomes Merlock
14. Scrooge Gets The Lamp
15. I Wish For The Treasure Of Collie Baba
19. Merlock Takes Control
20. End Credits
21. The Pyramid (Original)
22. Merlock Goes For Scrooge (Original)