The Treasure of the Golden Suns is an animated feature film written by Jymn magon, Bruce Takington and Mark Zaslove and directed by Zaslove along with Steve Clark and Terrence Harrison. It is the pilot of DuckTales.
Donald Duck is leaving for the navy, and, thus, leaves Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck to live with their Uncle Scrooge. However, it is not because one member of their usual adventure team is missing that Scrooge isn't looking for a lost treasure as usual… This time, he has his eyes set on the Treasure of the Golden Sun, a fantastic loot left behind by a pre-columbian civilization. Unfortunately, immortal conquistador El Capitan is also looking for the treasure and will stop at nothing to find it after all these centuries, even if it means associating with the Beagle Boys to do Scrooge and the kids in! But our heroes are not alone in this quest that spans lost cities, golden galleons and oppressed sentient penguins, as they are joined with clumsy pilot Launchpad McQuack, no-nonsense butler and nurse Duckworth and Mrs Beakley, and the adorable Webby Vanderquack.
Behind the scenes
This hours-long special was released in September of 1987 as a pilot for DuckTales. It was later broken down into five episodes (with some brief scenes cut from the final episode for time constraints): Don't Give Up The Shift, Wrong way to Ronguay, Three Ducks of the Condor, Cold Ducks and Too Much of a Gold Thing.
• The Treasure of the Golden Suns • Send in the Clones • Sphinx for the Memories • Where No Duck Has Gone Before • Armstrong • Robot Robbers • Magica's Shadow War • Master of the Djinni • Hotel Strangeduck • Lost Crown of Genghis Khan • Duckman of Aquatraz • The Money Vanishes • Sir Gyro de Gearloose • Dinosaur Ducks • Hero for Hire • Superdoo! • Maid of the Myth • Down and Out in Duckburg • Much Ado About Scrooge • Top Duck • Pearl of Wisdom • The Curse of Castle McDuck • Launchpad's Civil War • Sweet Duck of Youth • Earth Quack • Home Sweet Homer • Bermuda Triangle Tangle • Micro Ducks from Outer Space • Back to the Klondike • Horse Scents • Scrooge's Pet • Catch as Cash Can • Merit-Time Adventure • The Golden Fleecing • Ducks of the West • Time Teasers • Back Out in the Outback • Raiders of the Lost Harp • The Right Duck • Scroogerello • Double-O-Duck • Luck o'the Ducks • Duckworth's Revolt • Magica's Magic Mirror • Take Me Out of the Ballgame • Duck to the Future • Jungle Duck • Launchpad's First Crash • Dime Enough for Luck • Duck in the Iron Mask • The Uncrashable Hindentanic • The Status Seekers • Nothing to Fear • Dr Jekyll and Mr McDuck • Once Upon a Dime • Spies in their Eyes • All Ducks on Deck • Ducky Horror Pictures Show • Till Nephews Do Us Part •
• The Puzzle of the Lost Pyramid • The Hounds of Smothering Heights • The Hidden Treasure of Quackistan • The Lost Valley • The Phantom Barnstormer • The City Under the Ice • The Lost-and-Found Medal • The Crown Jewels Affair • A Trip to Scotland • The Oil Pirates • The Fountain of Laughs • The Abominable Snowduck • Star Island Treasure • The Desert Plot • The Inter-Galactic Visitors • Flights of Fancy • An Elephant Never Forgets • Road Rally • The Mind-Reading Machine • Terror on the High Seas • Marooned on the Moon! • The Actors • The Great Bubble Gum Disaster • Seeing the Blight • Finders Weepers • Coin of the Realm • Somebody Else Finds It… For Us! • The Eek Machine • The Cave Caper • The Grope Diamond • Uncle Whiskers • Windfall on Mount G'Zootight • Gyro's Berry Copter • The Bedeviled Dime • Don't Rub Me the Wrong Way • Kingdom of the Ants • Once Upon a Dime • The Fish Sitter • The Dirt Chopper • The Skywriting Crimes • The Nature News • Behind Prison Walls • Wilderness Survival Day • Scottish Scares! • The Secret of Eagle Mountain • The Emerald Auction • Gyro's Marvelous Picnic Machine • The Big Race • An Antsy Plan • The Circus Comes to Town • The Treasure Hunters • The Whistling Ghost • Roberta the Robot • The Magic Show • Dogs in Disguise • Revamped Camping • Glitter! Glitter! Little Diamonds! • On Easter Island • The Treasure Trek • Unk-Unk • Uncle Scrooge - Head Mogul • Parrot Island • Digging for Treasure, Again • Sky-High Hi-Jinks • The Smart Nephew • Computer Chaos • Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime? • The Idol • How Not To Be a Millionaire • Lardina, Princess of the Nile • The Witch Switch • Scrooge's Nose Knows Gold • A'Haunting We Will Go • Back in Time for a Dime • The Old Number One Dime • At the Top of the World • The Petras Penny • The Great Chase • The Cave Ducks • Go West, Young Duck • The Billion-Bean Stampede • The Big Bird Bath Battle • The Gold Rush • Great Minds Think Alike • The Gold Crop • The Voodoo Treasure • Scrooge's Quest • The Purloined Coin • The Pyramid of Toh-Bakho • The Hex • The Wheel of Fortune • The Gold Nugget Mine • The Cyclops • Buck Tales • The Curious Canine • Pirate's Cove • The Beagle Boys' Scientific Crimewave • Call of the Witch • The Fountain of Youth • The Wagrandi • Make It With Flowers • The Waddington Masterpiece • Hideout in the Past • Witch Way Did She Go? • The Dream Scheme • Deep Sea Sewage • Christmas as Usual • Ex-Pilot • The Black Pyramid • The Sacred Hair Restorer • The Littlest Gizmoduck • The Chaos Coin Catastrophe! • The Relic Racket • The Wonder Car • Southern Hospitality • The Stealing of Old Westburg • Romaliens • Remote Rescue • The Samurail Circle • The Riddle of Bigfoot • The Thieving Jackdaws • The Family's Shrewd • The Gold Odyssey • Quest for a Marmanda • Up the Amazon without a Paddle … It's Lucky to be Smart • Dime After Dime • Grief at the Reef • The Everlasting Coal • Honey, I Shrunk the Ducks • A Giant Crop • An Octopus's Garden • The Spirit of Chief Firebird • The Gold Hound • Slugga Bubba! • Flight of the Bumbling Webby • Dr. Duck and Scrooge McHyde • Sleepy Valley • The Secret of Uncle Scrooge • A Dime in Time • Webby's Diary - My Biggest Vacation • The Great Gutenbergh Grab • Big Top Big Shot • The Vintage Aeroplane • Rosebud • The Fortified Mansion • The Curse of Flabbergé • Fun Zone Fiasco • The Missing Emperor • The Backwoods Butler • Criminal Convention • Beagleology 101 • Dime Crime • Return to the Moon • Mrs Beakley's Secret Love • The Enchanted Cauldron • The Dough That Devoured Duckburg • The Two Musketeers • A Switch in Time • For the Love of Pete • Adventure in Scotland • The Vanishing Cuckoo • The New Chief • He Who Laughs Last • Imperial Elixir • Thicker Than Water • Webby's Field Trip • The First Wheel • The Time Belt • Shake! • The Power of the Pyramids • The Disappearin' Bullion Blues • The Boy Ploy • The Farmer and the Fly Boy • The Ace Chase • The Soothing Balm • The Clairvoyant • The Wild Goose Chase • The Arcadian Urn • Quacko-Quacko Island • A Beagle Badtime Story • The Lucky Pup • Better Late Than Never • Dino • Evergreen • High Anxiety • Waste of Talent • Rainbow Fish • Yes, No Bananas Today • The Legend of the Chaos God • Never Say Never • A Cold Christmas • The Inheritance • The Stunted Pilot • Starstruck • Griswolk • Mission Cinema • Underwater Treasure • On Duckburg Pond • Balloon Swoon • Productive Play • Birds of a Feather • True Believers • Kayak Credit • Aviation Anxieties • Lovelorn Launchpad • Un-Easy Rider • A Dolt from the Blue • Just Another Hang-Up • The Kite • The Rainfaker • All Quacked Up • Twinkletoes • The Emperor's New Picture • A Smashing Success • Look Who's Squawking • The Gum Crusaders • Launchpad's Day Off • Something Fishy • "I" of the Storm • One of a Kind • The Publicity Stunt • A Good Swim • Tempest on McDuck Beach • Fool for Fuel • The Fall Guy • The Rescuers • The Last Auction Hero • Rightful Owners • Dangerous Currency •