This episode was later shown in five parts: Don't Give Up The Ship, Wrong Way to Ronguay, Three Ducks of Condor, Cold Duck and Too Much of a Gold Thing
This five-part serial was released on laserdisc in Japan.
Scrooge McDuck first appeared in a comic story written by Carl Barks in 1947. Originally intended as a one-shot, he became a very popular character, making his first animated appearance in the opening sequence of The Mickey Mouse Club", but most people associate his animated debut to be the 1967 featurette "Scrooge McDuck and Money". He later appeared as his namesake in "Mickey's Christmas Carol" (1983) before this show premiered.
Animated debut of the Junior Woodchuck Leader, Flintheart Glomgold, and Gyro Gearloose. The Beagle Boys had made their first animated appearance in "Sport Goofy in Soccermania", released earlier in 1987, but this show marks the first time the Beagle Boys were given individual personalities.
When this Special feature length episode was written, Disney didn't intend to do a whole series, but they were so pleased with the way the story worked that they decided to do a series. DuckTales was chosen to be the name of the show after most of the episodes had been written. This feature length show was simply going to be called Treasure of the Golden Suns, like Raiders of the Lost Ark, which ;later became Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, after they starting writing for the second film
Burger Beagle has a bit mark on his prison id on this jumper, as if he has taken a bite out of it!
This episode appears to be very similar to the classic and first Don Rosa Scrooge story "Son of the Sun" in which like in DuckTales an unremarkable object (a vase in the comic's case) holds a map that leads the ducks on an epic treasure hunt in the Andes. The Treasure of the Golden Suns on the show and the Treasure of Manco Capac in the comic (Son of the Sun) are both lost Incan treasures. Also in both greed causes Scrooge and Flintheart (El Captain on the show) to go nuts for the gold and lose it all caused by the volcano in the show and the geyser that is in the comic!