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The Emperor's New Groove (2000)

Emperor Kuzco is turned into a llama by his ex-administrator Yzma, and must now regain his throne with the help of Pacha, the gentle llama herder.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kuzco / Kuzco Llama (voice)
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Pacha (voice)
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Yzma (voice)
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Kronk (voice)
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Chicha (voice)
Kellyann Kelso ...
Chaca (voice)
Eli Russell Linnetz ...
Tipo (voice)
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Theme Song Guy (voice)
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Additional Voices (voice) (as Stephen Anderson)
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Additional Voices (voice)
Robert Clotworthy ...
Additional Voices (voice) (as Rob Clotworthy)
Jennifer Darling ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Patti Deutsch ...
Waitress (voice)
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Old Man (voice)
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Storyline

In this animated comedy from the folks at Disney, the vain and cocky Emperor Kuzco is a very busy man. Besides maintaining his "groove", and firing his suspicious administrator, Yzma; he's also planning to build a new waterpark just for himself for his birthday. However, this means destroying one of the villages in his kingdom. Meanwhile, Yzma is hatching a plan to get revenge and usurp the throne. But, in a botched assassination courtesy of Yzma's right-hand man, Kronk, Kuzco is magically transformed into a llama. Now, Kuzco finds himself the property of Pacha, a lowly llama herder whose home is ground zero for the water park. Upon discovering the llama's true self, Pacha offers to help resolve the Emperor's problem and regain his throne, only if he promises to move his water park. Written by Richard Hudson

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15 December 2000 (USA)  »

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Kingdom in the Sun  »

Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,812,302 (USA) (15 December 2000)

Gross:

$89,296,573 (USA) (25 May 2001)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In the dinner scene where Kronk lights a pair of candles the holder is of a small figure. This was a character from the early versions of the film. He was an advisor to the emperor that was later written out. See more »

Goofs

After dragging the unconscious Kuzco out of the water, Pacha puts his ear to Kuzco's chest to check for a heartbeat. As he does, he also puts his right hand over Kuzco, but on the very next shot the hand is no longer there. See more »

Quotes

Kuzko: Um, what's with the chimp and the bug? Can we get back to *me*?
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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My Funny Friend and Me
Lyrics by Sting
Music by Sting and Dave Hartley
Performed by Sting
Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for Flyle Tyme Productions,
Inc.
Co-Produced by Big Jim Wright (as "Big Jim" Wright) for Flyle Tyme Productions, Inc.
Recorded by Dave Rideau and Steve Hodge
Mixed by Steve Hodge
Sting appears courtesy of A&M Records
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Fun with llamas!
17 September 2004 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Although my affection for other Disney movies of the 1990s has decidedly waned, my love for "The Emperor's New Groove" is still as strong as ever. In fact, I'm now beginning to think it's a work of genius. It's clever, unpretentious, fast-paced, and- like "Lilo and Stitch"- you don't feel that the vision of the film was muddled up by the suits. The characters are not constantly breaking into song, and there is a welcome lack of cloying sentiment. No cutesy talking teacups here! The lightning- fast comic timing, sharp writing and constant loony non sequiturs (i.e. "For the last time, we did not order a giant trampoline!") improves upon each viewing, and the voice work is uniformly excellent, from David Spade's hilariously bratty emperor to Patrick Warburton's dim boy-toy Kronk to Eartha Kitt's Yzma (an over-the-top screeching Erte-style villainess with an alleged "secret lab" who is also "scary beyond all reason"). You get the impression that everyone involved had lots of fun making this. The art direction, with its whirling cartoon Inca motifs, is simultaneously goofy and gorgeous- and it shows what marvels can be done with nary a pixel in sight. I even love all the local L.A. humor, with even Bob's Big Boy making an appearance. Although I was initially dismayed when I heard that the project, originally entitled, "The Kingdom of the the Sun," was to be changed to "The Emperor's New Groove," I think in the end the changes were a good thing. Did the world really need yet another bombastic Disney musical?

No, I didn't think so either.


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