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The Emperor's New Groove (2000)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  15 December 2000 (USA)
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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:
Emperor Kuzco / Narrator (voice)
Pacha (voice)
Yzma (voice)
Kellyann Kelso ...
Eli Russell Linnetz ...
Theme Song Guy (voice)
(voice) (as Stephen Anderson)
Jennifer Darling ...
Patti Deutsch ...
Waitress (voice)
Old Man (voice)


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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Release Date:

15 December 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kingdom in the Sun  »

Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


ESP 250,669,396 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Sound Mix:

(Dolby Digital 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (L-R)| (DTS 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (L-R)| (8 channels) (5.1 Surround Sound) (L-R)| (5.1 Surround Sound) (L-R)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kuzco is named after Cusco, a city in southeastern Peru with ruins and churches. The ancient Incas worshiped there in Coriancha. See more »


The theme song describes Kuzco as an icon in "Mesoamerican history". Mesoamerica stretched from Mexico to Central America, not Peru where the story takes place. See more »


Yzma: [about the potion they used on Kuzco] Let me see that vile.
[the Death Label was actually that of a Llama folded up slightly, causing confusion]
Yzma: This isn't poison. This is extract of... llama!
Kronk: You know, in my defense, your poisons all look alike. You might think about relabeling some of them.
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Hilarious but short family treat!
7 May 2001 | by (Cedar Falls, IA) – See all my reviews

In all of it's 77 minutes this was still worth renting. (and buying in my opinion) Simply the best Disney film in recent memory. And no reason a 25 year old like me shouldn't see it. If you like laughing, this will serve a treat that will last for a very long time. (cute cat....) 10/10

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