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
Jaguars do not travel in large groups. Even if they did, there would not be so many black jaguars in one place, as this color is not as common as that. See more »
[Film stops, llama Kuzco appears on screen]
Uh, excuse me. Two seconds here. I'm the one in the cart, remember? This story is about me.
[Circles the bag on the cart where he is]
[Crosses out Pacha]
Okay, we're clear? All right, we're gonna move ahead. Sorry to keep you waiting.
[Exits; returns to scribble over Pacha; realizes he's still on screen, chuckles, then leaves; film starts up again]
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But the typical faults of all the other recent animated movies are still evident. I'm talking about the loud, loud, LOUD soundtrack that gives you a massive headache. That is about the only bad thing I can think of.
The main reason TENG is better than other Disney rubbish is the (almost) complete absence of stupid, moronic songs that are typical for Disney output. I found this quite refreshing and made the film easier to watch.
I thought that David Spade and John Goodman, as Emperor Kuzco and Pacha, gave some of the better voice performances in an animated cartoon and the animation style was always cool to look at and colorful. The jaguars were funny and Yzma was so disturbing that maybe some of the younger kids in the audience had nightmares about her. But the best character was Kronk, the dumb but kind-hearted assistant to Yzma. This is a great example of how an animated character can still be as likable as a live action one.
I have to admit that when I first saw the trailer for this film I was not impressed. It seemed like yet another kid's movie about a king (Prince of Egypt) and his life etc. But when he turned into a Llama the look of the film radically changed and I looked forward to seeing it. It is a wonderfully original idea and it is executed with great wit and self-aware humor.
If only most Disney animated movies were this good, that means we would not be subjected to such hell as Dinosaur and Tarzan. But I recommend that you buy the DVD of this movie to watch it as seeing it with a theatre full of kids and parents who don't really want to be there is not the preferred viewing experience. 8/10
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