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The Emperor's New Groove (2000)

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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:
Kuzco / Kuzco Llama (voice)
Pacha (voice)
Yzma (voice)
Kronk (voice)
Chicha (voice)
Kellyann Kelso ...
Chaca (voice)
Eli Russell Linnetz ...
Tipo (voice)
Theme Song Guy (voice)
Additional Voices (voice) (as Stephen Anderson)
Additional Voices (voice)
Additional Voices (voice) (as Rob Clotworthy)
Additional Voices (voice)
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A comedy about standing on your own four feet See more »


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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 USA:

$9,812,302, 17 December 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

(Dolby Digital 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (DTS HD Master Audio 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (8 channels) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (D-Cinema prints) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (Dolby Atmos) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

1.76 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Tipo says, "You know, I really don't believe you're my great-aunt, you're more like my...", he says great 23 times (that we hear, before and after the break to Kuzco and Pacha). See more »


Yzma tells Kronk that the only ones that know she's fired is the three of them (herself, Kuzco and Kronk) forgetting the person who wrote her pink slip which would make it four. See more »


[Kuzco and Pacha are tied to a tree branch floating in a river]
Pacha: Uh-oh.
Kuzco: Don't tell me. We're about to go over a huge waterfall.
Pacha: Yep.
Kuzco: Sharp rocks at the bottom?
Pacha: Most likely.
Kuzco: Bring it on.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: God's Not Dead (2016) See more »


Perfect World / Perfect World Reprise
Lyrics by Sting
Music by Sting and Dave Hartley
Performed by Tom Jones
Produced by Sting and Dave Hartley
Arranged, Orchestrated and Conducted by Dave Hartley
Recorded and Mixed by Frank Wolf
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Boom, baby!
16 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

"The Emperor's New Groove" is a rare hilarious Disney movie.

It's very different from any other Disney movie so this movie might also be very watchable to you Disney haters out there. The movie pace is incredibly high and the music by John Debney and Sting are a real surprise. The movie really is a non-stop hilarious comedy with some unique humor. Also the style, both visual and story-wise is different from any other previous Disney movie, which in this case is a positive thing.

The characters are great. Kuzco and Pacha are a perfect team. Yzma is a remarkable villain and her sidekick Kronk is hilarious. Yep, Laughs are guaranteed in this very hip and hilarious movie!

The story really is of no importance and most of it never makes sense but that's also why this movie is both unique and hilarious to watch over and over again.

Highly recommendable to everyone!



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