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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)
Bucky the Squirrel (voice)
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?


Sting's wife Trudie Styler made a documentary about the troubled making of the film as part of the deal that involved her husband working on the film. Her completed documentary, "The Sweatbox", is owned by Disney and can be watched online on vidme. 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 and Kuzco never see each other. When one exits, the other enters]
Yzma: Make me the special. And hold the gravy!
Kronk: Check. Pickup!
Kuzco: You know what? On second thought, make my omelette a meat pie.
Kronk: Meat pie. Check.
Yzma: Kronk! Can I order the potatoes as a side dish?
Kronk: I'll have to charge you full price.
Yzma: [annoyed] Ooh.
Kuzco: Hey, how about a side of potatoes, my buddy?
Kronk: You got it. Want cheese on those potatoes?
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Spoofs Sleeping Beauty (1959) See more »


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,
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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High Praise For This 'Kids' Film
12 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

You've often heard the sales pitch, "adults will love it, too!" almost always referring to a kids' movie and in particularly, an animated movie for children. Well, in this case I agree. Even as a middle-aged adult, I enjoyed this.

The dialog is adult-friendly but at the same time not coarse or crude with no sexual innuendos, no profanity or even a hint of it. Yet, it's hip with some very clever lines.

The story is interesting and offers a few unique twists. David Spade does a fabulous job narrating, has a very pleasing voice, one that's fun to hear. I actually do think adults would like this more than children.

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