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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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Mark Dindal

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Chris Williams (story by), Mark Dindal (story by) | 9 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Spade ... Kuzco / Kuzco Llama (voice)
John Goodman ... Pacha (voice)
Eartha Kitt ... Yzma (voice)
Patrick Warburton ... Kronk (voice)
Wendie Malick ... Chicha (voice)
Kellyann Kelso Kellyann Kelso ... Chaca (voice)
Eli Russell Linnetz Eli Russell Linnetz ... Tipo (voice)
Stephen J. Anderson ... (voice) (as Stephen Anderson)
Bob Bergen ... Bucky / Fly stuck in web (voice)
Rodger Bumpass ... (voice)
Robert Clotworthy ... (voice) (as Rob Clotworthy)
Jennifer Darling ... (voice)
Patti Deutsch ... Waitress (voice)
John Fiedler ... Old Man (voice)
Miriam Flynn ... (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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Taglines:

Beware the groooooooooove! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kingdom in the Sun See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$89,302,687

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$169,327,687
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.76 : 1
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Trivia

Two subtle visual jokes: when Yzma pours the "drink" into the cactus plant, after Kuzco's neck transforms, the cactus turns into the shape of a llama. When Kronk is trying to hide in the background with Kuzco in the bag, the scene pulls back to reveal a painting of two figures pointing at Kronk. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

[Kuzco considers seven potential brides who all look remarkably alike]
Kuzco: Let's take a look-see. Hate your hair. Not likely. Yikes. Yikes. Yikes. And, let me guess, you have a great personality.
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In the closing Walt Disney Pictures logo, after the arc is drawn over the castle, it disappears. See more »


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Girl from Ipanema
Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, and Norman Gimbel
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"Bring it on."
20 March 2003 | by Victor FieldSee all my reviews

"The Emperor's New Groove" is stylistically a break from Disney tradition - it's closer in tone to the Genie in "Aladdin" or some of their TV shows than most of their movies, making a refreshing change. In fact, you could be forgiven for thinking that this isn't a Disney movie at all... the only talking animal has a good excuse for yapping in the voice of David Spade, the only romantic relationship is that between Pacha and his wife (and even there it's more the sign of a happily married couple), and apart from the Emperor's Theme Song Guy ("He's the hippest cat in creation...") - and Sting over the end credits, but we'll forgive that - no one bursts into song. Plus the emphasis is more on Warner Bros-type energetic humour than usual. No wonder it was a disappointment at the box office; not your traditional Disney movie.

Then again, "The Rescuers Down Under" was an underrated pleasure as well.

The story isn't particularly different - you've got the ruler who has to change externally before he can change internally ("Beauty and the Beast"), Kronk, the good-hearted sidekick of the villain (Yzma) who can't bring himself to kill the hero ("Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"), and so on - but as is often the case it's not so much what the plot is as how it's handled. Although the movie suffers from "Is-that...?" syndrome - it's too hard not to see Finch from "Just Shoot Me!" every time Kuzco speaks (strangely enough, even though Pacha's wife has the voice of Wendie Malick from the same show, I never pictured Nina Van Horn... which isn't the case with "Fillmore!", where Miss Malick voices Principal Folsom. Go figure) - the movie's speed, energy and high humour rate make it easy to forgive, with Kuzco and the bad guy's sidekick as standouts. The movie's also a bit more self-reverential than other Disney movies, notably in our hero's narration (plus at one point Yzma and Kronk notice they're leaving a blue trail behind them, which turns out to be the trail they leave on the map to the palace illustrating the race between them and our heroes).

The surprising thing is that it even works with character - though the Emperor is enough of a self-absorbed hedonist (to a prospective wife: "Let me guess - you've got a really great personality") to turn off Paris and Nicky Hilton, he and Pacha have a believable relationship throughout the movie, so that by the end we're rooting for him to get turned back into a human. Too bad Marc Shaiman's score was thrown out (he'd have been a natural, as opposed to John Debney), but no sense whining over what might have been. An adventure, a comedy and a drama all in one, "The Emperor's New Groove" has everything that was notably absent from DreamWorks' own South American-set cartoon "The Road to El Dorado" (charm, interest, no Elton John overdose and so on) and is the funniest movie from the House of Mouse since "Aladdin." It's easier to forgive them for giving the world "Dinosaur" in 2000 as well.

Why DOES she have that lever, anyway?


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