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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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Mingin'! See more »


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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 (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the final chase, Kuzco and Pacha run down a curling stone staircase ahead of the now-transformed palace guard. The shadows of the octopus-guard are thrown on the wall at the head of the stairs. The whole image is an homage to the iconic "Sorcerer's Apprentice" scene in Fantasia (1940) See more »

Goofs

At the resturant when Kuzco is dressed as a female, he is wearing Pacha's poncho as a dress. He can be seen taking it off and dropping it near the restaurant, so when Pacha is wearing it later, it could well be because he's picked it up. See more »

Quotes

Pacha: Where'd you come from, little guy?
Kuzco: No... touchy.
Pacha: Demon llama!
Kuzco: Demon llama? Where?
[Turns around and sees Misty, a real llama]
Misty: Maaah.
Kuzco: Aaah!
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Crazy Credits

In the closing Walt Disney Pictures logo, after the arc is drawn over the castle, it disappears. See more »

Alternate Versions

A sequence showing Kuzco's guards training for the destruction of Pacha's village was fully animated, scored, and in color when it was deleted from the film. Animation of the guards from this sequence appears during the final battle in the film's third act. This sequence appears as a special feature on the DVD. See more »

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Criminally Underrated
11 October 2003 | by espionage_at_homeSee all my reviews

"The Emperor's New Groove" is, simply, one of the most underrated movies in cinema history. It is certainly the most underrated Disney 'toon, and I find that impossible to understand; it's bright, colourful, witty and, most importantly, completely hilarious!

The story is a kind of demented fairytale: spoilt young emperor is accidentally turned into a llama by his bitter advisor and teams up with a local peasant to undo this crime and return him to his human form. What that summary completely fails to convey is the sheer brilliance of this tale; not only is it blessed with simple but great animation, a cracking pace, a witty script, original jokes and quirky asides, but the whole thing seems to be a lot greater than the sum of its parts. The characters are wonderfully drawn and are some of the most memorable in Disney history; Kronk is hilariously naive and simple (Patrick Warburton does a brilliant voice-job here), David Spade is on top form as the cruelly sarcastic Kuzco (Disney's most despicable "hero") and Eartha Kitt's Yzma is a gloriously over-the-top riot - a Disney villainess who tries so hard to be bad and scary that she ends up simply looking a fool who can't even impress a squirrel (if you watch the movie, you'll know what I mean).

While the awful - and, crucially, unfunny - "Shrek" wowed the masses and got labelled one of the best comedies ever made, "The Emperor's New Groove", despite glowing reviews, only has something of a cult following, and anyone who didn't ignore it upon its release is glad of it. If you're looking for something to make you laugh out loud, join that tiny cult now and give "The Emperor's New Groove" the chance it deserves to give you an immensely entertaining night in.

RATING: ***** (out of five)


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