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Originally developed as an epic calledKingdom of the Sun,The Emperor's New Groovelost scale and most of Sting's song score (some of which can be heard on the soundtrack) on its way to the screen. The end result is the lightest Disney film in many a moon, a joyous romp akin toAladdinin its quotient of laughs for kids and adults. The original story centers on the spoiled teenage emperor Kuzco (David Spade), who enjoys getting the best of his Aztecan subjects. When he fires Yzma (Eartha Kitt), his evil sorceress, she seeks revenge and turns Kuzco into a llama with the help of her hunk of the month, a lunk named Kronk (Patrick Warburton). Alone in the jungle, the talking llama is befriended by Pacha (John Goodman), who has just been told to vacate his pastoral home by the human Kuzco. What's an ego to do? That's pretty much the story and the characters--simple, direct, fun--a Disney film on a diet. For any fan of the acidic humor of Spade, this is essential viewing. As narrator of his tale, Kuzco uses a sarcastic tone to keep the story jumping with plenty of fun asides (he even "stops" the film at one point to make sure you know the story is abouthim). Even better is character actor Warburton (Elaine's stuck-up boyfriend onSeinfeld), who steals every scene as the dim-witted, but oh-so-likable Kronk. There's even a delicious Tom Jones number that starts the film off with a bang.--Doug Thomas
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CastPatrick Warburton, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, David Spade, Wendie Malick, Kellyann Kelso, Eli Russell Linnetz
DirectorMark Dindal
Genre:  Family
Release Date:  December 15, 2000
MPAA Rating:  G
Screen WriterDavid Reynolds
DVD Release Date:  May 1, 2001
Runtime:  78 minutes
Studio:  Walt Disney Video
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Quick Tip by . October 07, 2010
Entertaining characters, well told tale, fast paced action and amazing animation to captivate children of all ages
review by . November 15, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: David Spade is awesome as a voice actor     Cons: It's not up there with Disney's more renowned movies – oh well.     The Bottom Line: "Hey tiny, I wanna get out of this body, wouldn't you??"     Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot. “Because you won’t change your mind, I’m not taking you back. Mee mee mee moo moo moo…”      I don’t think I’ve ever …
review by . July 07, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
"The Emperor's New Groove" is a unique film in the vaults at Disney. It plays with the audience instead of in front of the audience, and the burning sarcasm of the emperor's character isn't found in any other Disney flick. Unfortunately, this movie seems to be cursed by the idea that any Disney movie has to be done on a grand scale and end with some great moral truth. Why can't a Disney movie just be fun?   "The Emperor's New Groove" doesn't seem to draw as much attention as other Disney …
review by . September 11, 2001
posted in Movie Hype
Disney is well-known for their high-scale musical cartoons. Pop ballads from or inspired by their musical cartoons usually find themselves at the top of the charts. THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE was supposed to be a musical like that, one with a strong moral message, lots of syrupy love songs, and breathtaking animation. However, something happened along the way. The movie took a completely different turn (why do you think the film was 1st released at the end of the year instead of the summer?) and ended …
review by . December 26, 2000
Pros: Very Funny; Good Script; Nice Cast; Caters To All Ages     Cons: no singing characters, like we're used to from Disney     Disney Pictures has released yet another blockbuster film for the 2000 holiday season. David Spade and John Goodman team up in the hilarious new animated Disney flick, The Emperor's New Groove.      Kuzco (Spade) is a self-absorbed Emperor who rules for one reason: To make himself happy. Pacha (Goodman) is a poor …
review by . December 26, 2000
Pros: Very Funny; Good Script; Nice Cast; Caters To All Ages     Cons: no singing characters, like we're used to from Disney     Disney Pictures has released yet another blockbuster film for the 2000 holiday season. David Spade and John Goodman team up in the hilarious new animated Disney flick, The Emperor's New Groove.      Kuzco (Spade) is a self-absorbed Emperor who rules for one reason: To make himself happy. Pacha (Goodman) is a poor …
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