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Beware the Groooooove...!

  • Nov 15, 2007
Rating:
+5
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 quoted lines from a Disney movie like I do this one. Come to think of it, I don’t even remember how we got this movie. I just know my sister swiped it from the house when she went off to college and then when I visited her, I swiped it. Wahaha! And it just now occurred to me that I hadn’t reviewed any 5 star things in a while, so I thought this was a great movie, why not?

We start off with a llama. Aww he’s so sad! This llama is actually Emperor Kuzco (David Spade). Let’s go back to find out how he ended up as a llama. You see, Kuzco had it great. Everything at his disposal, a big shiny gold palace, thousands of subjects ready to serve him. Except he had one flaw. Kuzco is a jerk. That’s right – a spoiled little brat. And things always go bad when a spoiled little brat is in charge of things.

Now we go back a little ways to see how things began. After a lovely little song about Kuzco and his greatness, reminding me of some kind of Las Vegas show tune. After all, Tom Jones is the theme song guy. Don’t worry, this is one of the few Disney movies without tons of singing – this is the only song around for miles. But as Kuzco dances around, he bumps into an old man.

“OH! You threw off my groove!”

And promptly the old man is thrown out of a window. Yes, Kuzco isn’t the best guy. But now we get to meet Pacha (John Goodman), who helps untangle the old man from a banner and is warned, “Beware the groooove!” Pacha’s been summoned and for what reason, he’s not sure yet, but he’s soon to find out.

We switch back into the palace where Kuzco has just decidedly fired Yzma (Eartha Kitt), the royal family’s long, long, long time advisor for constantly stepping over her bounds and getting too comfy on Kuzco’s throne. Needless to say she’s not very happy about that and leaves in a very sour mood with her current right hand man, Kronk (Patrick Warburton), who, by the way, is about as intelligent as...well, he’s both dumb and smart as you’ll see in the future.

Then he calls in Pacha just to find out the best place on the hills where Pacha lives. He’s ready to displace an entire village just for his birthday present, “Kuzcotopia!” much to Pacha’s dismay. But, as we see once again, Kuzco doesn’t care in the least.

Yes, Kuzco is indeed a jerk. Yzma isn’t taking being fired very well and with Kronk’s help (sort of) poisons Kuzco that night at dinner. Er…kind of. Instead of being dead, Kuzco ends up as a llama. On orders of Yzma, Kronk knocks out Kuzco and is ordered to dump the body somewhere. After a couple more mishaps, the unconscious Kuzco ends up on Pacha’s cart as Pacha leaves the city. Oops.

Now it’s up to Pacha to help Emperor Kuzco get back to the palace and turn back into a human. But unless Kuzco agrees to ditch the idea of Kuzcotopia, Pacha’s not budging. Things get pretty crazy as the two both fight to get what they want, putting them both in some pretty perilous situations from time to time – which are hilarious in themselves. But they also have to keep away from Yzma and Kronk, who are once again on Kuzco’s tail (haha, get it?!). Will Kuzco change his ways so he can become human again?

This movie is absolutely ridiculous – which is why it’s so great. All the voice actors were awesome in this movie and made it a lot of fun. David Spade portrays Kuzco perfectly, especially with the sarcasm and nasty quips. Eartha Kitt is a great Yzma – a perfect fit voice wise. I don’t think anyone could have done any better. The same goes for Kronk, he’s almost impossible not to love. And John Goodman as Pacha worked out great too. Usually I don’t like it that much when celebrities do voice acting, but sometimes when things are just goofy and they do it for fun, it always seems to turn out much better.

Got some time to kill? Pop this in and see what you think – it’s just one of those movies where you hang out just to be amused. Works for me!

"Aaah! Llama face!

NT


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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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Director: Mark Dindal
Genre: Family
Release Date: December 15, 2000
MPAA Rating: G
Screen Writer: David Reynolds
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2001
Runtime: 78 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Video
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