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  • Dec 26, 2000
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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 peasant that is head of a village in Kuzco's kingdom. Kuzco tells Pacha that he's going to destroy his village in order to build "Kuzco-topia" as a gift to himself for his 18th birthday. Of course, Pacha is very upset. Kuzco's former advisor, Yzma (voiced by throaty Eartha Kitt) and sidekick Kronk (Patrick Warburton) turn Kuzco into a llama so that Yzma can take over the throne. Kuzco winds up with Pacha, and together they make their way back to the palace.

None of the characters sing in this film. At one point, Kronk hums his own theme music, but it's not the kind of song you're used to in a Disney movie. None of the main characters sing at all. It's very surprising, as voices of characters include Eartha Kitt and Wendy Malick - two women with great voices. John Goodman even knows how to sing, but they don't use him for that. Sting, however, does a great deal of the songs on the soundtrack. Unfortunately, the score isn't as memorable as those from other Disney films, such as The Little Mermaid and The Lion King.

Of course, the animation is fabulous. I've never seen an animated Disney film that I didn't like. However, it's not as great as other movies that have been released lately, including The Lion King.

The plot is good, too. It teaches kids not to be so self-absorbed and to be kind to others. I liked that the main character is a male, unlike a lot of the other Disney movies that circle around female characters. And, the villain is a woman, which is terrific. We haven't seen a good female villain since Ursula in The Little Mermaid.

There are a lot of adult jokes in this flick that go right over the heads of the little ones in the audience. It's nice that Disney remembers its older crowd. The people that were in our group ranged from 6 to 24, and all of us enjoyed it. My sister and I were rolling at a good deal of the "older" jokes.

Overall, The Emperor's New Groove is an excellent movie for the whole family to go to. Honestly, I wanted to see it anyway. I just took my cousins as an excuse.



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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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