The Emperor's New Groove

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The Emperor's New Groove
Genre: Buddy


Photography: Color
Running Time: 77 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: December 15, 2000
Directed by: Mark Dindal
Written by: David Reynolds

Chris Williams
Mark Dindal

Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures
Starring: David Spade

John Goodman
Eartha Kitt
Patrick Warburton
Wendie Malick

Previous film: N/A
Next film: Kronk's New Groove

The Emperor's New Groove is a 2000 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures through Buena Vista Pictures Distribution on December 15, 2000. The 40th animated feature in the Disney Animated Canon, the film is a comedy including adult and child humor. Produced by Randy Fullmer and directed by Mark Dindal over a six-year production timeline, The Emperor's New Groove was altered significantly from its original concept as a more traditional Disney musical entitled Kingdom of the Sun, to have been directed by Dindal and Roger Allers (co-director of The Lion King).


Arrogant young Emperor Kuzco is transformed into a llama by his power-hungry advisor -- the devious diva Yzma. Stranded in the jungle, Kuzco's only chance to get back home and reclaim the high life rests with a good-hearted peasant named Pacha. Together, they must return Kuzco to the throne before Yzma tracks them down and finishes him off.

Why It Rocks

  1. Unlike most Disney films, it has no musical numbers, is very comical and funny, nothing dark or scary happens at all, and is 100% G-rated.
    • This animated film was totally hilarious for a G rating.
    • It was the Disney version of the very zany Looney Tunes of the Warner Bros. studios.
  2. Memorable characters like Kuzco, Pacha, and Kronk.
  3. Great voice acting especially from David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt and Patrick Warburton.
  4. Proper character development. Kuzco starts off as a pampered, selfish jerk who cares about being emperor, until he learns that there's more to life than being the emperor.
  5. Great animation, compared to previous Disney animated films.
  6. Eartha Kitt did a good job voicing Yzma, the main antagonist.
  7. Some funny moments.
  8. Great soundtrack.
  9. It is a parody of most Disney films, which is what makes it special.
  10. The film uses the misunderstanding plot to its advantage, and does a good job at it.
  11. The ending was nice, where Kuzco joins Pacha's family.
  12. It spawned a sequel television series, which was also good.
  13. These quotes:
    • "Oh, right. The poison. The poison for Kuzco, the poison chosen especially to kill Kuzco, Kuzco's poison. That poison?"
    • "Beware of the Groove! The Grooooove!!"
    • "Pull the lever, Kronk. WRONG LEVEEEEEER!!! Why do we even have that lever?"
    • "Llama face!"
    • "Don't tell me, we are about to head over a huge waterfall. Bring it on. BOOOOOOO-YAAAAA-HA-HA-HA WHOOOOOOOO!!"

Bad Qualities

  1. Kuzco can be a jerk at times, especially at the beginning. He also fired Yzma for no other reason.
  2. While it was funny, it can be a little bit weird.
  3. It got an awful Direct-to-Video sequel.
  4. It was mismarketed during its original release date as Disney was more focused on 102 Dalmatians - a terrible sequel to a questionable film. In fact, the only merchandise released for this film were McDonalds toys that were released in the summer of 2000 (before the film was delayed yet again to Christmas 2000).