Emperor's New Groove

The Emperor's New Groove

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Director: Mark Dindal, David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt

Cast: Mark Dindal, David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt

     
 

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A ruler learns how the other half lives -- the animal half, that is -- in this animated comedy-adventure from the Walt Disney Studios. Kuzco (voice of David Spade) is the young emperor of an Inca nation who takes a self-centered joy in the troubles of others. Not surprisingly, Kuzco's attitudes have earned the enmity of many of his subjects, including Yzma (voice of

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A ruler learns how the other half lives -- the animal half, that is -- in this animated comedy-adventure from the Walt Disney Studios. Kuzco (voice of David Spade) is the young emperor of an Inca nation who takes a self-centered joy in the troubles of others. Not surprisingly, Kuzco's attitudes have earned the enmity of many of his subjects, including Yzma (voice of Eartha Kitt), a sorceress who wants to seize power away from the emperor after he relieved her of her royal duties, declaring she was too old and unattractive to do the job. Yzma and her musclebound assistant Kronk (voice of Patrick Warburton) hatch a plan to poison Kuzco and take the throne, but thanks to a mistake on Kronk's part, Kuzco isn't killed -- he's instead turned into a talking llama. Kronk can't bring himself to kill the llama, and instead sends the former emperor into the jungle to fend for himself. Kuzco doesn't do too well as a llama until he runs into Pacha (voice of John Goodman), a poor farmer whose property Kuzco once planned to take over for a vacation home. Soft-hearted Pacha agrees to help the emperor-turned-llama find his way back home where, hopefully, another sorcerer can reverse the spell, but once they hit the road, they discover Yzma and Kronk are looking for them, with Yzma determined to finish the assassination she started. Pop star Sting composed several original songs for The Emperor's New Groove, which during its long and troubled production had previously been announced as Kingdom in the Sun and Kingdom of the Sun.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
If one views Disney as a sort of empire of children's animation, then it's not much of a stretch to assume that the emperor -- in the wake of the technically awesome but relatively laugh-free Dinosaur -- was in desperate need of a new groove. This feature, Disney's loosest, hippest, and funniest animated work since Hercules, certainly delivers on that in spades. Or rather, David Spade, whose smart-alecky vocal stylings give the young and arrogant emperor Kuzco plenty of snap. John Goodman is the voice of gentle giant Pacha, a peasant whose home is slated for demolition so Kuzco can build his summer palace, Kuzcotopia. The indefatigable Eartha Kitt is the voice of the "scary beyond all reason" Yzma, the most memorable (and funniest) Disney villain since James Woods's Hades. She schemes to kill Kuzco, but her plot backfires when her dense, scene-stealing sidekick Kronk (Patrick Warburton of The Tick) gives the unwitting Kuzco a potion that turns him into a llama instead. Kuzco gets Pacha to accompany him back to the castle to undo Yzma's spell, and they predictably must learn to rely on each other to survive. But getting there is all the fun. The songs by Sting are a bit of a letdown, but they are the only flat notes in this rollicking little gem. Reportedly, this offbeat buddy comedy began life as something more epic and dramatic. Fortunately, funnier heads prevailed.
All Movie Guide
The Emperor's New Groove was a curious anomaly for Disney; released in December, outside of the studio's regular blockbuster-per-summer schedule, without much fanfare or marketing muscle. It wasn't a very kid-friendly sell, almost totally lacking in cute animals and songs, and it stars a supercilious, bratty emperor (voiced by David Spade, natch) who repents his awful behavior far more gradually than your average reformed cartoon character. These characteristics undoubtedly contribute to its refreshing, adult-oriented charm, but what really distinguishes the film is not its story or dialogue, which are only mid-level clever. The grooviest thing is its angular, impressionistic animation, which is reminiscent of the studio's version of Hercules, but on acid. From the bat-like sorceress cackled by Eartha Kitt to the square-jawed numbskull voiced innocently by square-jawed Patrick Warburton, the animators delve deeply into their twisted side, using wild brush strokes to match drawings to character traits. The never-named setting and its landscapes are also replete with gnarled, jutting beauty. The film moves along quickly on a loopy succession of set pieces more than a developing story, and it doesn't need songs to bridge them, although Sting had written some that were mostly scrapped to his great displeasure when Disney decided to take the film in another direction. Despite a troubled production that featured periods when it might have been given a hip-hop edge, The Emperor's New Groove emerges as a sophisticated achievement in animation and one of Disney's more original films.
New York Times - Stephen Holden
On the surface, Disney's newest animated film looks and sounds like a poor second cousin to Dreamworks's far more splendiferous (but dreary) "Road to El Dorado." But once it hits its groove, so to speak, the new movie exhibits a cheeky effervescence and spunk that were conspicuously absent in its glittering dud of a predecessor...."The Emperor's New Groove," directed by Mark Dindal, shrewdly avoids pompous moralizing in favor of zany high jinks and snide, adolescent jokes, which Mr. Spade delivers with a typically smug twerpiness that suits the role just fine.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2001
UPC:
0786936144598
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Spade Kuzko
John Goodman Pacha
Eartha Kitt Yzma
Patrick Warburton Kronk
Wendie Malick Chica
Kellyann Kelso Chaca
Eli Russell Linnetz Tipo

Technical Credits
Mark Dindal Director,Original Story
Roger Allers Original Story
Tim Chau Sound/Sound Designer
John Debney Score Composer
Paul Felix Production Designer
Randy Fullmer Producer
Don Hahn Executive Producer
David Hartley Score Composer,Songwriter
Patricia Hicks Associate Producer
Matthew Jacobs Original Story
Ruth Lambert Casting
Mel Metcalfe Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
Terry Porter Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
David Reynolds Screenwriter
Colin Simpson Art Director
Sting Score Composer,Songwriter
Mark Walton Original Story
Christopher Williams Original Story
Pamela Ziegenhagen-Shefland Editor
Dean A. Zupancic Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer

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The Emperor's New Groove 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
TheMJ More than 1 year ago
They shipped soon after I ordered and I got my movie in 10 days. The only bad thing was the movie case was damaged, the DVD was in great shape and in the end that's what matters.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone is truly great in their voice characterizations in this film (including Kronk). But perhaps the best is Eartha Kitt's Izma, the best Disney villian since Cruella DeVille! This is the favorite Disney film of all my children (ages 1-14). We enjoy it also! Truly underrated, great, funny film!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was great it was so funny i was about to die i laughed so hard david spaid was fantastic i would recomend you buy this movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really really really like this movie...no, wait, I LOVE this movie! David Spade is the right person for Kuzco, as well as all the other actors that did the voices. Kronk, the evil lady's helper (ah...I forgot her name) reminds me of my English teacher...almost to the T, but it's all cool. IF you haven't seen this movie, I really do gaurentee you to get it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Me and my 3 year old love this movie and watch it all the time. David spade is hilarious as the emperor/llama.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS MOVIE IS DA BOMB easily the funniest animated movie ever (followed close by the road to elderado) Awesome voice acting a must buy for kids and adults!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
By far, one of my favorite Disney movies to date. Followed closely by Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. Hilarious characters, and story line. I have seen this movie sooo many times that even my hubby moans when I grab it!! David Spade was easy to hate (in the beginning) and Kronk totally made the movie. Love this movie!! Think I'll go home and watch it again (and hear my hubby groan once more!! he he)
Jay_Godzilla_fan More than 1 year ago
Adults and kids alike will love this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I saw this movie, I laughed so hard I almost fell off the couch! I love Kronk's character, he is so helariously stupid. David Spade did a fantastic job with his character, Kuzco. The self-absorbed, self-centered, vain lama still tries to push people around as though he were still the emperor. The only way that Kuzco can get back to his empire and turn back into a man is by thinking with his heart and realizing that there is more to life than just getting what he wants. Pacha (played by John Goodman) is a simple caring man, with a pregnant wife and two carismatic kids. He finds Kuzco in the forest and the journey begins. This a great movie for the whole family. I highly recomend it for any age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My children have reached a point where they groan when I put this in the DVD player. This movie is just so FUNNY. David Spade's sarcasm has me rolling on the floor each time I watch it. And talk about phrases that are easy to pick up! By far my favorite Disney film
kerenor More than 1 year ago
very cute,very funny and recommended to all!!!
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