The Emperor's New Groove

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This dynamite Disney DVD should appeal to adults and children alike. The widescreen 1.66:1 transfer emphasizes the rich color of this "groovy" animated adventure, while the Dolby Digital 5.1 sound (English or French tracks) does justice to Sting's singular soundtrack. The disc is also flavored with plenty of "Extra Gravy" (bonus features), including five sneak peeks (most notably the highly anticipated Monsters, Inc.), two music videos (Sting's &"My Funny Friend and Me" and Rascal Flatts' "Walk the Llama Llama"), three behind-the-scenes featurettes ("The Research Trip" to Machu Picchu, "The Character Voices," and "Creating Computer Generated Images"), one deleted scene ("Practice Destruction of Pacha's Village"), "The Emperor's Got Game" set-top game, and a feature-length audio commentary by the filmmakers and animators.
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Special Features

Audio commentary with director Mark Dindal and others; behind-the scenes featurettes on character voices and the creation on CGI props;one fully animated deleted scene; making the music video, featuring Sting's "My Funny Friend and Me"; "The Emperor's Got Game" set-top game; French language track; DVD-ROM features.
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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.
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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.

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/1/2001
  • UPC: 786936144413
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / DTS
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:17:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Spade Voice Only
John Goodman Voice Only
Eartha Kitt Voice Only
Patrick Warburton Voice Only
Wendie Malick Voice Only
Kellyann Kelso Voice Only
Eli Russell Linnetz Voice Only
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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Scene Index

Disc #1 --
1. "The Name Is Kuzco" [:02]
2. Main Title ("Perfect World") [1:23]
3. Choosing A Bride [1:23]
4. Pacha Arrives At The Palace [:11]
5. The Emperor's Advisor [:11]
6. Kuzcotopia [2:21]
7. Yzma's Revenge [:30]
8. "To The Secret Lab!" [1:02]
9. A Diabolical Dinner [2:38]
10. Fishing The Job? [2:27]
11. Pacha Returns Home [:54]
12. Demon Llama! [1:19]
13. Into The Jungle [4:21]
14. Pacha To The Rescue [2:59]
15. The Transition Of Power [3:35]
16. Bad Dreams [3:19]
17. An Apparent Change Of Heart [2:03]
18. Battle At The Bridge [4:50]
19. In Hot Pursuit [1:47]
20. Mudka's Meat Hut [:40]
21. A Llama Alone [1:52]
22. Good News [5:30]
23. Friends, Finally [2:37]
24. Playtime At Pacha's [6:32]
25. The Chase [1:03]
26. The Final Showdown [:48]
27. A Whole New Groove [:08]
28. End Credits ("My Funny Friend And Me") [2:19]
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Menu

Disc #1 --
   Hip Scenes
   Extra Gravy
      Behind The Scenes
         The Research Trip
         The Character Voices
         Creating Computer Generated Images
         Play All
      Deleted Scene
      Sting Music Video
      Rascal Flatts Music Video
   Sneak Peeks
      Monsters, Inc.
      Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs
      The Hunchback of Notre Dame II
      102 Dalmatians
      Atlantis: The Lost Empire
   Tweak it
      Spoken Languages
      Captions
      Dts 5.1
   Disc #2--
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