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The Emperor's New Groove

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The Emperor's New Groove
Directed by Mark Dindal
Produced by Randy Fullmer
Don Hahn
Screenplay by David Reynolds
Story by Mark Dindal
Chris Williams
Starring David Spade
John Goodman
Eartha Kitt
Patrick Warburton
Wendie Malick
John Fiedler
Music by John Debney
Studio Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Feature Animation
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date(s) December 15, 2000 (2000-12-15)
Running time 78 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $100 million[1]
Money made $169,327,687[1]

The Emperor's New Groove is a 2000 American animated family movie. It was produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures through Buena Vista Distribution on December 15, 2000. The title refers to the fairy tale The Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen. The movie is not very much like the fairy tale.

The movie received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song for "My Funny Friend and Me" performed by Sting. It lost against "Things Have Changed" by Bob Dylan from Wonder Boys.

A direct-to-video sequel, Kronk's New Groove, was released in December 2005. There was also an animated television series, The Emperor's New School, in January 2006.

Plot[change | change source]

Kuzco is the mean eighteen year old emperor of the South American Inca Empire. One day, he summons Pacha the leader of a nearby village and tells him that on his birthday, he intends to destroy Pacha's village to make way for "Kuzcotopia", his enormous summer home, consequently rendering Pacha and his family homeless. Meanwhile, Yzma, Kuzco's ancient and sour advisor, whom he has recently fired, decides to get revenge on him by poisoning him. He and her dimwitted lackey Kronk set up a feast for Kuzco as part of the plan. The plan goes awry when Kuzco is transformed into a llama. Yzma orders Kronk to dispose of the body, but Kronk, driven by conscience, accidentally loses the body on Pacha's cart.

When Pacha arrives home, he discovers Kuzco on the back of his cart. When the emperor realizes he is a llama, he asks Pacha to take him back to his palace and be reverted to human form. The peasant refuses, unless Kuzco builds his summer home somewhere else. Kuzco then decides to take a shortcut through the jungle, where he is attacked by jaguars and saved by Pacha. The two then spend the night in the jungle.

Meanwhile, at the palace, Yzma holds a fake-and rather halfhearted-funeral for Kuzco, before having the palace redecorated and taking the throne. When Kronk accidentally reveals that Kuzco is alive, he and Yzma go out searching for him. Meanwhile, Kuzco and Pacha are on their way to the palace. They cross a rope bridge, which nearly collapses. He then goes back on his word to build his summer home on top of Pacha's house. The two fight, consequently collapsing the bridge and end up stranded above a river filled with crocodiles. Working together, they escape and soon have to take a longer route to the palace.

Meanwhile, Kronk and Yzma are searching the jungle for Kuzco when Kronk uses his outdoor skills to ask a squirrel called Bucky for directions. Kuzco and Pacha meanwhile arrive at a diner, with Kuzco disguised as a woman. Yzma and Kronk also arrive, and Pacha overhears them talking about destroying the emperor. Pacha tries to warn Kuzco, but he does not believe him and the two angrily go their separate ways. When Kuzco overhears Yzma talking about killing him. He calls out for the peasant, but finds that Pacha has left.

After spending the night alone in the jungle, Kuzco is reunited with Pacha. They arrive at Pacha's house and enlist his family to distract Yzma and Kronk who are searching for them. The two villains pursue them to the palace, and the chase seemingly ends when they fall off a cliff and are struck by lightning, however they still inexplicably reach the palace first. Yzma orders Kronk to kill Kuzco, but he is driven once again by conscience and is unable to do so, which leads to Yzma insulting Kronk and his cooking, before deciding to finish the job herself. She then calls the palace guards-who think that Kuzco has been murdered-and attack him and Pacha, before they are transformed into animals and chase them.

Pacha and Kuzco take all the vials they can carry and Kuzco is transformed into a tortoise, parrot, whale and back to a llama. They end up down to two potions-one of which will turn Kuzco into a human. Yzma uses the first one to turn herself into a cat. Pacha and Kuzco try to retrieve the vial, which Yzma steals but she is unintentionally foiled by Kronk. Kuzco is then transformed back to a human, and resolves to becoming more selfless. He builds himself a modest summer cabin and moves in with Pacha and his family. Meanwhile, Yzma-still as a cat-reluctantly becomes a member of Kronk's Junior Chipmunk troop.

Cast[change | change source]

  • David Spade as Emperor Kuzco, the selfish, 18-year-old emperor of the Inca Empire.
  • John Goodman as Pacha, a heavy peasant who is a foil for Kuzco.
  • Eartha Kitt as Yzma, Kuzco's advisor who wants to get rid of Kuzco so that she can take over.
  • Patrick Warburton as Kronk Pepikrankenitz, Yzma's dim-witted right-hand man.
  • Wendie Malick as Chicha, Pacha's frustrated wife. Throughout the movie, she is pregnant with a child. Her baby is born at the movie's end.
  • Kellyann Kelso and Eli Russell Linnetz as Chaca and Tipo, Pacha's kids.
  • Bob Bergen as Bucky the Squirrel, Kronk's companion who dislikes Yzma.
  • Tom Jones as the Theme Song Guy, Kuzco's personal theme song conductor.
  • Patti Deutsch as a waitress
  • John Fiedler as an old man thrown out of Kuzco's castle. He is later named Rudy in the sequel.
  • Joe Whyte as an official in charge of finding Kuzco a bride.

Annie Awards[change | change source]

Annie Awards are an award each year for animated movies.

Result Award Winner/Nominee Recipient(s)
Nominated Animated Theatrical Feature
Nominated Individual Achievement in Directing Mark Dindal (Director)
Nominated Individual Achievement in Writing Mark Dindal (Story)
Chris Williams (Story)
David Reynolds (Screenplay)
Nominated Individual Achievement in Storyboarding Stephen J. Anderson (Story Supervisor)
Nominated Individual Achievement in Storyboarding Don Hall (Story Artist)
Nominated Individual Achievement in Production Design Colin Stimpson (Art Director)
Won Individual Achievement in Character Animation Dale Baer (Supervising Animator—Yzma)
Won Individual Achievement in Voice Acting - Female Eartha Kitt ("Yzma")
Nominated Individual Achievement in Voice Acting - Male Patrick Warburton ("Kronk")
Won Individual Achievement in Music Sting (Music/Lyrics)
David Hartley (Music)

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