Sometime later, a restored Kuzco, having reflected on the consequences of his selfishness and made amends, takes Pacha's suggestion of moving Kuzcotopia over to a neighboring and unoccupied hill.

"[33] The song, "Perfect World", was approached "to open the movie with a big, fun number that established the power of Kuzco and showed how he controlled the world", according to then-Feature Animation president Thomas Schumacher. On its surface it appears to be one of the most simplistic and minimal of the Disney fold but this one just cuts through the bull shit for me. The message of the film is that you can find good in just about everyone, maybe except Yzma. Well, you'll never believe this, but that llama you're looking at was once a human being. As said I couldn't see satirical smartass David Spade in a Disney animation, not by a long shot, but blow me down he actually does a good job with his whiny voice. [78], The Sweatbox is a documentary that chronicled the tumultuous collaboration of Sting and David Hartley with the Disney studios to compose six songs for Kingdom of the Sun (the film's working title). I still liked their work, but think that it could have been better. Meanwhile, the emperor-llama learns humility in his new form and even comes to love a female llama-herder named Mata (voiced by Laura Prepon). Just confirm how you got your ticket. It's a silly movie, but I have to give a lot of credit to the colorful designs, great sense of humor, and, most definitely, the work of Eartha Kitt and Patrick Warburton as Yzma and Kronk, respectively. Whoever came out second would face the impression that they copied the other. Pacha offers to help Kuzco if he doesn't destroy his house, and so they form an unlikely partnership.

She starts to take the potion herself but is unintentionally defeated by Kronk, who emerges from a previously unknown door. The unfussy, tossed-off quality actually helps give this original story zippy irreverence some of Disney's plusher cartoons lack. With a little more application, and perhaps more time for fine-tuning, The Emperor's New Groove could have been a truly first-rate farce. Kuzco is a self-centered emperor who summons Pacha from a village and to tell him that his home will be destroyed to make room for Kuzco's new summer home. There's something for everyone in this hip, funny movie with its dynamo cast, distinctive style, and great music -- featuring the Academy Award®-nominated song "My Funny Friend And Me" (2000, Best Original Song). and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango. Oh and 'Pacha's' sweet adoring family make you wanna gag...but that's about it.

Before I left the film (and it was ultimately shelved), I created model sheets for not only Snowball, but for the rest of the herd of seven other llamas and for Kuzco as a Llama. Oh, yeah! During his time as the emperor and doing Yzma's orders, the pauper falls in love with the emperor's soon to be fiancé Nina who thinks he is the emperor that has changed his ways. Then I wanted some vengeance." Compared to other Disney efforts around the time, which got bogged down through strict adherence to convention, this film feels breezy and light on its feet. When Yzma and Kronk's plan backfires, Kuzko finds that he's been turned into a llama instead of lethally poisoned. [8], In 1996, the production crew traveled to Machu Picchu in Peru, to study Inca artifacts and architecture and the landscape this empire was created in. Heck, you could even garner that from putting one of these offerings against PIXAR or Dreamworks' output of the time (respectively Monsters, Inc. and Shrek). Get the snack. [84] Patrick Warburton, Eartha Kitt, and Wendie Malick reprised their roles for the sequel and series while J. P. Manoux replaced David Spade for the series and Fred Tatasciore voiced Pacha in season 1.

The book Reel Views 2 says the film would have been a "romantic comedy musical in the 'traditional' Disney style". [5], In the summer of 1997, it was announced that Roger Allers and Dindal would serve as the film's directors and Randy Fullmer as producer.

When it comes to the characters, the film has the same saving graces as The Sword in the Stone - namely a very funny sidekick and a memorable villain.

[1] In early 1997, producer Randy Fullmer contacted and offered Mark Dindal, who had just wrapped up work on Warner Bros.' Cats Don't Dance, to be co-director on Kingdom of the Sun.