EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE
by David Bruce
This page was created on December 14, 2000
This page was last updated on May 31, 2005
by Mark Dindal
Spade .... Kuzco (Emperor) (voice)
Goodman .... Pacha (Llama Herder) (voice)
Eartha Kitt .... Yzma (voice)
Patrick Warburton .... Kronk (voice)
Wendie Malick .... Pacha's wife (voice)
Tom Jones .... Kuzco's Singer
by Randy Fullmer, Don Hahn (executive)
Original music by John Debney Sting (songs)
Film Editing by Tom Finan
Perfect World - Tom Jones 2. My Funny Friend And Me - Sting 3. Snuff
Out The Light (Yzums's Song) - Eartha Kitt 4. Walk The Llama Llama
- Rascal Flatts 5. Perfect World - Tom Jones (reprise) 6. Run Llama
Run 7. One Day She'll Love Me - Sting/Shawn Colvin (bonus track)
8. New Hope, A 9. Beware The Groove 10. Jungle Rescue, The 11. Pacha's
Homecoming / Blue Plate Special, The 12. Great Battle, The / Friends
All About... ME
Outrageous comedy reigns supreme in a mythical mountain kingdom when
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. Kuzco's "perfect world" becomes a perfect mess
as this most unlikely duo must deal with hair-raising dangers, wild
comic predicaments and - most
horrifying of all - each other as they race to return Kuzco to the
throne before Yzma tracks them down and finishes him off. Ultimately,
Kuzco's budding friendship with Pacha teaches this royal pain to see
his world in a different way. With its distinctive flavor, upbeat
music by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Sting, and stylish
animation, "The Emperor's New Groove" is sure to get moviegoers in
the groove for fun, fantasy and adventure.
STORY BEHIND THE FILM
development process for a Disney animated feature is a long and
arduous one that is always measured in years and frequently has
its share of false starts or dead ends. "Aladdin," "The Lion King,"
and "Tarzan" are just three examples of
recent films that ended up dramatically different from the original
concepts. As with all filmmaking endeavors, finding the right combination
of characters and story is a delicate balance that requires lots
of determination, persistence and creativity.
origins of "The Emperor's New Groove" date back to 1994, when the
creative team began developing a very different version of the story.
Originally titled "Kingdom in the Sun," the first approach was a
dramatic story inspired by pre-Columbian legend and prominently
featured an ambitious song score by Sting. As a normal part of the
development process, the story took many unexpected turns along
the way. Ultimately, it was decided to take the film in a whole
new direction. In 1998, the story was completely revamped with only
two of the main comedic characters and a few elements from the original
treatment retained. Dindal and Fullmer oversaw the creation of a
new concept, storyboards and screenplay.
recalls, "For the first two years, the film was a more serious epic
film. But we reached a point where we realized we weren't having
much fun and we really wanted to go on a different path."
were trying desperately to figure out what to do with the story
and how to give it a new spin," adds Dindal, "when one of our story
guys, Chris Williams, came up with a much kookier, wackier, crazier
version that was also very charming. He had the idea of making Pacha
an older character as opposed to the teenager that he was in the
original story. This spun things in a completely new direction for
us and sparked a whole new approach. Peter
Schneider (chairman of The Walt Disney Studios) encouraged us to
'think outside the box.' He wanted us to turn things upside down
and think differently. Along with Randy and our writer Dave Reynolds,
we began to kick things around and it gave us a new sense of spirit,
enthusiasm, and fun. Kuzco is not your typical Disney lead character
- a sympathetic, vulnerable character who has a desire but somebody
is holding him back. He's completely the opposite of that and winds
up in a predicament needing the help of somebody who is very good.
have always felt that the more absurd the characters are in a given
situation, the more fun you can have with them," notes Dindal. "One
of the things that really intrigued us was finding a way to mix
absurdity with emotion. When you do that you get the best of both
worlds because it doesn't get too sentimental. In this film, we
have a real odd couple - a young guy who only thinks of himself
and a common peasant who always thinks of others. The humor emerges
from their extreme personalities."
in a mythical mountain kingdom, the film follows the misadventures
of an arrogant, egocentric young Emperor named Kuzco, who is transformed
into a llama by his power-hungry advisor - the devious diva Yzma.
Stranded in a jungle, Kuzco's only chance to get back home and reclaim
the high life rests with a good-hearted peasant named Pacha. Kuzco's
"perfect world" becomes a perfect mess as this most unlikely duo must
deal with hair-raising dangers, wild comic predicaments and - most
horrifying of all - each other as they race to return Kuzco to the
throne before Yzma (aided by her muscle-bound manservant, Kronk) tracks
them down and finishes him off. Ultimately, Kuzco's budding friendship
with Pacha teaches the royal pain to see his world in a different
CARRIED THE GROOVE
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2001
this movie mainly because of Patrick Warburton's voice, his delivery
for Kronk. Kronk should have his own movie!
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2001
From: Patricia Pascua
I love this movie! In fact I've watched it more than a dozen times
since I own an original video CD. I find the voices so apt for all
the characters and my sister and I quote lines from the move to
each other. I do believe the movie presents lessons on how to be
less judgmental, more kind to others, and to value friends and friendship.
Also, I believe it illustrates the power of transformation, literally,
to change from bad to good, from bratty llama to benevolent emperor.
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2001
movie made me laugh out loud 50,00000 times over!
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001
From: Grim Reaper
I watched this show, it reminds me of God and Man. I see Kuzco's
character very much like Man; arrogant and self centered. And Pacha's
character is very much like the Good Shepherd; forgiving, understanding
and caring. In one scene, it reminded me fo King Nebuchadnazzer
when he turn in to a bull and was made to eat grass. This is one
animated movie with lotsa reference to the Bible
Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2001
there, I told my wife that this movie reminded me of the King in
the book of Daniel who refused to admitt that God not him was the
absolute creator of everything and He is the Highest Authority on
the Earth. So God reduced him in his mind to that of an animal who
ate grass like the cattle of the field. What do YOU think. Am I
right or way off base.
Sure, I like it. -David
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000
movie has a few ups and downs! The family is a great aspect to the
movie, because it shows how families should be. The emperor himself
did not go well with me!
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