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The Emperor's New Groove [2000] (2 discs)

Director:Mark Dindal
Writer:David Reynolds
Composer:David Hartley
John Debney
Length:77 minutes
(1 hour 17 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Kids
Sorting Tub:Bravo
IMDB Rating:7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:83%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Emperor Kuzco's advisor attempts to kill him but ends up turning him into a llama instead.

Reaction: This movie gets kinda random and unpredictable at times, but it works. Pretty funny stuff.

Personal Rating: 8/10

"Ya got me. By all accounts it doesn't make sense."

Mark Dindal => Director
David Reynolds => Writer
David Hartley => Composer
John Debney => Composer
Sting => Songs
Bob Bergen => Bucky the Squirrel
David Spade => Narrator / Emperor Kuzco
Eartha Kitt => Yzma
Eli Russell Linnetz => Tipo, Pacha's Son
John Fiedler => Old Man
John Goodman => Pacha
Kellyann Kelso => Chaca, Pacha's Daughter
Patrick Warburton => Kronk, Yzma's Sidekick
Patti Deutsch => Waitress
Tom Jones => Theme Song Guy
Wendie Malick => Chicha, Pacha's Wife

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Playwright [?] David Mamet has said he considers the script for this film to be one of the most brilliantly innovative which Hollywood has produced in recent years.
  • Towards the end of the movie, Yzma turns into a cat. This may well be a reference to Yzma's voice actor, Eartha Kitt's role as 'Catwoman' in the original [Batman] television series.
  • When the llama Kuzco is in the jungle, he hears a fly screaming "Help me, help me!" as it is about to be attacked by a spider. This was an homage to the famous scene from Kurt Neumann's The Fly.
  • Pacha's name means "earth" in the Incan Language.
  • The original ending was of Kuzco building his huge summer home on the hill next to Pacha. Sting noted that it looked like Kuzco destroyed some of the landscape so instead of the mansion Kuzco ends up with a hut.
  • Patrick Warburton improvised when Kronk hummed his own theme song when he was carrying Kuzco in the bag to the waterfall. Disney legal department had Patrick to sign all rights to the humming composition over to them.
  • David Spade and Wendie Malick have appeared together on the TV sitcom "Just Shoot Me!" for several years.
  • Like many other Disney films, this one contains a number of hidden Mickey Mouse images. One is in the bushes when Kuzco gets pulled from the water and another is Yzma's head and earrings (upside down).
  • David Spade usually has an overweight co-star. He worked with [?] Chris Farley twice, with Artie Lange in Lost & Found, and here with John Goodman.
  • The makers of the film originally wanted to get Sting to sing the opening song but he said he was too old, they need someone more hip and younger. So they went with Tom Jones. Sting was in his 50s, Jones was in his 60s.