Emperor Kuzco is turned into a llama by his devious advisor, Yzma, and her hunky henchman, Kronk. Now the ruler who once had it all must form an unlikely alliance with a pleasant peasant named Pacha. Together, they must overcome their differences as they embark on an adventure.
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An all time favourite animated feature, and a great way to usher Disney out of the 1990s, where many childhood memories were made with classics like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Mulan, Hercules, and so on. Unfortunately, soon after this Disney made the switch to computer animation and it all went downhill. This stands true, though, with beautiful animation and layered humour.
Fun, fun movie. After being flooded with mixed CGI features, it's so nice to go back and watch simple animated features from the early 2000's, bad and good (this, "The Jungle Book 2," and "Hey Arnold: The Movie" to name a few). Just a nice, breezy adventure, innocuous and high-energy. Great voice acting by the way.
The body language of the characters are not only brilliantly realized by the animators, but are perfectly matched to each voice actor's style. Inspired performances by Spade, Goodman, Kitt, and show-stealer Patrick Warburton as Kronk, remind us that Disney voice-casting should be more than just employing the biggest, most popular names. The story arc limitations of the "Disney formula" are perfectly parodied.
This is still the funniest Disney movie ever made, I don't care what anyone else says; they're all haters. Haters gonna hate. Anyway, I still laugh hilariously every time I watch it. Plus it has David Spade in a tolerable role which is almost unheard of. Patrick Warburton is best thing about the movie, and I'm not ashamed to say I have a man crush on him. That voice is so deep, bellowing, and awesome...-sigh-...
Although Kingdom of the Sun could have been interesting (see The Sweatbox for more), The Emperor's New Groove still remains a childhood favourite, departing from the typical Disney musical formula, being loonier than anything Disney did before, and especially keeping heart and moralistic value.
Gets most of its humor from postmodern hyperbole, deus ex machina, and inversion, but its all clever - and even without songs, it runs along at a brisk and welcome pace. Iconoclastic in Disney's catalog and therefore interesting for all the wrong reasons.