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The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

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Coming Out at 15 December 2000 in theaters

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The Emperor’s New Groove is animated buddy comedy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 40th animated Disney feature film and was directed by Mark Dindal from a script written by David Reynolds, based on a story by Chris Williams and Dindal. The voice cast features David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton, and Wendie Malick. The Emperor’s New Groove follows a young and self-centered Incan emperor, Kuzco, who is transformed into a llama by his ex-advisor, Yzma. In order for the emperor to change back into a human, he trusts a village leader, Pacha, who escorts him back to the palace.

Development began in 1994, when the film was conceived as a musical epic titled Kingdom of the Sun. Following his directorial debut with The Lion King (1994), Roger Allers recruited English musician Sting to compose several songs for the film. Because of the underwhelming box office performances of Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dindal was brought in as co-director to make the film more comedic. Because of poor test screenings, creative differences with Dindal and production falling behind schedule, Allers departed, and the film became a lighthearted comedy instead of a dramatic musical. A documentary, The Sweatbox (2002), details the production troubles that The Emperor’s New Groove endured during its six years of development.

The Emperor’s New Groove was released to theaters on December 15, 2000. It performed disappointingly at the box office compared to Disney films released in the 1990s, grossing $169.3 million on a $100 million budget. However, the film found larger success when it was released for home media, and became the bestselling DVD of 2001. It received generally favorable reviews from critics, who praised it as one of the best films released during Disney’s post-Renaissance era and the most comedic. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the song “My Funny Friend and Me,” performed by Sting, but lost to “Things Have Changed” by Bob Dylan from Wonder Boys. A direct-to-video sequel, Kronk’s New Groove, was released in 2005, and an animated spin-off, The Emperor’s New School, aired on Disney Channel from 2006 to 2008.

Director: Mark Dindal

Writers: Chris Williams, Mark Dindal, David Reynolds, Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall, John Norton, Roger Allers, Matthew Jacobs, Doug Frankel, Mark Kennedy, Mark Walton

Stars: David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton, Wendie Malick, Kellyann Kelso, Eli Russell Linnetz

Cast:

David SpadeKuzco (voice)
John GoodmanPacha (voice)
Eartha KittYzma (voice)
Patrick WarburtonKronk (voice)
Wendie MalickChicha (voice)
Kellyann KelsoChaca (voice)
Eli Russell LinnetzTipo (voice)
Stephen J. Anderson(voice)
Bob BergenBucky / Fly stuck in web (voice)
Rodger BumpassTownspeople (voice)
Robert ClotworthyGuards (voice)
Jennifer Darling(voice)
Patti DeutschWaitress (voice)
John FiedlerOld Man (voice)
Miriam FlynnThe Piñata Lady (voice)
Geri Lee Gorowski(voice)
Jess HarnellGuard (voice)
Sherry LynnWoman #2 (voice)
Danny MannVarious People (voice)
Mickie McGowanWoman #1 (voice)
D.F. Reynolds(voice)
Andre StojkaTopo (voice)
Steve Susskind(voice)
Joe WhyteOfficial (voice)
Mark DindalKitty Yzma (voice)
Tom JonesTheme Song Guy (voice)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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