Directed by: Mark Dindal
Starring: David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton
Release Date: December 15, 2000
Emperor Kuzco (David Spade) is a selfish young ruler used to getting everything he wants. One day Kuzco summons Pacha (John Goodman), a peasant, to his palace. Kuzco informs Pacha that he is going to destroy Pacha’s village to make room for his summer home.
In an attempt to assassinate Kuzco, his evil advisor Yzma (Eartha Kitt) accidentally turns him into a llama. In a remarkable twist of fate, Kuzco ends up in Pacha’s village. Kuzco, still in llama form, demands that Pacha helps him find his way back to his palace. Pacha agrees, on one condition: that Kuzco changes his mind about destroying Pacha’s village.
- The humor in The Emperor’s New Groove results from the movie’s cheesiness and absurdity. Yzma’s henchman Kronk (Patrick Warburton), a very large man with a very small brain, is particularly hilarious.
- In his voice acting, David Spade perfectly captures Emperor Kuzco’s whiny, demanding personality.
- The way the characters are drawn is humorous. Kronk, with a massive chest offset by a girlishly slender waist, both exaggerates and epitomizes the figure of a wrestler-type man. Yzma’s character is an amusing portrayal of the effects of aging.
- The positive results of friendship and forgiveness are powerfully illustrated.
- The story is standard animated movie fare.
The Drum Roll Please . . .
The Emperor’s New Groove is without doubt one of the funniest cartoon movies I’ve ever seen. The makers of this film knew that they were going to be making a cheesy comedy, and shamelessly embraced this calling. The result is an unique and surprisingly entertaining film.
8 out of 10