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By Josh Haley, Chicago Agricultural 

The Emperor’s New Groove is Disney’s 40th animated feature and while I personally wouldn’t consider it to be one of their best works, it’s definitely a classic!  Without revealing much of the story, Kuzco (voiced by David Spade) is the snobbish, narcissistic emperor of an outlandish kingdom in Peru. Pacha, a kind villager in the kingdom, is summoned by the emperor to discuss the construction of Kuzco’s summer getaway (named Kuzcotopia). From there, Kuzco reveals his plans to destroy Pacha’s home to make way for Kuzcotopia, much to his dismay. Meanwhile Yzma, Kuzco’s former advisor, devises a plan to murder Kuzco and take over his throne. This, however, doesn’t go as planned. Want to know how? Three words: extract of llama. This creates a serious of silly events that lead to Pacha and Kuzco having to work together to turn everything back to normal.

The Emperor’s New Groove is a very notable film because it breaks away from the typical Disney formula. For one, it’s not a musical and it also focuses on a more comical aspect. This film contains humor that kids and grown ups will enjoy, such as the dinner table scene where Yzma and her ditsy helper, Kronk, bring their plan to kill Kuzco into play by pouring poison into his drink. Unfortunately, Kronk mixes the poison into the other drinks and that takes us into the movie’s story line. This film also has a ton of hilarious moments and memorable quotes, “Oh, right. The poison. The poison for Kuzco, the poison chosen especially to kill Kuzco, Kuzco’s poison. That poison?”

Overall, I enjoyed The Emperor’s New Groove. While it isn’t one of my favorites and even a little vague on what the message is, I’d say it’s still worth the watch.


Interesting Fact: The Emperor’s New Groove is loosely based on a popular Danish fairy tale titled, ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes.’ Similarly, in that story, a narcissistic ruler faces an inconvenient fate as result of his selfish ways.

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