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The Emperor's New Groove

to watch the 40th movie in Disney Animated Classics series based on the Danish fairy tale The Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen; The movie received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song for "My Funny Friend and Me" performed by Sting. The Emperor's New Groove made $89,302,687 at the U.S. box office, and an additional $80,025,000 worldwide; totals lower than those for most of the Disney Feature Animation productions released in the 1990s. A direct-to-video sequel, Kronk's New Groove, was released in December 2005, followed by an animated television series, The Emperor's New School, in January 2006.
 
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Emperor Kuzco, the selfish, 18-year-old emperor of the Inca Empire
Emperor Kuzco, the selfish, 18-year-old emperor of the Inca Empire


Pacha, a portly peasant who serves as a foil for Kuzco
Pacha, a portly peasant who serves as a foil for Kuzco


Yzma, Kuzco's advisor
Yzma, Kuzco's advisor


Kronk Pepikrankenitz
Kronk Pepikrankenitz
   
Soundtracks : My Funny Friend and Me, Perfect World, "Girl from Ipanema"

Quotes

Kuzco: This is Yzma, the emperor's advisor. Living proof that dinosaurs once roamed the Earth.

Kuzco: Maybe I'm just new to this whole rescuing thing, but this, to me, might be considered kind of a step backwards, wouldn't you say?

Pacha: Oh, really? I'm supposed to see him today.
Old Man: Don't throw off his groove!
Pacha: Oh, okay.

Kuzco: Oh, a leaf! Oh, it might attack me. Oh, it's a scary tree! I'm afraid. Please. Never find my way? I'm the Emperor, and as such, I'm born with an innate sense of direction. Okay, where am I?

Kuzco: And let's not forget Yzma's right-hand man. Every decade or so she gets a new one. This year's model is called Kronk.

Old Man: His groove! The rhythm in which he lives his life. His pattern of behavior. I threw it off. And the Emperor had me thrown out the window.

Kronk: You owe me a new acorn.

Kuzco: You threw off my groove!
Guard: I'm sorry, but you've thrown off the Emperor's groove.

Trivia

In the dinner scene where Kronk lights a pair of candles the holder is of a small figure. This was a character from the early versions of the film. He was an advisor to the emperor that was later written out.

The story was rebuilt from the ground up, creating a new, wackier film that centered around Spade's (talking) llama, Yzma, and two new characters: Pacha, now a middle-aged man played by John Goodman, and Kronk.

David Spade was in his mid 30s when he was voicing the role of the nearly 18-year old Emperor Kuzco.

Pacha also eventually was to fall in love with Nina (voice of Carla Gugino), the emperor's betrothed.

The setting and culture of The Emperor's New Groove are based on the Inca Empire that developed into what is now modern-day Peru.
Dindal and Fullmer assured him that The Emperor's New Groove, as the film was now called, would have a much smaller cast, making it easier to involve audiences.