Writer: David Reynolds (Screenplay) Chris Williams, Mark Dindal (Story)
Starring: (Voice Talents) David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton, Wendie Malick
Plot: Emperor Kuzco is turned into a llama by his ex-administrator Yzma, and must now regain his throne with the help of Pacha, the gentle llama herder.
Tagline – Mingin’!
Runtime: 1 Hour 18 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: There is a Deeper Story Here
Story: The Emperor’s New Groove starts as we meet Emperor Kuzco who has been turned into a llama by Yzma who is trying to take over the Emperor’s jobs, which leads him to fire her, as he looks to demolish a local village where Pachu the llama farmer lives.
When Kuzco is left to go with Pachu, he must find a way to return to his human form, reclaim his thrown and learn the true message of being an Emperor.
Thoughts on The Emperor’s New Groove
Characters – Kuzco is the young Emperor that gets turned into a llama, he craves power and popularity, leaving him to not care about who he steps on to get what he wants. He must learn to treat his people with respect and become the emperor for his land. Pacha is the quiet llama farmer, head to the village, that wants to stop his village being destroyed and reluctantly agrees to help Kuzco to return to his throne. Yzma is the evil adviser that wants to power and will kill Kuzco to get this.
Story – The story focuses on an Emperor that needs to learn that he doesn’t need to be selfish to be a strong leader to his people by growing up. We get the usual ideas being used here where nothing comes off overly original and more of the story plays into the stand-up comics routines over telling a story. you do feel like there should have been a deeper story being used more often through the film over the jokes.
Adventure/Comedy/Family – The adventure put two unlikely people needing to get through a jungle back to safety, which is told through jokes too often, the family could get certain laughs but he adults will not enjoy them as much.
Settings – The settings don’t seem to show us which country Kuzco is the ruler off, with the random jungle having random animals in.
Animation – The animation works well for the time it was made, but doesn’t feel as strong as possible.
Final Thoughts – This is an animated film that could keep the kids happy for an hour, it isn’t on the highest levels of animation or storytelling.
Overall: Basic animation.