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Thursday, 16 September 2010
The Emperor's New Groove
Emperor Kuzco (David Spade) is the most selfish teenage ruler you could imagine. He is more than willing to demolish people's houses so that he can have his own summer place and he even throws an old man (John Fiedler) out a window for interrupting his 'groove'. Longing to gain control of the empire, his ancient advisor Yzma (Eartha Kitt) and her moronic lacker Kronk (Patrick Warburton) poison him, only for it to turn out to be a potion that turns him into a llama. Kronk then goes to throw the unconscious llama Emperor over a waterfall, but can't do it and throws the sack containing Kuzco onto a villager Pacha's (John Goodman) cart. Pacha is shocked to find the emperor as Kuzco planned to demolish his village to build his summer home there, but Kuzco agrees to relocate said summer home if Pacha helps him get home, so the two go on their full out treck home, with Yzma and Kronk in hot pursuit.
The Emperor's New Groove is a very good addition to Walt Disney Animation Studios line of animated films. The animation is very well done, and the designs of all of the various animals to feature within the film is very detailed and impressively drawn. The screenplay is consistently funny. Kuzco's cocky, self-obsessed attitude will not fail to make you laugh and the regular references to Yzma's ancientness are also well done to entertain the audience. However, the most memorable comedy comes from Kronk. His stupidity means that he's never fully aware of what he and Yzma are doing, and even assumes that the lies Yzma tells are actually truth - to the extent where he believes they are visiting Pacha's village as Pacha is some kind of distant cousin and it's a family reunion. On top of that his ability to speak squirrel will just crack you up and his regular debates with his conscience (the usual angel and devil) are very memorably funny, especially since the rest of the characters are confused by his behaviour.
All in all this film is consistently funny and very well animated, making it a must see for Disney fans.
Stars: David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton, Wendie Malick, Kellyann Kelso, James Lopez, Robert Bergen, Tom Jones, John Fiedler.
Oscar nomination: Best Original Song (My Funny Friend and Me - Sting, David Hartley).