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This is my absolute favourite Disney film of all time. I absolutely love it and must watch it once a month - and I'm 32!!
My son had this on video when he was younger - it was released in 2000 - and I watched it more than he did, eventually buying it for myself on DVD!
In true Disney style it has all the usual good and evil characters, ups and downs and a happy ending but it also includes some hilarious moments that adults will love as well as children.
It is the tale of Emperor Kuzco, a selfish, self-absorbed, sarcastic and initially unlikeable character who is wanting to destroy a nearby settlement on a hill so he can build his holiday ('My birthday gift to me!'). Pacha is a peasant who lives on the hill with his family (and is therefore determined to stop the emperor) and Yzma is the emperors advisor whom he fires early on in the film, leading to disasterous consequences.
Before long Kuzco is accidentally turned into a llama and is whisked away far from the palace. He sets off to try and find his way back and get turned back into himself.
Along the way there are some funny moments, made all the better by Kuzcos sarcastic comments and annoying ways which infuriate Pacha, and by Yzma's servant Kronk who is as stupid as he is insanely happy.
Stupid, bizzarre and completely weird. When it's meant to be a comedy these are the words are usually like to assosciate with a good movie. Thankfully this is one of those movies. When I first saw the trailers, god knows how many years ago, I just wasn't interested. It looked dreadful. I thought the animation looked weird for a Disney movie and hey had filled the trailer with pop culture references that I didnt understand.
Years later and I ended up watching a clip of it and I liked it instantly. The plot follows a spoilt Mayan emperor called Kuzco who fired his longest serving and most dastardly righ hand woman. She wants revenge and when she misxes up the potions to poison him she accidently turns into a llama. Kuzco eventually end s up finding his way back to his kingdom and searching for a cure helped along by a disgruntled farmer who's village is threatened by Kuzco wanting to destroy it.
It's a buddy movie all in all, and a good one. The humour caters for all from the zany madcap of the villainess Ezma, to dumb humour (Ezma's male er... boyfriend/ helper) to dry sarcastic wit supplied by Kuzco. I also enjoyed the fact that nothing was really dramatic it was all done in fun and every character is likeable.
If you're looking for something different, a smart, well animated movie, buy this. Top marks.
With such stars as John Goodman and Eartha Kitt providing the voices for two of the main characters, and Sting and David Hartley writing the songs, I expected a little more ooomph to this movie. No worries, though, it's an enjoyable hour and a half for kids, and they seem to like it.
Kuzco is an Emperor who thinks only of himself, arrogant in the extreme, and totally uncaring about the lives of his subjects. His adviser, Yzma (with the voice of Eartha Kitt) is a woman with her eyes on the power. Annoyed by her pretentiousness, Kuzco, fires her.
Kuzco has ordered the head man from a local village to come to see him. Pacha (voiced by John Goodman) is a hard working, lumbering giant. A good hearted man with an honest streak running all through him. I could almost see John Goodman in the facial characteristics! Kuzco plans on building a palace where Pacha's home is, caring not that he will render this man homeless.
Yzma concocts a scheme to kill Kuzco, with the help of her trusty manservant, Kronk, a dim-wit who can't do anything right. He muddles the potion, and it ends up turning Kuzco into a llama. Tied up in a sack, a series of mishaps sees him land on Pacha's wagon, as he is returning to his home.
The rest is high jinks, as Kuzco has to come to terms with his changed features, and is dependent at first on Pacha. Gradually, the relationship changes in the course of the relationship amid all its perils.
That's it though, to get the full story and to see all that happens, you'll have to watch the movie with your kids! We watched it on Pay-Per-View to make light of an afternoon. I wasn't letting my two nieces out to run rampant in the neighbourhood but was fed-up with being made out as the bad guy. I figured it was kind of a compromise, they'd be indoors but thye wouldn't be able to complain of nothing to do Besides, I'd wanted to see this movie from the time I'd seen the first trailers for it.
It's fun for kids, but I found it less engrossing than some of the other animations of recent years. Less quality than what we've been used to from Disney in the past.
When this movie was released, I had just reached the age where Disney was starting to lose its charm. I would see an advertisement for one of the new movies and I would shake my head because I figured it would be stupid. One night I spent the night at my grandma's house with my two younger cousins who had thought this would be some kind of amazing movie to rent. I couldn't complain because they would both cry if we didn't watch, so watch it we did.
The movie tells the tale of the selfish and spoiled Emperor Cuzco, who is very narcissistic and self-centered. He is a young emperor who has total control over everything. If anyone "throws off his groove' or disturbs him, he promptly "deals" with them in very mean manners such as throwing them out of his palace or insulting them. He is very unkind and cares not for others. He is a hilarious character though. Voiced by David Spade he always brings the laughs. One day the emperor decides he wants to talk with a man from a small village, named Pacha. The emperor plans on getting rid of the town Pacha lives in so he can make room for a big water park for himself. Pacha of course thinks this is unfair because that's where he lives.
It turns out that Cuzco's advisor Yzma and her assistant Kronk want to secretly take down Cuzco so Yzma can become the empress. Later on that night at dinner she plans to poison him and kill him but she accidentally uses a potion that turns people into llamas. Cuzco turns into a llama. He crosses paths with Pacha again and Yzma becomes empress while Cuzco is "gone". The rest of the movie is basically Cuzco and Pacha teaming up and learning to like each other so they can both get what they want. You can imagine what the ending is like since this is a Disney movie.
I have to admit that this was one of the funniest Disney movies I've ever seen. There is no singing, which I very much appreciated. A lot of the jokes will fly right over younger viewers' heads, and a bunch of the humor is very dry and sarcastic, some of my favorite kind. It's got some very zany and madcap characters, and the voice actors like Eartha Kitt, John Goodman, David Spade, and Patrick Warburton make the movie an enjoyable experience for young and old alike.
Disney tried something newer and edgier here, and it worked. This is one of my all time favorite movies now because I gave it a chance. Definitely give this movie a look. I'm quite sure you'll like it.
Disney (The Multi National Whore Bag from Hell as I like to call it) have never been high in my "companies I like" list, which I have made up for the purposes of this review. So far I have Disney in last place, competing heavily with my workplace. The other places are yet to be filled. Suggestions on a postcard please.
As much as I dislike them for various reasons (most of them relating to the time I spent working for them) they do occasionally churn out a film under their name that is not what you would expect from a woman hating weirdo with a frozen head and a bad moustache.
The Emperors New Groove is certainly one of them. There's a grand total of one song in the film so don't be expecting to be singing anything catchy for the next five years. The animation is rather funky too. It's not one of the fully computer animated offerings that Disney are now swaying towards with every animated film they are doing. The animation in this film is a great contrast of very bright and very dark, depending on the characters and the situations and it makes for some viewing. It sometimes reminds me of the old pink panther cartoons. That might just be me being a total nutter though.
This film is an amazingly sarcastic offering from The MNWBFH (for short) revolving around the Emperor of what looks like an ancient Mayan / Aztec civilisation named Kuzco (said COOzKoh) voiced by the brilliant David Spade.
Kuzco narrates this rather odd tale about himself. It soon becomes apparent that he's a self centred little brat who's used to getting his own way mainly because he always does. After a short burst of the one song in the movie (sang by Tom Jones and his rather short animated counterpart) about how amazing Kuzco is, the story gets moving.
Since the whole story is told from Kuzco's point of view there are some great comical moments when he is describing other characters through his eyes. Firstly we meet Pacha (John Goodman), a kind hearted, dependable guy, leader of a small village...or as Kuzco likes to call him, the guy who ruined his entire life.
Next we stumble across Yzma (said EASE-MAH). Yzma's voice is taken directly from the throat of Eartha Kitt, no not the cockney slang one, the real one. It would seem her old wrinkled scary face is also taken from Kitt... but I'm not sure if she realised. Either way, she is basically Jafar in address (if you don't know who Jafar is, look up Aladdin then hide in shame forever). She has a henchman, Kronk, and as the name suggests, he's not entirely intelligent. He does, however, come with his own "shoulder devil" and "shoulder angel" which makes for some hilarious exchanges between himself and...well...himself.
So these are the main players in the story which, when boiled down, is pretty simple. Yzma gets power hungry and tries to get rid of Kuzco so she can rule over everything, Kronk messes up by accidentally turning the emperor into a Llama (as you do) and then loosing him instead of killing him. Well they are easy to mix up right? While the whole world thinks Kuzco is dead, he has been bundled into Pacha's little cart and pulled all the way to a village in the middle of god knows where. The resulting seventy odd minutes is the story of how Kuzco gets back home, with the help of Pacha.
Why is this film any different from other piles of paint from the MNWBFH? It's the humour. Rather than a very fine smattering of fun and the occasional great one liner, this film is a constant stream of heartless, bitter sarcasm, dipped in a giant vat of randomly hilarious moments. As much as I will admit to actually liking some of the previous sing along, kiddie friendly outings into the unreal, this is the only MNWBFH film that will have me laughing out loud the whole way through and keep the big grin on my face for...oh...minutes afterwards.
***The DVD and its Extras***
The menus are all very neatly laid out and easy to operate. There's a scene selection option which may come in handy too.
You can watch the whole movie again with people prattling over the top of it. I never, ever, EVER listen to this as people talking over movies is possibly the most annoying thing on the planet. So to that end, on to the other extras!
This is...well...possibly the worst extra ever. It does pretty much what it does on the tin. It give you ...ahem... sneak peaks. Unfortunately what that means is that they give you a bunch of adverts for their other movies. Nothing more.
***Never-before-seen Deleted Scene***
Yup, A whole one. It's introduced by the directors who explain exactly what a deleted scene is. Would you believe, it's a scene that didn't make it to the final cut?? Nope, I didn't believe it either. The scene was deleted for obvious reasons...it's crap.
***Music video- Walk the Llama***
...this is the oddest music video I've ever seen. Three middle aged men in bad leather coats looking "Disney" happy with a few ten year olds and a couple of llamas dancing around them. The singer sounds like his man parts have been caught in a vice (though had he not been singing about Llamas, he would probably have a great voice) and since the song isn't actually in the movie...I fail to see the point of this. I guess it's great if you've got kids and want them to have an awful taste in music when they grow up.
***Dance Sequence - Walk the Llama***
Oh...my...dear...god. As if to torture me a little bit more they show you the DANCE steps for the abomination that is the song I just ranted about. Not only do they show you the dance steps, they get the gayest man on earth (even more so than myself) to show it to your kiddie winks (or you if you are odd enough to want to learn the dance moves for a song no one's ever heard) all the while wearing Simon Cowell's famous nipple high trousers. On second thoughts, that might be a ten year old. Oh what a future he has ahead of him. I just shuddered. The only decent part of this extra is at the end where Kuzco does what I can only describe as stamping on the little guys head to make him disappear. Thank christ for that.
***The Emperors Got Game***
As you may have realised, this is a dvd game. Narrated by Kronk, the aim is to get Kuzco back home by answering a few questions. Really easy ones too. It's basically a trivia quiz about the movie followed by a process of elimination type jaunt into Yzma's not so secret lab. Not too challenging, but not really aimed at anyone with motor skills either.
***Behind the Scenes Featurette's***
There are three of these little (and I mean little, a minute or three each) snippets starting with a research trip to Peru. We get to hear how the directors got a holiday so they can look at pretty things for their movie. We also get to see some pretty llamas hobbling round in a field. How graceful they are.
Next we hear about the creation of CGI props which is basically a computer geek telling us what he does when he's not looking at...other...things....on his computer.
Last but not least is the character voices, we get to meet some of the voice actors and hear them talk about their character. This is quite funky as you get to see the real people next to their animated selves.
These featurettes are by far the best of the extras.
***Sting Music Video***
This extra is a sort of interview with Sting as, apparently, he wrote all the music for the film. Apart from the only song they actually use, which was done by Tom Jones. The background music is taken from songs that Sting wrote all by himself and we even get a snippet of some of the songs in the extra, which is great considering you don't hear any of it in the movie. Yes, I'm confused too.
Price wise the movie is pretty expensive. I'd expect not to pay more than a tenner for a film brought out pre-2006. This DVD will set you back around £17-£20 quid. You can, however, always wait a while till that evil company does its DVD offers and you can usually get it for about a fiver. You can also buy it as part of a set as there is a sequel, bringing the price to about a tenner for each movie. It's a great film and it IS worth it... but I grudge paying money. Last but not least, you can take up employment with the bas...er...lovely family loving company... and get heavy discount on it instead. That's what I done. All that for one film eh!
***More Boring Bits***
This dvd comes with a few different languages: English, Norwegian and Danish (no, not the bacon)
The running time is approximately 75 minutes
This DVD is rated U- Universal. This means its quite safe for your kiddies to watch it without you having to explain why that man kissed that other man or some such awkward situation a PG might get you into.
So in conclusion, I love this film. If you have kids, they will love it too. Or else. It's full of great humour and some very likeable characters. Definitely one to add to your collection especially if you found that famous internet Llama song funny in the slightest. Just make sure you have the patience to catch it in an offer.
(review also on Ciao)
.I am back on the cartoons again!
The Emperors New Groove, was released in 2000, and seems to have flopped at the box office, in comparison to other Disney titles, taking a mere $80,000,000(!). I can only imagine that the reason that this film "flopped" was down to poor marketing, or the fact that the kids want to see films a la CGI, like Toy Story (1995) or Shrek (2001), anyway, enough of the criticism, let's get onto why you should watch this (whether you have kids or not!).
Ok, so the main guy is Kuzco, he is a young Emperor of a fictional Aztec city. Kuzco is arrogant and spoilt, it is his 18th birthday soon and the only thing on his mind is building his birthday gift to himself - a brand new water park, Kuzcotopia, & he has chosen one of the hills in his Empire to build on, the only problem is, it means demolishing a village. Enter Pacha, a good natured, hard working, family man, who quietly lives on his lovely little hill with his heavily pregnant wife, two children & his llama, Misty, unfortunately this lovely little hill is the location of Kuzcotopia.
Now to get the story going - Kuzco has fired his advisor, Yzma ("EEZ-muh"), and now she wants revenge, so she invites Kuzco for a birthday meal , where she plans to poison him, in order to take control of the Empire, with the help of her newest toy-boy Kronk. Unfortunately Kronk gets a bit distracted whilst preparing the meal and uses the wrong vial of poison - the label has become slightly unstuck and the vial with a picture of a llama on it now looks like a skull, so basically, Kuzco gets turned into a llama. Kronk is given the task of disposing of the evidence.
Cue cute little scene of Kronk hopping around humming mission impossible theme tune, he reaches the top of extremely high waterfall, and is about to dumb Kuzco (in brown sack) over the edge, unfortunately, when it comes to it, Kronk is unable to actually dispose of poor little llama and the bag ends up on the back of Pacha's cart, and the fun begins .
This cartoon is quite different from other Disney releases, it is I think this might have been part of the attempt by Disney to become "cool", by shifting away from the traditional fairy stories. The animation style is also different to the Disney animation I am used to, the colours are bright and the animation is fairly solid and blocky - this is no dig though, it is just different.
The plot, although very simple, Emperor gets turned into llama, by evil character, gets lost, needs to get home and regain throne, is hilariously funny, but I think this is down to a very well written script, that is suitable for viewers of all ages, I can only compare this film to watching an episode of a really good cartoon series. The characters are all pretty well developed too, and it was quite fun to see a clichéd toy-boy, younger guy, built, "handsome" & of course, dumb, being featured in a Disney film (Kronk), there are not too many characters, so confusion is not a problem. The baddie (Yzma), reminds me a lot of Cruela De Ville, but hey, what-ever works.
On a more educational note, there are lessons for children to learn - co-operation, friendship, tolerance, basically your average Disney lessons, so in summary, a great comedic bit of animation that should not be taken too seriously, really do not try to find any hidden meanings or try and delve too deeply into it, take it at face value, and laugh at the dumb jokes and you'll enjoy it!
I would not say go out and buy this film at full Disney wack (£19.99), don't spend more than a fiver on this film, it's not really anything ground breaking, it's just a bit of fun!
*also on ciao*
DIS MOVIES IS SO FUNNY!!! ANYONE WHO HAS A KID SHOULD SIT DOWN AND WATCH IT WHIT THEM!! IT IS FUNNY HOW DEY TURN KUZCO INTO A LAMA!! AND EVERYTHING TAT HE HAS TO GO THRU SO HE CAN GET BACK TO NORMAL N TO SAVE/ KEEP HIS KINGDOM! BUT AT DA SAME TIME HE LEARNS ABOUT HIS PEOPLE AND THEIRS NEED THE ONES HE HAS BEEN IGNORING FOR HIS OWN SELFISH REASONS. THE GOOD THING IS THAT HE MAKES A FRIEND AND HE HELPS HIM OUT!!
This is one of Disney's funniest, and well produced animated adventure, yet barely anyone has seen it. Everyone knows about Atlantis, Lilo and Stitch, and even their latest, Treasure Island. But have you seen The Emperor's New Groove? The movie is made by the same people who made Disney's Aladdin. We all know what classic characters that chucked our way: The Genie, Iago, and even the evil Jafar. Yet this one has just barraged us with 4 tremendous main characters. Firstly, you have Kuzco. He's the arrogant emperor of a very Aztec kingdom. He's outragously rich, and everything is a mere click-of-his-fingers away. He has so much power that he doesnt know what to do with it. Then there is Yzma. Possibly the funniest Disney baddy that exists. As the film says, she's "living proof that dinosaurs once ruled the earth." No-one knows how old she is, but just looking at her will make you laugh. Yzma is Kuzco's devious advisor... you'll just have to wait and see what she gets up to. Kronk is Yzma's devoted servant. With a hell of a lot more muscle than brain, you get to here a lot of dumb-jokes. He's a great chef, and makes the world's best Spinach Puffs. Then there is Pacha. He is a mere village peasant. His voice is provided by John Goodman. He does a great job. He forms an unlikely allieance with Kuzco. Well, the story starts in the middle of the plot, where Kuzco, a Llama is sulking in the rain. Did you just realise that Kuzco is a llama, yet 4 paragraphs ago, he was emperor? Well, you read correctly, somehow he starts off as a a human being (some could argue with that) and then turns into a llama. Anyway, after the first few minutes, it heads backwards to the start of the film, only to go to the middle again, and then carry on to the end. Simple! Just watch the film... you'll understand! Emperor's New Groove was nominated for an Academy Award in 20
00, for the song "My funny friend and me" which appears on the soundtrack. It was under the catergory 'Best Original Song'. The DVD is presented in widescreen and is in Dolby Digital surround sound. The film itself is 75 minutes long, and is certified a 'U'. The extras that are on the DVD include 'Never-before-seen Deleted Scenes, 3 Behind The Scenes Featurettes, Sting's Making The Music Video, Audio Commentary, and Rascal Flatt's Music Video. Beleive me, this film will have you rolling on the floor with laughter as it is a genuinly hilariouis classic. I gotta tell you that the restaurant scene is great fun to watch. The film is worth watching a couple of times, just to pick up on all the small jokes, and attention to detail.
The House Of Mouse is fast gaining a reputation for top-drawer DVDs and "Groove" shows why. There's an extensive tour of the film's creation, chronicling every step from the script/ storyboards to the final advertising used. And when you've taken the tour, see the result. "Groove" was something of a departure for Disney, mixing zany comedy and darker edges into the feelgood brew, and it's better for it (though the comedy is slightly too zany, which is why I believe that the film could have been better). The sparkling script and perfectly pitched vocal performances don't hurt either. The interactive features are the star of the disc. Best of all is the chance to fiddle around with the soundtrack, offering hours of regressive button-twiddling fun.
This film is absolutely tremendous. I am 20 years old, and I was laughing all the way through it. I watched it with my boyfriend, and he loved it too (although he may not admit it!) It is another DISNEY creation, along the same lines as the Lion King, Aladdin, and the summer hit "The road to El Dorado" which is another hilarious "must see". I worked at the cinema, so I got to see "The Road to El Dorado" as many times as I wanted (which was lots, believe me!) and it was so funny it hurt - I'm not joking either!! I have the collectors edition DVD, so I cannot comment on the extra features on the normal edition DVD. The additional features of the special edition are pretty good - especially the game that you play using your remote control! The extra features on the collectors edition include: trailers for Atlantis, 2 Deleted scenes from the film, music video and dance sequence game (very entertaining for adults!), Deleted and unused scenes, the Sting Music Video, Inside scene planning the animation process & production and also the clean up animation. This film is about an egocentric emperor, a little cruel, but not evil, whose attempted "dismissal" ends in disaster when he is accidentally transformed into a Llama. For the rest of the film you follow Kuzco (the emperor) around on his quest to get back to his land and be "cured", unbeknown to him that it was his "advisor", namely Yzma, who was responsible for his "change of form"! I am so sick of people being prejudiced regarding "cartoons". Yes, it's an animated film, but the Simpsons and Futurama are animated. They are still very popular with "kids of all ages". The music for the film is provided by Sting and Tom Jones, and John Goodman (of Roseanne fame) plays one of the main characters, Pacha. You have to see this film. I promise it's great...even b
etter if you have kids because it'll keep them interested. I recommend buying the collectors edition DVD since it is nice to get the extra features - you know you're not missing out that way! The main additional features are really technical, so would not really benefit your children if that's the main purpose of your purchase.
THE FILM On those rare occasions when Disney churn out something different they hit the nail right on the head. The Emperor's New Groove is Disney's attempt at a comedy. "A comedy?" I here you ask "I thought they were all comedies? like the one where the cats talk to each other and sing and dance and the other one with the dalmations was so different and funny - oh how I laughed out loud, and then there was the one where Robin Hood was a fox, that was really clever and funny...and then... Alright, you get the picture. No this is a modern animated comedy along the same lines as Shrek, there is a wit in this film to rival some of the greats out here both in live action and animation. The mannerisms the delivery of the gags are spot on and the only songs in site are the ones over the beginning and end credits and even one of those has the balls to laugh at itself. O.K the plot is the standard Disney device, spoilt Emperor Kuzco (David Spade) is turned into a Lama by his twisted and scheming adviser Yzma (Eartha Kit). After Yzma's right hand man Kronk (Patrick Warburton) looses the emperor he then finds himself in a local peasant's cart.The peasant Pacha (John Goodman) who's home the Kuzco was subsequently going to demolish helps the emperor find his way back home, not yet realizing the danger he faces. Here is a hero who is a selfish and annoying little twirp, yet it his wit that helps you to like the character as he narrates us through the first portion of the film - "It's All About... ME". This is a laugh a minute thrill ride with crisp, clean and colourful animation running throughout. Originally planned as an epic on the history of the Inca, The Emperor's New groove has maintained the visuals of its original idea to some extent but distorted it as it evolved into a comedy. Extremely underated, The Emperor's New Groove was unfortunately a result of bad marketing. Although mo
st of the gags would go way over any five year old's head the characters and visuals are certainly enough to keep the younger viewers entertained. It's great to see a Disney film once in a blue moon that is genuinely funny and doesn't take itself too seriously. THE DVD Presented in a standard dvd packaging this 'Ultimate Groove' 2 disc set is a beautiful transfer which really does the colours justice. The THX-approved anamorphic presentation is exactly what you need and is presented in the film's 1.66:1 aspect ratio, therefore the sharpness and detail are shown off to their limit. The sound is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. The menu is fun and energetic as Kuzco grooves away. The extras are very informative and enough to keep anyone interested for hours. On the first disc there is a commentary from producer Randy Fullmer, director Mark Dindal, Art Director Colin Stimpson, Character Designer Joseph Moshier, Head Of Story Stephen Anderson, Kuzco Animator Nik Ramieri and Pacha Animator Bruce Smith. Dindal and Fullmer comment mainly but the artists comment where neccassary. As they joke throughout the contributors at least come across that they have a sense of humour and is exactly what you need on a commentary that is equally enjoyable to both adults and children. There is a music video from Rascal Flatts - "Walk The Llama Llama" and "Emperor's Got Groove" interactive game and DVD-ROM content to access the games and the website. Sneak Peek trailers include Monsters, Inc., Snow White, Hunchback of Notre Dame 2, 102 Dalmatians and Atlantis: Lost Empire. The second disc includes an introduction by Director Mark Dindal and producer Randy Fullmer. It is aimed towards kids the two of them clown around and you can't help but feel as an adult that they are getting on each others nerves. There are different menu options for you to be able to view the extras on
this disc. You can either watch it back to back or pick the 'studio' groove where you are shown these features uninterrupted. Pick the 'animated groove' and this will take you through all of the animation comparisons uninterupted. Sections include 'Development' which includes The Process, Research Trip, Story Treatment, Visual Development Gallery, Kingdom Of The Sun: Early on, Groove was called "Kingdom Of The Sun" and had a more serious concept to it, this area presents the viewer with 3 pages of concept art from this early stage of the film. The 'Story and Editorial' section includes The Story Process, The Pitch, Putting It Up On Reels, Deleted Scenes. The 'Layouts & Backgrounds' section looks at the Layout and Background Departments, Inside Scene Planning, Storyboard To Background Comparison, Workbook Gallery, Layouts and Backgrounds. The 'Publicity' section includes 2 Trailers and 3 TV Spots. There is also a Gallery of poster and ad campaign art. The 'Animation' section has an Overview: A fairly basic look at the elements involved in planning out the animation process. Production Progression - Story Reel, Rough Animation, Clean-Up Animation and Final Scene. Character Voices, Computer Generated Images, Rough/Clean-Up Animation, Character Models. 'Putting It All Together' includes Ink & Paint/Processing: This gives an overview on how the film goes from a series of animated drawings to a final product that's in color, as color is added electronically. Clean-Up To Ink/Paint Comparison, Color Models. 'Music and Sound' includes Sting: an interview about his contribution to the film, Music and Sound Effects, Mixing Demo: where you can watch a scene from the film with either just the dialogue, sound effects or music.
I bought this video for my son for Christmas. It took several weeks before he agreed to watch it, now however, it's a firm favourite. Here's what it's about. Kuzco is an Emperor. He's young, spoilt and totally self obsessed. He decides to give himself a birthday present for his 18th - Kuzcotopia, a weekend getaway with a waterslide. He brings in a peasant, Pacha, for advice on where to build it, the only problem being it's right of Pacha's village. Kuzco has no conscience and Pacha cannot convince him to build elsewhere. Meanwhile, back at the palace there is a plan afoot to kill Kuzco, by Yzma (an old, incredibly thin, evil looking woman) and Kronk (her young, very hunky and very dumb sidekick) by poison. They mix the poisin in their secret underground lab and then invite Kuzco for dinner. During the dinner Kuzco unwittingly drinks the poison, but instead of it killing him, it turns him into a llama. Yzma orders Kronk to finish the job and sends him off to dispose of Kuzco. Kuzco is thrown into a sack and Kronk carries him off, whilst humming his own theme tune, and throws him into the water. At the last minute Kronk has a flash of guilt and pulls the sack back out, only to drop it down some steps where it lands on the back of Pacha's cart. Pacha unaware drives all the way back to his village where he discovers Kuzco. I won't tell anymore in detail to avoid spoiling all the comedy. What follows next is Pacha agreeing to take Kuzco back to the palace to be turned back into himself. They get into all sorts of trouble along the way but most importantly Kuzco realises that there is more to life than just what he wants and he learns some valuable lessons about sharing and caring (the usual Disney stuff!!) Needless to say there's a happy ending. The animation is brilliant, the songs are kept to a minimum, although with Tom Jones singing them, they are a bit more bearable and Eartha Kitt
is just fabulous as the evil Yzma. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this film, though the first couple of times my 3½ year old watched it he found some bits a little bit scary (hundreds of sharp clawed jaguars chasing Kuzco through the jungle), but now he's fine with it. All in all it's a fresh and funky film with plenty of laughs.
I wont admit to being a big Disney fan, as for my taste most Disney cartoons are just a bit too "nice" if you know what I mean. There is usually a love story and the good always win, that sort of stuff. Also most Disney cartoons have too many songs in for my liking. But The Emperor's New Groove is not like an ordinary Disney cartoon, it is more of a comedy, which I have become a little obsessed with I have to admit! I'm back! For those of you who want to see the film skip reading the next section as I will reveal a little about the plot of the film, which may spoil your viewing pleasure. ** The Story ** Basically this film is about an Emperor of a South American country, his name Kuzco, he is young and living his live to his own groove! The only problem with Kuzco is that he is completely obsessed with himself and everyone in the country doesn't mind apart from one villager. His name is Pacha; his gripe with Kuzco is that he wants to build Kuzcotopia (a birthday present for himself, "complete with water slide!") on the hill that his village is located. Pacha meets with Kuzco and finds this out, this isn't good news but there is nothing that he can do apart from try and figure out how to tell the village. Meanwhile a plot to kill Kuzco is taking place, but the only problem is that Kuzco isn't killed, but turned into a Llama! In the process of trying to kill Kuzco, Yzma and Kronk (the would be murderers) fail to do so! Kronk is ordered to kill him but he has an attack from his conscience and Kuzco ends up with Pacha. When Pacha gets back to his village he discovers Kuzco. Kuzco wants Pacha to take him back so that he can be changed back by Yzma, he doesn't know she wants him dead. Pacha agrees to on one condition, that Kuzcotopia is built elsewhere! What follows is a hilarious and outrageous adventure to get Kuzco turned back into himself again! ** The Humour
** This is one of those film, which not only will make kids laugh but will also make adults laugh for an entirely different reason. I love films like this, it is almost too stupid in places, but that makes it funny! They even end up making fun out of themselves during the film. An example of the humour is when Kronk is taking Kuzco (the Llama) to kill him. He is sneaking along (humming his own theme tune!) when people come along. He stands the theme tune has stopped but the humming continues, the camera then pans away to see a wall with two hands pointing at Kronk! This film will make you laugh the whole way through and if you watch it enough times you will have lots of one line sayings stuck in your head, just like I did! For example? "Yeah I'm a Llama again" and "Stinky Llama Face" and "Bad Llama", well basically all to do with Llama's but there you go! ** Cast Information ** The following people leant their voice talents to The Emperor?s New Groove, oh yeah? David Spade - Kuzco John Goodman - Pacha Eartha Kitt - Yzma Patrick Warburton - Kronk Tom Jones - numerous characters ** DVD Information ** Running time: 75 minutes (approx) Wide screen format: 1:66:1 Dual Layer DVD (meaning when changing from one layer to the next there may be a slight pause, usually cleverly placed so you don?t see it) ** Special Features ** With The Emperor?s New Groove 2-Disc Collector?s Edition you are graced with a whole load of added extras. For s start there is a whole separate DVD dedicated to extra features, which is the difference between this and the normal edition of the DVD. Disc One contains: The Film Audio Commentary with the Filmmakers Rascal Flatts Music Video featuring the song ?Walk the Llama Llama? Action-Adventure Set-Top Game (featuring the voice talents of Yzma and Kronk) Disc Two contains: A fast-paced behind-the-scenes tour of how a modern Disney animated film is made! The Development Process Story and Editorial Layouts and Backgrounds The Animation Process Putting it all together Music and Sound Make your own tracks Sting's Making the music video featuring the Academy Award nominated song ?My Funny Friend and Me? * The Game * The set-top game is quite amusing; if only the first time you try it out! Basically you have to answer questions about the film in order to move Kuzco (who is now strangely a Llama again!) back to the city to find the secret lab to change him back again! As I said this is quite funny the first time as you have the voices of Yzma and Kronk, but this is only a small game. * The Tour * This is one of the best features about the DVD, is a well thought out tour of basically how The Emperor's New Groove was made. This tour is not dull as the people who take you on the tour, the producer Randy Fullmer and director Mark Dindal, are both very funny! This tour takes you through the whole creative process of making the cartoon from the first rough sketches to choosing songs and even the editing process. You can even view some of the scenes which were cut form the film! Some of these had even started to be drawn out and coloured before they were cut, but most are storyboards, which were cut. * The Interface * The interface to the DVD is very easily laid out and very simple to use, even a child could use it, which is good as this is a kid's film, well sort of? Anyway back to the interface. As you might expect from this cartoon it is quite a funny interface, with Kuzco doing his little dance that he does in the film. Also a few scenes from the actual film have been cut with it to make the process of choosing a section a lot more fun, if that is possible? Well I thi
nk so anyway! ** My Thoughts ** This is by far the best Disney cartoon that I have seen for a while and just proves that you don't need computer animation to make a cartoon good. All you need is a good, funny story with not too much singing in it! It's not too much to ask is it, for more Disney cartoon's like this is it? Any way if you haven't seen this cartoon then why not? In my opinion this is the funniest cartoon that I have ever seen, it shows a "hip" side to Disney that I hope we see more of.
I must admit to slight disappointment with this movie - I usually love Disney stuff but this one was kind of lukewarm when compared to some of their greatest hits. With such stars as John Goodman and Eartha Kitt providing the voices for two of the main characters, and Sting and David Hartley writing the songs, I expected a little more ooomph to this movie. No worries, though, it's an enjoyable hour and a half for kids, and they seem to like it. Who is it meant for anyway? Kuzco is an Emperor who thinks only of himself, arrogant in the extreme, and totally uncaring about the lives of his subjects. His adviser, Yzma (with the voice of Eartha Kitt) is a woman with her eyes on the power. Annoyed by her pretentiousness, Kuzco, fires her. Kuzco has ordered the head man from a local village to come to see him. Pacha (voiced by John Goodman) is a hard working, lumbering giant. A good hearted man with an honest streak running all through him. I could almost see John Goodman in the facial characteristics! Kuzco plans on building a palace where Pacha's home is, caring not that he will render this man homeless. Yzma concocts a scheme to kill Kuzco, with the help of her trusty manservant, Kronk, a dim-wit who can't do anything right. He muddles the potion, and it ends up turning Kuzco into a llama. Tied up in a sack, a series of mishaps sees him land on Pacha's wagon, as he is returning to his home. The rest is high jinks, as Kuzco has to come to terms with his changed features, and is dependent at first on Pacha. Gradually, the relationship changes in the course of the relationship amid all its perils. That's it though, to get the full story and to see all that happens, you'll have to watch the movie with your kids! We watched it on Pay-Per-View to make light of an afternoon. I wasn't letting my two nieces out to run ramant in the neighbourhood but was fed-up with being made out as
the bad guy. I figured it was kind of a compromise, they'd be indoors but thye wouldn't be able to complain of nothing to do Besides, I'd wanted to see this movie from the time I'd seen the first trailers for it. It's fun for kids, but I found it less engrossing than some of the other animations of recent years.
One of Disney's main releases in 2001 was the extremely amusing, and crisply-presented 'The Emperor's New Groove', which showed real departure from Disney's normal animation and story style, dispatching the need for schmaltzy songs, and replacing them with sharply observed comedy. Two different DVD editions have been released in the United States, one with just a single DVD and a fairly basic collection of extras, and one with two DVDs and more features than you can shake a stick at. No prizes for guessing which one I plumped for. THE FILM 'The Emperor's New Groove' sees Kuzco (voiced by David Spade), the despotic ruler of a Mesoamerican nation, inadvertently turned into a llama by the evil Yzma (Eartha Kitt). Yzma gets her assistant, Kronk (Patrick Warburton) to dispose of Kuzco, but unfortunately, he bungles it, and Kuzco ends up travelling out to a remote village on the back of a cart pulled by a local tribesman, Pacha (John Goodman). Kuzco has to make his way back to the palace, and somehow find a way to turn himself into a human again. THE DISC - Distributor: Disney (22311) - Region: 1 (United States and Canada) - Type: 2 x DVD-9 (single side, dual layer) The film comes on the first disc, a superlative collection of extras comes on the second. The layer change comes 54m 50s into the movie, at a scene change, and is barely noticeable. - Running time: 77 minutes - Picture format: 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen NTSC The picture is anamorphic, so if you have a widescreen television, the disc will make full use of it. Picture quality is sharp throughout with detail retained even in dark areas of the image. Colours are crisp and well presented, giving a very bright and cheerful feel to the movie. Obviously, this being a Region 1 disc, the picture is encoded in NTSC format. - Audio: DTS Dolby Digital surround (English), Dolby Digital 5.1 su
rround (English), Dolby Digital 2.0 (French) Audio quality is also outstanding, making good use of all speakers in the DTS 5.1 mix. Audio is THX-certified too, which is your guarantee of quality, and that strange noise... - Subtitles: English Subtitles are presented in yellow text, with a black line around it, so that it remains readable throughout the film. No obvious errors in spelling or grammar, either. - Extras DISC ONE Disc One comes with a small selection of extras. First is an audio commentary, featuring a large collection of people who were involved in the film's production – the producer (Randy Fullmer), the director (Mark Dindal), the art director (Colin Stimpson), the character designer (Joseph C. Moshier), head of story (Stephen Anderson), and supervising animators (Nik Ranieri and Bruce W. Smith). The commentary is reasonably interesting, but absurdly analytical, with the commentators constantly detailing why they think various scenes work, revealing something of the "writing by committee" that occurs at Disney in the production of their movies. Nonetheless, some of the conversations about the design of characters and backgrounds throughout the film are quite interesting, though even then I think I would be hard pushed to sit through the commentary again. Also on the first disc is an on-screen game, entitled 'Emperor's Got Game', with the voices of Patrick Warburton and Eartha Kitt asking a series of questions about the film, which the user has to answer correctly in order to proceed. It's nicely presented, and might provide about five minutes of fun for children that have just watched the film. A music video of a disastrously unbearable song entitled 'Walk The Llama Llama' sung by the confusingly-named Rascal Flatts, which includes subtitles showing you how to dance along with the song. If your children are very young, they migh
t enjoy this. Emphasis on the "might". There are also some trailers of other Disney features on the disc; '102 Dalmatians', 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarves', the straight-to-video 'Hunchback of Notre Dame II', and forthcoming attractions 'Atlantis' and 'Monsters, Inc.'. The disc even includes some DVD-ROM features. Sticking the disc in a (region unlocked) DVD-ROM, will lead to the installation of the increasingly ubiquitous and irritating PC Friendly software, which allows you to navigate the disc's DVD-ROM features. These are nicely presented and reasonably interesting, consisting of two demo versions of Disney software tied in with 'The Emperor's New Groove', and links to the web. The first of the demo pieces of software is 'The Emperor's Action Game', a 3D 'Spyro the Dragon'-style game where you control Kuzco (in llama form), as he wanders about the landscape collecting coins. You get three levels of the game in the demo, which is probably plenty to amuse the kids. The second piece of demo software, 'The Emperor's Groove Center' failed to install on my machine, so I've no idea what it does. The web links on the DVD-ROM portion of the disc send you to the official website, and to "Exclusive Online Content" – a couple of Quicktime videos, one on the making of the 'Emperor's Got Game' game, and one entitled "What Is Funny?". DISC TWO The second disc is where you find the majority of the extras. Putting the disc in your DVD player gets you a two minute introduction by the irrepressibly enthusiastic Fullmer and Dindal (producer and director respectively). Their juvenile presentation style will no doubt grate with most, however, children and the recently lobotomised should enjoy it. Once Fullmer and Dindal have calmed down a bit, and managed to "break into" Disney
9;s animation studio, they tell you how to navigate the disc. Essentially, there are two ways you can use the second disc, one is to watch the two "Groove tours" on the disc, which take you through the steps involved in producing a Disney animation, the other is to select sections of the production that you are interested in from the main menu. Firstly, the "Groove tours" – the Studio Tour and the Animation Tour. The Studio Tour is a 25 minute long feature, with Fullmer and Dindal taking you on a tour through the various departments involved in making a Disney feature, from story and visual development through to compositing and adding sound. It's a very nicely made programme, with Fullmer and Dindal largely dispensing with their childish presentation, but still lapsing into it from time to time, just when you've had time to forget about it. The various animators they meet on the tour are very informative, and give an interesting insight into their work – particularly interesting is the section on designing the layout of the film's scenes. The Animation Tour is a five-and-a-half minute feature, consisting of four split-screen comparisons of a scene from the film at different stages during the development process – storyboard, backgrounds, rough animation, cleaned-up animation and the final version. From the main menu, you can visit seven departments involved in the production. In each department, there is a filmed introduction by Fullmer and Dindal explaining briefly what happens at that stage in the film's production. First is the 'Development' section, which includes an enormous number of sketches from the visual development of the film, with additional sketches from the "Kingdom of the Sun" idea which proceeded 'The Emperor's New Groove'. Second is the 'Story and Editorial' section, which includes the text of the pitch
of the movie, as well as three deleted scenes from the movie. This being an animated feature, the cost of making scenes, only for them to be deleted, is considerable, and hence the quality of the presentation of the deleted scenes is quite low. Hence, although sound effects and dialogue is included for all three deleted scenes, only one actually features animation – the others are presented with storyboard images on-screen. Third is the 'Layouts and Backgrounds' section, which includes a gallery of images from a workbook of backgrounds used in the film. Fourth is the 'Animation' section, which examines character animation (including character design images), clean-up animation, computer animation, and a feature that allows you to use the DVD player's angle button to change between different stages in the production. Fifth is the 'Putting it all together' department, which looks at how compositing is achieved, and compares cleaned-up animation with inked and painted animation. The sixth section is 'Music and Sound', which includes Sting's music video (urgh) 'My Funny Friend and Me' and a section that allows you to mix the audio (sound effects, dialogue and music) in a scene from the film. The final section, 'Publicity' includes two theatrical trailers for the movie, three TV spots, and some of the posters used to advertise the movie. Sadly, the UK poster campaign, with captions such as "Mingin'" above a picture of Yzma, isn't included, only the American posters are featured. PRESENTATION The discs are nicely presented in an oversized Amaray case. A leaflet is included, which features a plan of the menu layout on Disc Two, which makes navigating through its array of features a lot easier! Menus are beautifully presented on both discs, with accompanying music on the animated main menus of both discs. CONCLUSIONS <
br>'The Emperor's New Groove': The Ultimate Groove 2-disc DVD set is a very nicely presented box set, with an excellent reproduction of this very entertaining movie. While the extras are somewhat excessive, it is good to have them all included here, even if you're only likely to want to watch them the once. The audio commentary offers some informative insights into the making of a Disney animated feature film, as does the inconsistently entertaining 'Studio Groove Tour' on the second disc.
The Emperor's New Groove was originally developed as an epic called Kingdom of the Sun and lost scale and most of Sting's song score (some of which can be heard on the soundtrack) on its way to the screen. The end result is the lightest Disney film in many a moon, a joyous romp akin to Aladdin in its quotient of laughs for children and adults. The original story centres on the spoiled teenage emperor Kuzco (David Spade), who enjoys getting the best of his Aztecan subjects. When he fires Yzma (Eartha Kitt), his evil sorceress, she seeks revenge and turns Kuzco into a llama with the help of Kronk, her hunk of the month (Patrick Warburton). Alone in the jungle, the talking llama is befriended by Pacha (John Goodman), who has just been told to vacate his pastoral home by the human Kuzco. What's an ego to do? That's pretty much the story and the characters--simple, direct, fun--a Disney film on a diet. For any fan of the acidic humour of Spade, this is essential viewing. As narrator of his tale, Kuzco uses a sarcastic tone to keep the story jumping with plenty of fun asides (he even "stops" the film at one point to make sure you know the story is about him). Even better is character actor Warburton (Elaine's stuck-up boyfriend on Seinfeld), who steals every scene as the dim-witted, but oh-so-likable Kronk. There's even a delicious Tom Jones number that starts the film off with a bang. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com