100 Facts About The Emperor’s New Groove

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The Emperor’s New Groove is one of my favourite Disney films of the Post-Renaissance (or Second Dark Age) Era. It’s funny, it’s smart, it’s clever. This film cheers me up whenever I watch it.

35. Emperors New Groove

  1. The Emperor’s New Groove was released on December 15th
  2. It is the 40th film in the Disney Animated Canon.
  3. It was produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation.
  4. Disney gave the film a budget of $100 million.
  5. The film was released by Walt Disney Pictures.
  6. This was through Buena Vista Pictures Distribution.
  7. Mark Dindal was the director of this film.
  8. Patrick Warburton improvised when Kronk hummed his own theme song when he was carrying Kuzco in the bag to the waterfall.
  9. Disney had Warburton sign over all rights to the humming composition over to them.
  10. The film made $89, 302, 687 at the US Box Office.
  11. It also made an additional $80, 025, 000 worldwide.
  12. Pacha’s wife is the first Disney animated character to be shown as pregnant.
  13. In the scene where Kuzco and Pacha are searching through the various potions, Pacha says ‘Lions, Tigers, Bears’ followed by Yzma saying ‘oh my’ when they come to the potion for humans.
  14. This of course is a reference to The Wizard of Oz.
  15. According to producer Randy Fullmer and director Mark Dindal they were forced to use this joke by then head of Feature animation Thomas Schumer.
  16. They apparently hated the use of that joke.
  17. Kuzco was named after the ancient capital of the Incas, Cuzco.
  18. The ancient Incas worshipped there in Coriancha.
  19. When Yzma pours the poison into the cactus plant, it is later seen to have turned into the shape of a llama.
  20. When Kronk is trying to hide in the background with Kuzco in the bag, the scene pulls back to reveal two painted figures pointing at Kronk.
  21. Pacha’s name means earth in the Incan language.
  22. In the scene where Pacha is carrying Kuzco through the jungle, Pacha and Kuzco discuss Kuzco having low blood sugar.
  23. This was an in-joke about the fact that David Spade is hypoglycaemic in real life.
  24. When the pieces of the bridge fall into the river, the four letters of the word damn can be seen falling one by one among the individual planks.
  25. Playwright David Mamet has said he considers the script for this film to be one of the most brilliantly innovative which Hollywood has produced in recent years.
  26. Yzma usually wears purple which is a colour usually associated with madness and royalty.
  27. The makers of the film originally wanted to get Sting to sing the opening song but he turned down the role stating he was too old.
  28. He suggested they find someone younger and more hip.
  29. Disney went with Tom Jones for the part who is 11 years older than Sting.
  30. Sting did end up writing My Funny Friend and Me which included a music video from the movie.
  31. The film was originally planned to be a dramatic, sweeping Disney musical named Kingdom of the Sun,
  32. It would have been directed by Roger Allers and Mark Dindal.
  33. Trudie Styler, Sting’s wife, made a documentary about the troubled making of the film.
  34. This was part of the deal that involved her husband working on the film.
  35. Her completed documentary, The Sweatbox is owned by Disney and can be watched online on vidme.
  36. The image on the back of the diner menus is a parody of the mascot of the Big Boy restaurant chain which is popular in Burbank California.
  37. Due to the allusion of the title, the movie is often wrongly described as a version of The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Anderson.
  38. The story shares more similarities with the fairy tale Kalif Storch by Wilhelm Hauff.
  39. There is a hidden mickey in the bushes when Kuzvo gets pulled from the water.
  40. There is another hidden mickey in Yzmas head and earrings.
  41. A third hidden mickey can be seen in the plates of food Kuzco is served in the beginning.
  42. In the dinner scene where Kronk lights a pair of candles, the holder is a small figure.
  43. This was a character from the early version of the film.
  44. He was an advisor to the emperor that was later written out.
  45. In the diner where Kuzco and Pacha go to eat, the saltshakers on the table are shaped like llamas.
  46. Tipo says the word great 23 times following ‘You know, I really don’t believe you’re my great-aunt, you’re more like my …’.
  47. The sequence when the fly hits the spiderweb and gets eaten, the fly screams ‘help me’ in the same way as the movie classic, The Fly.
  48. When Kuzco is being chased by the jaguars, some of the leaves in the background resemble skulls.
  49. David Spade was in his mid-thirties when he voice the role of Kuzco, who was eighteen.
  50. Barbra Streisand was the original choice for the part of Yzma.
  51. Marc Shaiman was originally hired as a composer for the film.
  52. His score was ultimately shelved and he was replaced by John Debney.
  53. This was revealed in the documentary, ‘The Sweatbox’.
  54. Patrick Warburton and David Spade both played leading roles in Rules of Engagement.
  55. Originally, Yzma was to have sung a verse of Perfect World envisioning her plans to rule the kingdom.
  56. The cut-away to the chimp with the bus is a subtle reference to the opening shots of Citizen Kane.
  57. First non-Winnie the Pooh animated film since Fox and the Hound to have a character voiced by John Fiedler.
  58. This is also the only Disney film where he’s voiced a human character.
  59. In the final chase, Kuzco and Pacha run down a curling stone staircase ahead of the now transformed palace guard, the shadows are thrown onto the wall in a homage to the iconic Sorcerer’s Apprentice scene in Fantasia.
  60. The 1952 children’s novel Secret of the Andes about an Incan boy in Peru, features a llama named Misty, the same name as Pacha’s llama.
  61. When Kuzco says ‘Buh bye’ to Pacha on the bridge, David Spade said the same quote on Saturday Night Live.
  62. When the project was still Kingdom of the Sun, Marcell Jankovics was brought over to Disney to help out with the project.
  63. He was a Hungarian animation director with an expertise in folklore.
  64. The movie took a drastic change of direction with Roger Allers quit the project after only a few months.
  65. Jankovics reportedly hated the completed film.
  66. The original ending was of Kuzco building his huge summer home on the hill next to Pacha.
  67. Sting sent a note to the producers objecting that Kuzco had not really changed or learned from his experiences if he still built his mansion.
  68. Kuzco instead builds a much smaller hut that is more appropriate to the village and the peasants way of life.
  69. When Kronk and Yzma go to their secret lab, they pass several animal shaped gates.
  70. The first one is a cat and the sound of a cat meowing his heard, which is ironic at Yzma is turned into a cat by the end of the film.
  71. This is a respectful nod to Eartha Kitt’s famous role as Catwoman in the televised Batman series.
  72. When falling down the stairs after stepping on a cat’s tail, you can hear Kronk say ‘Back, elbow, shoulders’ however, he is actually falling in the opposite order.
  73. Yzma tells Kronk that the only ones that know she’s fired is the three of them, forgetting the person who wrote the pink slip which would make four.
  74. Kuzco says ‘What’s with the chip and the bug’ however, there are no chimp’s n the New World and the primate depicted is not a chimp.
  75. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song for My Funny Friend and Me
  76. When Tipo tells Pacha he ate a bug that day, Pacha jokingly says ‘Oh has your mother been cooking again’ which Chicha seems offended by.
  77. Pacha later eats a pill bug at Mudka’s Meat Hut and treats it like a delicacy.
  78. The mix up with the poison occurs because of a peeling label on the bottle, however it’s the only bottle with a label in the lair.
  79. Unlike most Disney films, this has no musical numbers.
  80. It is also very comical and funny with nothing dark or scary happening.
  81. This resulted in many calling it the black sheep of the Disney Canon and others calling it a spoof of Disney movies.
  82. When Pacha is wearing his green cloak, his entire under-outfit is brown but when he takes off the cloak to give it to Kuzco, his shirt is white.
  83. After kitty Yzma bounces off the trampoline, the upshot shows the trampoline but not the guard, the delivery man or the delivery cart who were there in a previous shot.
  84. The squirrel is able to understand people, yet Kronk converses with it using its squeak language when Yzma tells him to get information.
  85. The mark Chicha makes on the doorway when Tipo asks to be measured again disappears soon after.
  86. Development of the film suffered from several attempts to make the plot more original.
  87. When Pacha tells Kuzco about Yzma trying to kill him, they are standing in front of a large tree trunk which appears chopped in some shots and intact in others.
  88. When Yzma and Kronk are visiting Pacha’s house, Chicha’s headband is blue however when Kronk leaves the house, it’s green.
  89. After Pacha saves llama Kuzco from drowning and lays him on his back, Kuzco’s mouth is wide open and his tongue is clearly sticking out, however when Pacha is about to give him the kiss of life, he has to open Kuzco’s mouth and his tongue pops out again.
  90. When the film was still titled Kingdom of the Sun, Owen Wilson was going to be the voice of Owen Wilson.
  91. By the summer of 1998, it was apparent that Kingdom of the Sun was not far enough along into production for a summer 2000 release as planned.
  92. Randy Fullmer demanded the film be ready for a summer release as planned due to many crucial promotional deals already established and they depended on meeting that release date.
  93. Allers requested a six-month extension but this was denied, causing him to quit the project.
  94. The Emperor’s New Groove is the first film since The Rescuers Down Under to not include any musical numbers.
  95. This as the start of a larger trend where the studios began to move away from musicals.
  96. The standard VHS and DVD release was May 1st
  97. At the same time, the 2-disc Collectors Edition was released but with more bonus features.
  98. The film was released to Blu-Ray in a 2-Movie collection with Kronks New Groove on June 11th
  99. The Emperors New Groove holds an 85% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
  100. Kuzco features as a guest in House of Mouse.

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