The Emperors New Groove
An unlikely friendship forms between Kuzco (David Spade), an arrogant emperor of a mythical South American country, and Pacha (John Goodman), a humble peasant, when an evil sorceress plans to poison the emperor. The attempt at poisoning the ruler goes awry, turning him into a llama instead. Pacha strikes a deal with the talking llama, that his village will be spared if he helps find an antidote restoring the emperor to human form. Ultimately, Kuzco’s budding friendship with Pacha teaches the royal pain to see his world in a different way.
Aimed at pleasing the kids, “The Emperor’s New Groove” has all the Disney components, in spades. Well, at least it has David Spade. Not in the league with any of the classic Disney cartoons, it still has much to offer. Spade is extremely funny as the selfish ruler who learns life lessons about friendship and the rights of others. The music is bouncy, the drawings colorful, and the story involving – especially if you haven’t been on this planet long enough to have seen it several times before – and from the same studio.