The Emperors New Groove

Theatrical Release: December 15, 2000
DVD Release: May 1, 2001
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.

Dove Review

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.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: The villainness uses potions and magic to place a spell on the lead character. But this serves to further the story, not promote sorcery. Due to a few scary scenes, parents should attend with little ones, just to reassure.


Company: Disney
Director: Mark Dindal
Producer: Don Hahn
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 78 min.
Industry Rating: G
Starring: Voices of David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright