This Day in Movie History – December 15th, 2000 – Disney’s “The Emperor’s New Groove” Released

An animated film about an egotistical prince turned in a llama is released on this day in history.

“The Emperor’s New Groove” is written by David Reynolds, with story by Chris Williams and Mark Dindal. Directed by Mark Dindal, it was released in theaters on December 15th, 2000.


Boom, Baby! Courtesy: Disney

In the Disney animated film, Kuzco is an emperor who mainly cares about himself and what he wants. After firing his advisor, Yzma, she finds himself turned in a llama by her and her dim-witted assistant, Kronk. Yzma orders him dead, but Kronk can’t bring himself to do it, which leads Kuzco—still a llama—to the home of a villager he previously dismissed and insulted. Now, with Yzma taking power, the two must try to set aside their differences to reclaim the kingdom.

The film stars the voice talents of David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Wendie Malick, and Patrick Warburton. The Emperor’s New Groove was originally developed as a more traditional Disney animated film known as Kingdom of the Sun, but through production, was changed into the more comedically-oriented feature that was eventually released. It was praised for that humor, energy, and a unique style compared to other Disney films.

A direct-to-video sequel was released five years later called Kronk’s New Groove, and a TV series followed the next year that ran through 2008.


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