The Emperor's New Groove

The Emperor's New Groove

The Emperor's New Groove is a 2000 American animated buddy comedy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 40th animated Disney feature film and was directed by Mark Dindal from a script written by David Reynolds, based on a story by Chris Williams and Dindal. The voice cast features David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton, and Wendie Malick. The Emperor's New Groove follows a young and self-centered Incan emperor, Kuzco, who is transformed into a llama by his ex-advisor, Yzma. For the emperor to change back into a human, he trusts a village leader, Pacha, who escorts him back to the palace.


Young, selfish, and overly-pampered emperor Kuzco of the Inca Empire lives the high-life and routinely punishes those who displease him, such as having an elderly man defenestrated for the crime of "throwing off his groove." As his eighteenth birthday approaches, Kuzco meets with Pacha, a kind peasant and village leader, and tells him that he plans to demolish his hilltop family home to build himself a lavish summer home called "Kuzcotopia." Pacha protests but is quickly dismissed. That evening at dinner, Kuzco's treacherous advisor, Yzma, plans to poison him and rule the empire in his place. Still, due to a mislabeled vial, her muscular but clumsy henchman Kronk Pepikrankenitz inadvertently spikes Kuzco's drink with the wrong potion, turning him into a llama. After knocking Kuzco out, Yzma orders Kronk to dispose of him in a river. However, after doing so, Kronk has a crisis of conscience at the last second and saves Kuzco, only for Kuzco to end up on a cart belonging to Pacha.