The Emperor's New Groove
The Emperor's New Groove (2000)

In a mythical mountain kingdom, arrogant, young Emperor Kuzco is transformed into a llama by his power-hungry advisor, the devious diva Yzma. Stranded in the jungle, Kuzco's only chance to get back home and reclaim the high life rests… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: December 15, 2000
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2001
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Emperor's New Groove isn't the most ambitious animated film, but its brisk pace, fresh characters, and big laughs make for a great time for the whole family.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

Ingenious action sequences driven by surprisingly little plot lead to a climax full of the transmogrification animation was invented for.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

This Disney comedy makes a self-conscious and largely successful attempt to modernise the studio's format with a jive-ass sensibility.

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James Plath
Family Home Theater

The Emperor's New Groove is a little sassier, a little hipper, and maybe just a little crazier-as if the cartoon cast drank some of the old Warner Bros. Kool-Aid.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Emperor doesn't aim too high or strain too hard; it is at ease inhabiting its pretty, miniature realm.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Will the kids buy it? You bet they will.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

More fun, goofy cartoon antics than Disney polish.

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David Ansen

The unfussy, tossed-off quality actually helps give this original story zippy irreverence some of Disney's plusher cartoons lack.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Funky, funny and free of ersatz Broadway cheese.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

[The] lightest and wackiest of all Disney features.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Based very very loosely on the Hans Christian Andersen tale (by the title only really, almost), this Disney flick came outta nowhere at the start of the new… More
Daniel Mumby
In the early-2000s, Disney released two films with the common theme or device of people being transformed into animals as a means to make them change their… More
KJ Proulx
"Emperor's New Groove" is the type of family film that you do not have to be a child in order to love. The voice cast is fantastically cast, the… More
Sam Barnett
An overlooked classic. Not one of Disney's best-looking cartoons, but definitely one of its funniest and most energetic.
Chris Weber
For a breezy 79 minutes, this is Disney offering up a silly and slight, but still rather fun and quite funny romp set during the heyday of the Incan Empire.… More
Jim Careter
Hilarious, Disney doesn't give a perfect animated film but its one of the funniest they have ever made, a really funny film.