While I was in London, I got onto Netflix and saw all of these amazing movies and TV shows that were available there, that apparently aren’t here. If I could have sat around and watched British television shows all day in one of the most amazing cities in the world, I probably would have, but the sites called to me. The only thing I actually watched while there were show’s I’ve already seen before, those being Doctor Who and Sherlock. Hey stop giving me that face, of course I would watch those while in London! I’m a sucker for that kind of stuff.
The cruel irony of not having what’s offered in the UK, in the US, is that the only show I recall wanting to watch is the Mighty Boosh, when there was like at least 10 other shows and movies I wanted to stream. And guess which one wasn’t offered when I got back that I’d been dying to watch lately? THE FREAKING EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE. An American movie that was only offered over there! I was soooooooooooo pissed. How could you do that to me Netflix? It doesn’t even make sense.
Anyways, I downloaded it and finally have gotten my fix in. And it was worth the wait. Although, I never get to try any of Kronk’s spinach puffs.
The Emperor’s New Groove is one of those underrated Disney movies that didn’t get a cult following because there was no nonsensical princess. Instead we have a demanding, egotistical prince who must go through a life changing experience to become a better ruler of his people.
Along for the ride we have Pacha, Kronk, Yzma, Chica, and Bucky the Squirrel. Pacha helps Kuzco (the Emperor, voiced by David Spade) find his way back to his kingdom after he accidentally kidnaps Kuzco as a llama. Kuzco became a llama after his caretaker? Yzma was fired by him and she tried to kill him. The murder got a bit mixed up when her comical sidekick Kronk got the poison’s mixed up at the dinner table. Bucky is a form of adorable comic relief when we find out that Kronk speaks woodland creature, and Chica is Pacha’s wife who helps Pacha and Kuzco out in a tight pinch.
Over all the movie may be even more enjoyable as a young adult now, than it ever was when I was little. There are so many more jokes to catch onto, and animation tactics to applaud at. Did you guys know that Disney is no longer using classic animation style any more? That everything will be computer generated? Old news, I know, but incredibly depressing news. To think that my future child won’t ever get to see a new classic Disney movie on the big screen, is awfully depressing. Especially when you realize that The Princess and the Frog was the last hand-drawn animation from the studio.
But maybe this is a way to drive eventual sales? What if they say they cancel all hand-drawn movies, and 10 years from now, come out with a classic story in hand drawn animation, and blow all of our minds out of the water!? It could be a classic Grimm story that hasn’t been done by their animation department. Like Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretel, or even Rumpelstiltskin. I think that would make for a great marketing ploy and would sell tickets through the roof.
Anywhoo…. back to the movie… Um I loved when they had to dress Kuzco as a woman to get into a restaurant. I always love when kid movies show a male character dressing as a woman and conservative adults around the country don’t get upset about it. They realize that their kid just watched a man cross-dress as a woman and their children laughed about it, right?! I address this also in my Despicable Me 2 review.
The voice acting is wonderful. Did you guys realize that the woman who voices Yzma is the same “witch” from Earnest Scared Stupid? It only took me about 20 minutes to realize I recognized her voice from my childhood, but once I did, hot damn was I happy! Such a classic voice too.
I also love Patrick Wilburn. Not only does he voice my beloved Brock Sampson, but he pairs up with David Spade again in their romantic sitcom Rules of Engagement. But Wilburn brings real life to Kronk, and I love how innocent he is in this film. They break the fourth wall pretty well in this film too.
Anyways, if this review has you jonesing for some Kuzco and Kronk, but like me, you don’t own a physical copy of it, check out the below video I found of some of the funniest moments in the movie.
Also, Netfilx if you’re reading this, I swear TO BOB, IF YOU END UP PUTTING THIS MOVIE ON YOUR QUEUE AFTER I DOWNLOADED IT, I WILL BE SO MAD AT YOU. Netflix likes to play “I don’t have this movie currently,” and when I download it and watch it, Netflix likes to play, “Oh hey, I saw you wanted to watch this movie, so I put it on here for you, just because I like you so much. You’ve no idea how many strings I had to pull for you.”