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 Emperor's New Groove follows a young and self-centered Incan emperor, Kuzco , who is transformed into a llama by his ex-advisor, Yzma. In order for the emperor to change back into a human, he trusts a village leader, Pacha , who escorts him back to the palace. Development began in , when the film was conceived as a musical epic titled Kingdom of the Sun. Following his directorial debut with The Lion King , Roger Allers recruited English musician Sting to compose several songs for the film. Because of the underwhelming box office performances of Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame , Dindal was brought in as co-director to make the film more comedic. A documentary, The Sweatbox , details the production troubles that The Emperor's New Groove endured during its six years of development. The Emperor's New Groove was released to theaters on December 15, It received generally favorable reviews from critics, who praised it as one of the best films released during Disney's post- Renaissance era and the most comedic.
Disney's score-heavy soundtrack to the animated "Emperor's New Groove" blends a scoop of splashy and sentimental contemporary tunes with a shovelful of evocative, masterfully crafted compositions. Big-name artists such as Shawn Colvin , Eartha Kitt , and Tom Jones each signed on to sing one of five Sting -penned songs, and Sting himself lends vocals to two tracks one a duet with Colvin , so the stars are flying high. But fans of these folks may feel they're forever flipping through the wordless orchestral numbers in search of the record's radio-friendly fare. But buyers with more eclectic listening habits are in for a fully engaging if sometimes jumpy sonic ride: Composer John Debney sends pulses racing then mellows them out on tracks teeming with tension "Beware the Groove" , trepidation "The Jungle Rescue" , or tenderness "A New Hope" , and Sting as songwriter doses up splashes of spice by way of the salsified "Perfect World," for which Jones's considerable vocal energies couldn't be better suited, and the prickly "Snuff Out the Lights," which is put across with practiced insouciance by a pucker-faced, still-out-of-this-world-after-all-these-years Kitt, who also plays the movie's devious diva Yzma.
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The musical follows the plot of the Disney film, with a few minor changes. The show has four new characters: Supai, Mick, Paul and Phil — four antagonists originally conceived for the film's original story, Kingdom of the Sun but not used and it also uses elements of Kingdom of the Sun. Kuzco is the self-centered teenaged emperor of the Aztec, Incan and Mayan empire, brought up by his head advisor Yzma "Perfect World". One day, he summons Pacha, the headman of a nearby village, to inform him that he is building his enormous summer home, Kuzcotopia, on the site of Pacha's house "Summer Home". Pacha attempts to protest, and is dismissed. He also callously fires Yzma for attempting to run the kingdom while he is preoccupied, infuriating her. She, along with her easily-distracted assistant Kronk, who is always acompanned by his pet, a talking squirrel named Bucky enter her lair and ressurect her former assisstants; Paul, Phil and Mick to enlist their help.