The Emperor’s New Groove Two-Movie Collection Blu-ray Review

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Get your groove on with Kuzco, Pacha, Kronk, and more with Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove Two-Movie Collection, out on blu-ray as of June 11th, 2013.

Could it be? A Disney animated film that I have not ever seen? Yes, it’s totally true! I had never seen The Emperor’s New Groove until the nice UPS man brought it directly to my door. I can’t remember the reasons why I never saw it–I guess I was not interested in what I saw in the previews. Now that I’ve finally seen it, I’m mad I deprived myself of this fun, adorable flick.

The Emperor's New Groove Two-Movie Collection Blu-ray Review

Set in the age of the Aztec, The Emperor’s New Groove revolves around selfish Emperor Kuzco (David Spade), who is planning to overtake the hillside home of Pacha (John Goodman) to turn it into his personal summer home. After firing his advisor Yzma (Eartha Kitt), she plots to kill him so she can take over the throne before anyone realizes she’s been relieved of her royal duties. Trusting her handsome (but dense) assistant Kronk (Patrick Warburton) to complete the deed proves disastrous; instead of ending up dead, Kuzco is transformed into a talking llama.

In llama form, Kuzco crosses paths again with Pacha, who decides to help Kuzco regain his true form. In the process, the two become friends and Pacha hopes that Kuzco will change his mind about the hilltop that has been in Pacha’s family for six generations. Once Yzma learns Kuzco is still alive, Pacha and Kuzco must stay one step ahead of her and get back to the palace to find the potion that can put Kuzco right again.

The Emperor’s New Groove possesses the same humor and lightheartedness as Hercules, which was another of Disney’s animated films that never looked appealing to me, but as soon as I watched it, I loved it. This has quickly become one of my 5-year-old’s new favorites, and she laughs like crazy every time she watches it. I’m so glad I finally gave this one a chance, or I’d be missing out on a cute story, fun jokes, and characters I just want to cuddle.

In Kronk’s New Groove, the tale mirrors the narrative style of the first film, but places Kronk, the lovable henchman from The Emperor’s New Groove, in the role of the main character. Poor Emperor Kuzco seems to have a difficult time dealing with himself not being the center attention, so he inserts himself into the story as often as he can.

With Yzma out of the picture, Kronk (Patrick Warburton) has moved on with his life and is living a peaceful existence as a cook and delivery boy at Mudka’s Meat Hut. A llamagram arrives for Kronk, informing him his father will soon be coming for a visit. All Kronk has ever wanted was his father’s approval, and the only way Kronk will get it is if he has a house on a hill, a beautiful wife, and a couple of kids.

Through flashbacks, Kronk reveals how he almost had all of the things his father ever wanted for him. But Kronk’s goodheartedness won out in both situations, and he lost both the house and the girl. Feeling sorry for him and wanting to support for Kronk, his friends go along with a comedic plan to trick his father, which ends in confusion and tons of laughs. Will Kronk finally realize he has everything he could ever want right in front of him?

I’m not usually a fan of animated sequels, but I actually quite enjoyed Kronk’s New Groove. It kept very true to the spirit of the original, and showed that there was more to the character of Kronk, whom we met in The Emperor’s New Groove. I’ve watched this a couple of times now, and it grows on me just a bit more every time I see it.


Jen currently lives in Utah with her family, and enjoys reading and writing in her spare time. She is active on popular book websites including paperbackswap.com, Goodreads.com, and luxuryreading.com.

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