The Emperor's New Groove

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The Emperor's New Groove is a 2000 American-Mexican animated comedy film released by Walt Disney Pictures. It follows an Inca emperor named Kuzco who is turned into a llama by an ex-advisor and teams up with a peasant to transform him back to normal.

Directed by Mark Dindal. Written by David Reynolds.
It's All About... ME


[First lines]
[At the very beginning where we see him as a llama all alone in the rainy jungle]
Emperor Kuzco: [narrates] Will you take a look at that? Pretty pathetic, huh? Well, you'll never believe this, but that llama you're looking at was once a human being. And not just any human being. That guy was an emperor. A rich, powerful ball of charisma. Oh, yeah. This is his story. Well, actually my story. That's right- I'm that llama. The name is Kuzco. Emperor Kuzco. I was the world's nicest guy, and they ruined my life for no reason. Oh, is that hard to believe? Look, I tell you what. You go back -you know, before I was a llama, and this will all make sense. [the film rewinds to show Kuzco as a baby playing with his toys] All right, now see, that's a little too far back. Oh, ho. Look at me. That's me as a baby. [the stuffed animal's head pops off when Baby Kuzco squeezes it. Baby Kuzco cries, then coos and giggles when more stuffed animals are given to him] All right, let's move ahead.

Emperor Kuzco: [narrating] Okay. This is the real me. [scene cuts to him as a llama] Not this. [cuts back to him as a human, lounging on his throne] This. [back to Llama Kuzco] Not this. [back to Human Kuzco] Winner. [back to Llama Kuzco] Loser. [back to Human Kuzco] Okay. See this palace? Everybody in it is at my command. Check this out. Butler. Chef. Theme song guy.

Emperor Kuzco: [repeated line] Ha! Boom, baby!

[Kuzco analyzes potential brides]
Emperor Kuzco: Let's take a look-see. Hate your hair. Not likely. Yikes. Yikes. Yikes. And, let me guess, you have a great personality.

Pacha: [noticing Rudy is caught in one of the palace streamers] Hey, are you all right? [helps Rudy down] What happened?
Rudy: Well, I threw off the emperor's groove.
Pacha: What?
Rudy: His groove! The rhythm in which he lives his life! His pattern of behavior! I threw it off! And the emperor had me thrown out the window!
Pacha: Well, I'm supposed to see him today-
Pacha: Oh. Okay.
Rudy: Beware the groove!
Pacha: Hey, are you going to be all right?
Rudy: [leaving] The grooooove...

[After Kuzco fires Yzma, she starts using a hammer to smash idol heads of him provided by Kronk]
Yzma: He can't get rid of me that easily! Who does that ungrateful little worm think he is?! Does he— [to Kronk] A little to the left. [Kronk nudges the head so Yzma can smash it] have ANY idea of who he's dealing with?! How could he do this to me?! Why, I practically raised him!
Kronk: [lays down another bust, which Yzma smashes] Yeah, you'd think he would've turned out better.
Yzma: Yeah. Go figure.
Kronk: Well, it's better you're taking out your anger on these things instead of the real Kuzco, huh?
Yzma: That's it, Kronk! That's it! I'll get rid of Kuzco.
Kronk: The real Kuzco?
Yzma: Of course the real Kuzco! Don't you see? It's perfect! With him out of the way and no heir to the throne, I'll take over and rule the empire. Brrrrilliant.
Kronk: So, how does that work with you being fired and all?
Yzma: The only ones who know about that are the three of us, soon to be the two of us.
Kronk: And I'm one of those two, right?
Yzma: To the secret lab! [they move over to two levers] Pull the lever, Kronk! [Kronk pulls a lever, opening a trap door under Yzma; she falls through] WRONG LEVEEEEEEEEER! [splash]
Kronk: [looking down the trap door] Uh...
Yzma: [comes out all wet and with a crocodile biting her dress] Why do we even have that lever? [slaps the crocodile which lets go of her dress and runs away, yipping] Get out of my way. [pulls the other lever, and she and Kronk land in what is like an amusement park ride]
Ride Voice: Please remain seated, and keep your arms and legs in at all times.
[Ride speeds up, going through tunnels]
Kronk: Whoo! Faster, faster! Yzma! Put your hands in the air! Whoo-hoo, whoo-hoo!
[Yzma and Kronk arrive in the lab, wearing lab coats and safety goggles, do a high-five, and run to get to work]
Yzma: Ah, how should I do it? Oh, I know. I'll turn him into a flea. A harmless little flea. And then I'll put that flea in a box, and then I'll put that box inside of another box, and then I'll mail that box to myself and when it arrives, AH HA HA HA! I'LL SMASH IT WITH A HAMMER! It's brilliant, brilliant, BRILLIANT, I tell you! Genius, I say! [knocks over a beaker of poison onto a plant, and the plants explodes into black, shriveled, then drops quickly, dead] Or, to save on postage, I'll just poison him with this. Take it, Kronk. [laughs] Oh, feel the power.
Kronk: Oh. I can feel it.
Yzma: Our moment of triumph approaches! [laughs] IT'S DINNERTIME!

Yzma: So, is everything ready for tonight?
Kronk: Oh, yeah. I thought we'd start off with soup and a light salad, and then see how we feel after that.
Yzma: Not the dinner. The You-Know...?
Kronk: Oh, riiiight. The poison. The poison for Kuzco. The poison chosen especially to kill Kuzco. Kuzco's poison. [long pause] That poison?
Yzma: Yes, that poison.
Kronk: Got ya covered.
Yzma: Excellent. A few drops in his drink, then I'll propose a toast, and he will be dead before dessert.
Kronk: Which is a real shame, 'cause it's gonna be delicious.

Yzma: What?! A llama?! HE'S SUPPOSED TO BE DEAD!
Kronk: Yeah, weird.
Yzma: Let me see that vial. This isn't poison. This is extract of...LLAMA! Oooohhhhh...
Kronk: You know, in my defense, your poisons all look alike. You might think about re-labeling some of them.
Yzma: Take him out of town and finish the job Now!
Kronk: What about dinner?
Yzma: Kronk, this is kind of important.
Kronk: How about dessert?
Yzma: Well, I suppose there's time for dessert.
Kronk: And coffee?
Yzma: Alright, a quick cup of coffee. THEN TAKE HIM OUT OF TOWN AND FINISH THE JOB!

[While Kuzco is in a bag, about to go over a very large waterfall]
Kronk's Shoulder Angel: You're not just gonna let him die like that, are you?
Kronk: My shoulder angel.
Kronk's Shoulder Devil: Don't listen to that guy. He's trying to lead you down the "path of righteousness". I'm gonna lead you down the path that rocks.
Kronk's Shoulder Angel: Ah, come off it
Kronk's Shoulder Devil: You come off it.
Kronk's Shoulder Angel: You.
Kronk's Shoulder Devil: You.
Kronk's Shoulder Angel: You.
Kronk's Shoulder Devil: [smirking] You infinity. [the angel growls in frustration] [to Kronk] Listen up, big guy. I got three good reasons why you should just walk away. Number one: [points at the angel] Look at that guy. He's got that sissy, stringy, music thing.
Kronk's Shoulder Angel: We've been through this. It's a harp, and you know it.
Kronk's Shoulder Devil: All right. So, that's a harp...and that's a dress.
Kronk's Shoulder Angel: Robe.
Kronk's Shoulder Devil: Reason number two: [does a one-handed handstand] Look what I can do. Ha, ha! Ha!
Kronk: But, uh, what does that have to do with anything?
Kronk's Shoulder Angel: No, no, he's got a point.
Kronk: Listen, you guys. You're starting to confuse me, so, uh, "be gone". Or, uh, you know, however I get rid of you guys.
Kronk's Shoulder Angel and Devil: That'll work.
[They disappear]

Chicha: So, what did the emperor want?
Pacha: [clears throat] Oh, you know what, he couldn't see me.
Chicha: Couldn't see you? Why not?
Pacha: I don't know.
Chicha: Well, well, that's just rude.
Pacha: Well, he is the emperor. I'm sure he's busy.
Chicha: No, no, no, no, no. No. Emperor or no Emperor, it's called common courtesy.
Pacha: Honey-
Chicha: If that were me, I'd march right back there and demand to see him, and you know I would.
Pacha: Sweetie, sweetie. Think of the baby.
Chicha: Pacha, I'm fine. This baby's not coming out for while. But even if it was, I'd give that guy a piece of my mind. That kind of behavior just, just... I gotta go wash something. Pacha, you okay?
Pacha: Hmm? Oh, yeah. I'm just a little tired from the trip. Um...I'm gonna go put Misty away. [The film freezes as Pacha is sitting outside his house when Kuzco in llama form comes out onscreen]
Kuzco: Hi. Excuse me. 2 seconds here. [takes out a red marker] Um, I'm the 1 in the cart, remember? [circles the burlap sack he's tied up in] This story's about me. [crosses Pacha out] Not him. Got it? Okay. We're gonna move ahead. Sorry to slow you down. [disappears for a split second, but comes back out and scribbles Pacha out with the marker before the film continues]
Pacha: Huh? Whoa. Where'd you come from, little guy?
Kuzco: No touchy.
Kuzco: Demon llama?! Where?! [looks at Misty and screams. He attempts to run away on his hind legs but fails and tumbles and crashes onto the fence] Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no! Ow! Ow, my head!
Pacha: Okay, demon llama. Just take it easy. I mean you no harm,
Kuzco: What are you talking about- Oh, wait. I know you. You're that whiny peasant.
Pacha: Emperor Kuzco?
Kuzco: Yeah. Who do you think you were talkin' to?
Pacha: don't...look like the emperor.
Kuzco: What do you mean I don't look like the emperor?
Pacha: this... [gesturing his fingers to Kuzco]
Kuzco: What is this, some kind of little game you country folk like to- [notices he has hooves] Ahh! It can't be! [goes to a fountain to show his reflection and realizes he's been turned into a llama] Ahh! Ahh! Ahh! My face! My beautiful, beautiful face!
Pacha: Okay, okay, okay. Whoa, whoa, whoa.
Kuzco: I'm an ugly stinky llama!
Pacha: Wait, okay, Your Majesty.
Kuzco: Llama face!
Pacha: What happened?
Kuzco: I'm trying to figure that out, okay? [falls and starts whining again] I can't remember! I can't remember anything! Wait a minute. I remember you. I remember telling you that I was building my pool where your house was. And then you got mad at me. [gasps] Then you turned me into a llama!
Pacha: What? No, I did not!
Kuzco: Yes, and then you kidnapped me!
Pacha: Why would I kidnap a llama?
Kuzco: I have no idea. You're the criminal mastermind. Not me.
Pacha: What?
Kuzco: Hmm. You're right. That's giving you way too much credit. Okay, I gotta get back to the palace. Yzma's got that "secret lab"; I'll just snap my fingers and order her to change me back. Hey, you. No time to waste. Let's go. [starts walks away] Hey, tiny. I wanna get out of this body. Wouldn't you? Now let's go.
Pacha: Build your summer home somewhere else.
Kuzco: You wanna run that by me again?
Pacha: I can't let you go back unless you change your mind and build your summer home somewhere else.
Kuzco: Hey, I got a little secret for you. Come here. No, closer. I don't make deals with peasants.
Pacha: Then, I guess I can't take you back.
Kuzco: Fine, I don't need you. I can find my own way back.
Pacha: I wouldn't recommend it. It's a little dangerous if you don't know the way.
Kuzco: Nice try, pal.
Pacha: No, really, I'm telling you-there are jaguars and snakes and quicksand.
Kuzco: La, la, la, la, la-la-la. La-la-la. I'm not listening.
Pacha: I'm not kidding. Listen, you cannot go in there.
Kuzco: [singsongs] Still not listening.
Pacha: Fine. Fine! GO AHEAD! If there's no Kuzco, there's no "Kuzcotopia". Takes care of my problem.

[Pacha and Kuzco are swinging to safety after Kuzco is rescued from a pack of jaguars]
Pacha: Don't worry, Your Highness, I got ya! You're safe now!
[The vine from which they are swinging from catches, spins them around numerous times and binds them to a log]
Kuzco: Maybe I'm just new to this whole rescuing thing, but this, to me, might be considered kind of a step backwards, wouldn't you say?
Pacha: No, no, no. It's-It's okay. This is all right. We can figure this out.
[The log starts to break]
Kuzco: I hate you.
[The log breaks completely, sending them plummeting into a river. After riding through the rapids, they are bounced into far calmers waters]
Kuzco: I don't know about you, but I'm getting all funned out.
Pacha: Uh-oh.
Kuzco: Don't tell me. We're about to go over a huge waterfall.
Pacha: Yep.
Kuzco: Sharp rocks at the bottom?
Pacha: Looks likely.
Kuzco: Bring it on. [as they go over] BOO-YEAH!!

Pacha: For the last time, it was not a kiss.
Kuzco: Well, whatever you call it. It was disgusting And to think, if you'd done what I ordered you to do in the first place, we all could have been spared your little kiss of life. But now that we're here, you will take me back to the palace, I'll have Yzma change me back, and then I'll start construction on Kuzcotopia. [builds a house with a rock, sticks, and a leaf] Oh, yeah.
Pacha: Okay, now look. I think we got off on the wrong foot here.
Kuzco: Um-hm.
Pacha: I just think if you really thought about it, you'd decide to build your home on a different hilltop.
Kuzco: And why would I do that?
Pacha: Because... Deep down, I think you'll realize that you're forcing an entire village out of their homes just for you.
Kuzco: And that's...bad?
Pacha: Well, yeah! Uh, nobody's that heartless.
Kuzco: Mmmm. Now take me back.
Pacha: What? Wait, wait. How can you be this way? All you care about is building your summer home and filling it with stuff for you.
Kuzco: Uh, yeah. Doy. Me. Everyone else in the kingdom gets it. You're the only one that doesn't seem to be with the program. Eh, Pacha?
Pacha: You know, someday you're gonna wind up all alone and you'll have no one to blame but yourself.
Kuzco: Thanks for that, I'll log that away. Now, for the final time, I order you to take me back to the palace.
Pacha: Looks to me like you're stuck out here. Because unless you change your mind, I'm not taking you back.
Kuzco: "Because unless you change your mind, I'm not gonna take you back." Me, me, me. Moo, moo, moo. [throws an acorn at Pacha] Huh? What? I didn't do anything. I didn't do that. Somebody's throwing stuff. You gonna build a fire or what?
Pacha: [sighs] He's never going to change his mind.
Kuzco: [sighs] How am I ever gonna get out of here?

Yzma: Kuzco is dead, right? Tell me Kuzco's dead. I need to hear these words.
Kronk: Uh, do you need to hear all those words exactly?
Kronk: Well, he's not as dead as we would have hoped.
Yzma: Kronk.
Kronk: Just thought I'd give you a heads-up, in case Kuzco ever came back.
Yzma: He can't come back.
Kronk: Yeah, that would be kinda awkward, especially after that lovely eulogy.
Yzma: YA THINK?! You and I are going out to find him. If he talks, we're through. NOW LET'S MOVE!

[Kuzco has just rescued Pacha from falling back into the canyon]
Kuzco: WHOO! YEAH! Look at me and my bad self! I snatched you right outta the air! "Oh, I'm a crumbling canyon wall, and I'm taking you with me." Well, not today, pal. Uh-huh, uh-huh-uh-huh-uh-huh. Uh-huh, uh-huh. Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh.
Pacha: You just saved my life.
Kuzco: So?
Pacha: I knew it.
Kuzco: Knew what?
Pacha: That there is some good in you after all.
Kuzco: Oh, no.
Pacha: Admit it.
Kuzco: Wrong.
Pacha: Yes, there is.
Kuzco: Nuh-uh.
Pacha: I think there is.
Kuzco: Nuh-uh.
Pacha: Hey, you could've let me fall.
Kuzco: C'mon, what's the big deal? Nobody's that heartless. Eh, don't put too much into it. It was a one-time thing.
Pacha: Yeah, sure. Well, we better get going. With that bridge out, it's a 4-day walk to the palace.
Kuzco: What, you mean you're still taking me back?
Pacha: I shook on it, didn't I?
Kuzco: Well, yeah. But I hope you realize that doesn't change a thing. I'm still building Kuzcotopia when I get back.
Pacha: Well, 4 days is a long time. Who knows? Maybe you'll change your mind.
Kuzco: Uh-huh. Four days. What are the chances of you carrying me?
Pacha: Not good.

[Pacha is carrying Kuzco while walking.]
Pacha: Low blood sugar, huh?
Kuzco: Yeah, it's a curse. [Laughs]
Pacha: Well, as soon as we get something to eat, you're walking the rest of the way.

[Yzma and Kuzco are ordering meals from Kronk. When one exits, the other enters, so they never see each other]
Yzma: While you're at it, make me the special, and hold the gravy.
Kronk: Check. Pickup.
Kuzco: You know what? On 2nd thought, make my omelet a meat pie.
Kronk: Meat pie. Check.
Yzma: Kronk? Can I order the potatoes as a side dish?
Kronk: I'll have to charge you full price.
[Yzma groans]
Kuzco: Hey, how about a side of potatoes, buddy?
Kronk: You got it. Want cheese on those potatoes?
Yzma: Thank you, Kronk. Cheddar will be fine.
Kronk: Cheddar spuds coming up.
Kuzco: Spuds yes, cheese no.
Kronk: Hold the cheese.
Yzma: No, I want the cheese.
Kronk: Cheese it is.
Kuzco: Cheese, me no like-y.
Kronk: Cheese out.
Yzma: Cheese in.
Kronk: Ah, come on, make up your mind.
Kuzco: Okay, okay, on second thought-
Yzma and Kuzco: Make my potatoes a salad.

[Kuzco had escorted out the restaurant by Pacha as they distracted Yzma with a birthday song]
Kuzco: What are you doing?
Pacha: Look, there's two people in there looking for you.
Kuzco: What?
Pacha: A big guy and a skinny old woman.
Kuzco: Wait, was this woman scary beyond all reason?
Pacha: Oh, yeah.
Kuzco: That's Yzma and Kronk. I'm saved.
Pacha: Trust me, they're not here to save you.
Kuzco: They'll take me back to the palace. Thanks for your help. You've been great. I can take it from here.
Pacha: No, no, you don't understand. They're trying to kill you.
Kuzco: Kill me? Their whole world revolves around me.
Pacha: No, I can't let you.
Kuzco: What? Wha...Oh. Oh, I get it.
Pacha: What?
Kuzco: You don't want to take me back to the palace. You want to keep me stranded out here forever.
Pacha: No!
Kuzco: This has all been an act, and I almost fell for it.
Pacha: Will you just listen to...
Kuzco: No, no, you listen to me. All you care about is your-your stupid hilltop!
Pacha: What?
Kuzco: You don't care about me. Now, just get out of here. Go!
Pacha: But, but-
Kuzco: Go on, get out of here.
Pacha: FINE!
[Kuzco leaves; Cut to Yzma and Kronk leaving the diner]
Yzma: Oh, this entire mess is all your fault!
Kronk: What'd I do?
Yzma: If you hadn't mixed up those poisons, Kuzco would be DEAD now! [At Yzma's statement, the smile on Kuzco's face instantly falls and is replaced with shock and horror] There'll be no more diversions until we track that llama down and KILL HIM!
[Kuzco retreats and hides in the bushes]
Kronk: Said I was sorry, can't just let it go, not even on your birthday.
Yzma: Kuzco must be eliminated. The empire will finally be rid of that useless slug.
Kronk: Well, you got a point. Nobody really seems to care that he's gone, do they?
[Kuzco stares in shock as he watches Yzma and Kronk leave.]
Kuzco: Pacha! PACHA?! [Pacha has vanished; Kuzco hangs his head in despair]

Kuzco: [narrating] So this is where you came in. See, just like I said, I'm the victim here. I didn't do anything, and they ruined my life and took everything I had.
Kuzco: Hey, give it a rest up there, will ya?
Kuzco: [narrating] What? I'm just telling them what happened.
Kuzco: Who are you kidding, pal? They saw the whole thing. They know what happened.
Kuzco: [narrating] Well, yeah, but-
Kuzco: Just leave me alone.
Kronk: The peasant, at the diner. [beat] He didn't pay his check. [falls back asleep,] He's the peasant who I saw leaving the city who disappeared into the crowd with Kuzco on the back of his cart. [gasps] He must have taken him back to his village, so if we find the village, we find him, and if we find him, we find Kuzco. Oh yeah, it's all comin' together. [runs into Yzma's tent] Yzma!
Yzma: What?!
Yzma: This had better be good!

[Kuzco finds Pacha in a field of llamas.]
Kuzco: Hey, listen, Pacha, you know, what I said to you back at the diner, th-that, I-I-I didn't really...
[Pacha holds up his hand as if to say "That's okay, Kuzco. You don't have to say it."]
Pacha: So... you tired of being a llama?
Kuzco: [Sobbing] YEH-HEH-HEH-HESS!!!

Chicha: [to Yzma] You know, I am so sorry that you had to come all this way. But, as I said to you before, you may recall, Pacha is not here. I'll be sure to tell him you came by.
Yzma: Oh, would you, please? That would be just great. [makes an exaggerated gesture that makes her knock her teacup off the table] Oops. Silly me.
Chicha: No, no. [exhaustively] Allow me.
[Chicha, being pregnant, has trouble picking it up; Yzma dashes up to Kronk, who is jumping rope with Tipo and Chaca. As she talks to Kronk, Yzma is skipping with him]
Yzma: She's hiding something. When I give the word, we search the house.
Kronk: Okay, but I still got 94 monkeys to go.
[Yzma groans and cartwheels back to the table after Chicha picks up the cup]

Kuzco: Hey, was it a good idea to leave your family with those two?
Pacha: Oh, don't worry. They can handle themselves.
[Cuts back to at the house, Chicha has managed to shut Yzma and Kronk in a closet by taking away the doorknob]
Chicha: What do you mean the door's stuck? Try jiggling the handle.
Yzma: There is no handle in here.
Chicha: There's not? Are you sure?
Yzma: Alright, I've had enough of this. Tell us where the talking llama is, and we'll burn your house to the ground.
Kronk: Uh, don't you mean "or"?
Yzma: Tell us where the talking llama is, OR we'll burn your house to the ground.
Chaca: Well, which is it? That seems like a pretty crucial conjunction.
Yzma: That's it! Kronk, break the door down!
Kronk: Break it down? Are you kidding me? This is hand-carved mahogany.
Yzma: I don't care, you fool! Get out of my way! I'll break it down myself. A-1...
Chicha: Okay, kids, you know what to do.
Yzma: 2...
Tipo and Chaca: Right, Mom!
Yzma: 3!
[Yzma charges through the closet but then slips on the floor waxed by Tipo, Yzma then rides on a wheelbarrow and is then covered by honey and feathers, she then flings out of the wheelbarrow; scene cuts to a party where kids are about to whack a pinata]
Mother: Okay, children. On you mark, get set... [Yzma takes the place of the pinata] Go.
[The kids start batting Yzma with their clubs]
Yzma: Stop it, you little brats. [sees Kuzco and Pacha making a run for it] THERE THEY GO, KRONK! THEY'RE GETTING AWAY!

Kuzco: Okay, why does she even have that lever?
Ride Voice: Please remain seated, and keep your arms and legs in at all times.
[Kuzco and Pacha scream all the way through the ride and end up in Yzma and Kronk's lab costumes]
Kuzco: Huh?
[They take off the costumes and run to the lab]
Pacha: What does it look like?
Kuzco: I don't know. Just keep looking.
Pacha: Over here. It has to be one of these. Lions, tigers, bears...
Yzma: Oh, my. Looking for this?
Kuzco: No, it can't be. How did you get back here before us?
Yzma: How did we, Kronk?
Kronk: Well, ya got me. By all accounts, it doesn't make sense.
Yzma: Oh, well. Back to business.
Kuzco: Okay, I admit it. Maybe I wasn't as nice as I should have been. But, Yzma, do you really wanna kill me?
Yzma: Just think of it as you're being let go. That your life's going in a different direction. That your body is part of a permanent outplacement.
Kronk: Hey, that's kinda like what he said to you when you got fired.
Yzma: I know. It's called a cruel irony. Like my dependence on you.
Kuzco: I can't believe this is happening.
Yzma: Then I bet you weren't expecting this. [starts to pull up her dress; Kuzco and Pacha recoil and start yelling objections, before she reveals a knife strapped to her thigh] A-ha! [Kuzco and Pacha are relieved and pass it off] [tosses the knife to Kronk] Finish them off.
Kronk's Shoulder Devil: Hey, you're not backing down now, are you, big guy?
Kronk: Uh, where's the other guy? [Kronk's Shoulder Angel appears sitting in a hairdryer] Yo.
Kronk's Shoulder Angel: [quickly gets off the chair, removes the helmet and restores his halo while he speaks] Sorry I'm late. So, what did I miss?
[As Kronk talks to the Shoulder guardians in his head, Yzma stares at him, turns to Kuzco and Pacha, and points to him with her thumb; Pacha and Kuzco shrug]
Kronk: Well, Yzma just tossed me this knife and asked me to, y'know, take them out. Then this guy popped up and we waited for you, and, quite honestly-
Yzma: Kronk! Why did I think you could do this? This one simple thing. It's like I'm talking to a monkey.
Kronk's Shoulder Angel: Whoa, now.
Yzma: A really, really big, stupid monkey named KRONK!
Kronk's Shoulder Devil: Ouch!
Yzma: And do you want to know something else? I never liked your spinach puffs. [Kronk, Shoulder Angel, and Shoulder Devil all gasp] NEVER!
[Kronk breaks down into tears; Shoulder Angel comforts him]
Kronk's Shoulder Devil: That's it. She's goin' down.
Kronk's Shoulder Angel: Now, now. Remember, guys: "From above, the wicked shall receive their just reward."
[They look above Yzma and notice a chandelier]
Kronk, Shoulder Angel, and Shoulder Devil: That'll work.
[Kronk cuts the rope to the chandelier, sending it falling down towards Yzma, but due to her skinny form, it falls around her instead of on her]
Kronk: Strange. That usually works.
Yzma: And so does this. [pulls over a large vial, which turns out to be a lever for a trapdoor below Kronk]
Kronk: Ah. Should've seen that coming. [falls through] WHOOAAAAAA! [Shoulder angel and devil then fall through holding each other]

[The guards have been transformed into a warthog, a lizard, an ostrich, a cow, an octopus, and a gorilla by Pacha]
Yzma: Get them!
Guard Turned Cow: Hey, I've been turned into a cow. Can I go home?
Yzma: You're excused. Anyone else?
Guard Turned Animals: No, no. We're good.
Yzma: Get them!

[Kuzco and Pacha are running from the guards]
Pacha: One of them's gotta change you back. Try this one.
Kuzco: [drinks a potion and turns into a tortoise] Uh, Pacha, little help? [being a tortoise, cannot run away from the guards]
Pacha: Come on, come on! [grabs Kuzco and narrowly avoids the Octopus Guard's axes; he then uses Kuzco like a skateboard down the the stairway edges until they're cornered by the guards]
Pacha: [holds up another potion] Oh, please be something with wings. [uncorks the potion and gives to Kuzco]
[In a puff of pink smoke, they rise off the rail; the smoke settles to reveal Kuzco as a red bird]
Kuzco: Yeah-ha-ha! We're flying! [reveals he is actually a tiny bird; unable to lift Pacha's weight off the ground] Uh-oh. [they crash onto a statue's head and Pacha runs while holding him] We're not getting anywhere with you picking the vials. I'm picking the next one.
Pacha: Fine by me.
Kuzco: Give me that one. [Pacha gives him the potion, turning him into a whale] Don't you say a word.
[The bridge finally collapses and Pacha and Kuzco fall into the canals]
Yzma: Quick, drain the canals!
[Kuzco surfaces with Pacha standing on his head]
Pacha: Open up! [throws a potion into Kuzco's open mouth, turning back into a llama]
Kuzco: Yay, I'm a llama again! [pause] Wait.
[A rumbling is heard and the water immediately drains out of the palace; Kuzco and Pacha are now hanging on]
Yzma: There they go! After them!
Guard Turned Lizard: Come on, men. Nobody lives forever!
Guard Turned Animals: CHARGE!
[The guards jump onto the nasal passage, but because of the slippery surface, they fall right of the nostril as Kuzco and Pacha climb up]

Pacha: Drink the potion!
Kuzco: OK, OK! Where did it go?! Where is it?!
Cat Yzma: Looking for this? [reveals Yzma as a cat] Is that my voice? [Coughs] Is that MY voice? Oh, well.
Kuzco: No, no, don't drop it!
Cat Yzma: I'm not going to drop [the potion], you fool! I'm going to drink it! And once I'm back to my beautiful self, I'm going to KILL YOU!

Palace Guard: For the last time, we did not order a giant trampoline.
Delivery Man: Y'know, you could've told me that before I set it up.

[Kuzco, back in his human form, apologizes to Rudy for throwing him out the window]
Rudy: Oh, you stop being so hard on yourself. All is forgiven.
Kuzco: You're sure?
Rudy: Ah, it's not the first time I was tossed out a window, and it won't be the last! What can I say? I'm a rebel! [begins to play-fight]
Kuzco: Easy, tiger. [Rudy accidentally hits him] Hey, I gotta use that arm later. [Rudy leaves, chuckling] Okay, buddy, take care. Ah, he's a sweet guy. [suddenly, Pacha sees a model of house of the hilltop at the village, and Kuzco knowing a peasants as he walked to him] So, you lied to me.
Pacha: I did?
Kuzco: Yeah. You said when the sun hits this ridge just right, these hills sing. Well, pal, I was dragged all over those hills and I did not hear any singing. [He takes Kuzcotopia away] So, I'll be building my summer home on more magical hill. Thank you.
Pacha: Heh. Couldn't pull the wool over your eyes, huh?
Kuzco: No, no, I'm sharp. I'm on it. [notices puts the model of Pacha's house back on the hilltop] Looks like you and your family are stuck on the tuneless hilltop forever, pal.
[Pacha smiles, Kuzco sit next to Pacha in silence in the moment on the bench]
Pacha: You know, I'm pretty sure I heard some singing on the hill next to us. In case you're interested.

[Last lines; Kronk is now teaching the Junior Chipmunks squirrel language]
Kronk: My acorn is missing.
Junior Chipmunks: Squeak squeakin' squeak squeakity.
Kronk: Did you eat the acorn?
Junior Chipmunks: Squeaker squeak squeak squeakin'?
Kronk: You owe me a new acorn.
Junior Chipmunks: Squeak squeaker squeak squeaker...
[One of the Junior Chipmunks silently urges Cat Yzma to follow along]
Cat Yzma: [annoyed] Squeakin'.
Kronk: I'm so proud of you guys.


About The Emperor's New Groove[edit]

  • The Sweatbox is at turns infuriating, hilarious and enlightening. You’ll cringe in sympathy with the Disney artists as you see the gross bureaucratic incompetence they had to endure while working at the studio in the 1990s. The film not only captures the tortured morphing of the Kingdom of the Sun into The Emperor’s New Groove, it also serves as an invaluable historical document about Disney’s animation operations in the late-1990s. If any questions remain about why Disney fizzled out creatively and surrendered its feature animation crown to Pixar and DreamWorks, this film will answer them
  • Supporters of Allers' original vision still feel that if he had been given the time, money and support that the film would have been a masterpiece. Instead of the more ambitious Kingdom of the Sun, the Disney Studio decides to go with a supposedly more commercial film incorporating some of the same characters and location, Emperor's New Groove.
  • Wade Sampson[2]

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