Headscratchers: The Emperor's New Groove

  • Does The Emperor's New Groove take place in a Flintstone-like anachronistic past, or does it take place in a village of present-day Native Mexicans?
    • The Inca empire exists, so definitely the past.
      • I believe the Word of God from the director is that, as the film says at the beginning, it takes place Long Ago In The Jungle. Any more then that, and you're overthinking it.
      • Native Mexicans? The Incas are from Peru, which is 4000 kilometers away from Mexico.
      • I thought the movie made it clear that it was set in the Incan Empire before the Conquistadors arrived.
      • I think the Bob's Big Boy-esque resturant might be what's throwing them off. I just think everyone should remember that it's just an animated movie, though.
  • So Tepo(SP?) feels the need to tell his dad he ate a bug and Pacha then makes a joke that implies this is, in fact, not a normal thing. Then they go to a restraunt and Pacha digs into a bug as if it's a delicacy.
    • Perhaps the bug that Tepo ate wasn't actually meant to be part of the meal.
    • Or he was joking that his wife's cooking is no better than you can get at a greasy spoon (as the place where Pacha was eating the bug in was hardly a four-star restaurant).
  • Why were they near Pacha's house around Kuzco's Heel Realization? Didn't they travel at all?
    • At the end of the scene where the bridge collapses, Pacha mentions they'll have to take the long way to Kuzco's palace. Perhaps the route involved doubling back to near where they started.
    • After Pacha reunites with Kuzco he specifically mentions that they need to head back to the house for supplies. As for what supplies these were and why they were worth wasting an entire trip to go back and get them- you've got me.
    • The supplies Pacha is referring to, are the harness and arrow that Pacha uses later so they can safely cross the cliffs (due to the bridge having been destroyed).
  • How did they get there? They certainly got me...
    • Yzma hitched a ride from her Friends On the Other Side.
  • Why does she even have that lever?
    • I always assumed it was in case of an intruder and that Kronk constantly pulling the wrong lever was just Rule of Funny
    • Yeah but Kuzco and Pacha get through the crocs with ease, which makes that lever even more useless.
  • What happened to Kuzco's parents?
  • Where does Kronk live after he (presumably) got kicked out of the palace? According to Yzma he doesn't even own a fixer-upper.
    • Maybe he rents a place in town, or perhaps there's some sort of extra room at the diner where he works that he managed to spruce up and move into.
  • During the diner scene, we witness Kronk's first working day in Mudka's Hut's kitchen. Despite being busy with Yzma and their mission to find Kuzco, it seems the restaurant finally found a cook much more skilled and lighter than the previous one. Despite the good news, he leaves the diner a few minutes later along with Yzma, her new sombrero hat and a birthday cake slice, leaving Mudka's Meat Hut without a cook and no one to replace him any sooner. I just wonder how the diner managed to keep its business running without Kronk's aid, at least before he would have decided to restart his cooking career after the ending of the first movie.
    • The sequel reveals that he actually kept his job there.
  • In the sequel, Kronk tells the story of how he lost both the house and the girl his father had always wanted him to have, but that he did so by choosing to do the right thing instead...but in the case of the girlfriend he lost, Ms. Birdwell, did he really need to sacrifice their relationship in order to protect Tipo? His reasoning for it is that he insisted that his troop members "do whatever it takes to win", but Tipo really should've known the difference between giving it everything he had and cheating by sabotaging the competition. Even worse is that Kronk doesn't even reprimand Tipo for what he did - he just seems to accept complete responsibility for it even though it wasn't his fault.
  • I was wondering what Yzma was still doing inside the palace at dinnertime (DINNERTIME!) if Kuzco had already fired her earlier that day...
    • Well, since she was a royal advisor—if not THE royal advisor—I always assumed she just lived in the palace like most of the other servants. She probably made some excuse about needing time to get her things, clear out her old room, etc.