Heartwarming / The Emperor's New Groove
Surprisingly enough, for a movie like this, there are a few examples:
- Everything involving Pacha and his family.
- Including Kronk acting as if they are family — saying "Let's not wait 'till the next family reunion to get together."
- Also, Kronk apparently genuinely bonding with Pacha's kids over jump rope.
- Pacha lending Kuzco his poncho.
- And at the end of the film, Chicha presents Kuzco with a homemade poncho of his own.
- Followed by Kuzco getting hugs from her, Pacha, and the kids, showing that he is pretty much considered one of the family now.
- Kuzco accidentally (or not) saving Pacha from falling off a cliff. "Don't read too much into it."
- When Kuzco apologizes to Pacha after learning the truth about Yzma's plot to kill him. Just when Kuzco has resigned himself to being a llama permanently, he accidentally stumbles upon Pacha, who's telling his llamas the story of how Kuzco saved his life earlier. To his surprise, the latter doesn't chew him out or say "I told you so", but simply smiles and asks, "So, you tired of being a llama?"
Kuzco: (bawling) "YEH-HEH-HEH-HESS!!" *sniff*
- Watch Kuzco apologizing to the old man who he had thrown out the window at the beginning of the film.
Old Man: Oh now you stop being so hard on yourself. All is forgiven.
Kuzco: You're sure?
Kuzco: Okay buddy, take care. (Chuckling to himself after the man leaves) Heh, he's a sweet guy.
- Kuzco agreeing to build his summer home next door to Pacha's house.
Kuzco: 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. So, I'll be building my summer home on a 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. Looks like you and your family are stuck on the tuneless hilltop forever, pal.
: ...You know, I think I heard some singing on the hill next to us. *Beat
* In case you're interested.
- What sells it is that Kuzco, being... well, Kuzco, can't just come out and apologize. He's doing it, but he's doing it in his own way, just to remind us that this is still the same guy who was about to destroy his (now) best friend's village.
- Near the end of the film, as Pacha and Kuzco are racing back to the palace, Kuzco questions Pacha on if it was a good idea to leave Pacha's wife, Chicha, and their kids behind to distract Kronk and Yzma, expressing genuine concern for the family, but Pacha assures him that they'll be fine—it may not seem like much, but it's pretty sweet to see Kuzco genuinely worried about Pacha's family.
Kuzco expresses concern for Pacha's family, who have been left behind to distract Yzma and Kronk while Kuzco and Pacha escape to the palace. Pacha assures him that they'll be fine.