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.
Kuzco: (bawling) "YEH-HEH-HEH-HESS!!" *sniff*
- And Pacha STILL deciding to help him even after all the crap Kuzco gave him beforehand. He doesn't even need the apology, simply waving it off halfway in and asking "So, you tired of being a llama?"
- 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?Old Man: Oh it's not the first time I've been thrown out a window, and it won't be the last. What can I say, I'm a rebel.Kuzco: Okay buddy take care, 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: Can'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 this tuneless hilltop forever, pal.Pacha: ...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 Kuzko, being... well, Kuzko, 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.
- The first hint that Kuzco might not be so bad after all is, at the dinner after firing Yzma, he starts offering to help her find a new job.
- 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 if he's ready to be human again.
- It's a small moment, but when Pacha and Kuzco are running back to the palace while Kronk and Yzma are at the home of Pacha's family, Kuzco's concerned for Pacha's family and wonders whether it was a good idea to leave Kronk and Yzma with Pacha's family, but Pacha assures Kuzco that his family will be fine.
- Yzma gets a small Pet the Dog moment when she allows the distraught mook who has been turned into a cow to go home early.
- When Yzma furiously insults Kronk's spinach puffs and Kronk begins to tear up, we see his shoulder angel give him a small pat on the cheek.