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Trivia: The Emperor's New Groove
  • Actor Allusion: Yzma is voiced by Eartha Kitt, who is well known for portraying one version of Catwoman. She displays an example of To the Batpole! and later gets transformed into a cat. A cute, but still demonic cat.
  • Executive Meddling: The film began life as a much more standard Disney flick, Kingdom of the Sun. It managed to recover, proving that this trope isn't always a bad thing. Though we did lose a rockin' Villain Song in the process so you got your good and your bad.
    • On his DVD commentary, director Mark Dindal grumbles about a minor example, claiming an executive at Disney forced him to include a particular The Wizard of Oz Shout-Out.
    • Also, Composer Meddling: Sting is an environmentalist, and complained about Kuzco building a mansion on the hills on the original ending, causing it to be replaced by a hut.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Patrick Warburton, Eartha Kitt, John Goodman, David Spade and Sting.
  • Troubled Production/What Could Have Been: Originally, it was going to be a more traditional Disney epic called Kingdom of the Sun, with a typical Prince and Pauper storyline. After a Writer Revolt, Executive Meddling, and a Re Tool (as the two directors were going in opposite directions, and the film had only a short span of two years to get completed), they scrapped the idea of doing a serious epic, and the resultant film was completed in an entirely different style at great expense and at the last minute. Several animators, such as Andreas Deja who wanted to work on "a great film", left in a huff, as well as many other staff members who just left Disney entirely.
    • Related to Troubled Production: Mrs. "Sting", Trudie Styler, filmed a (slightly unfinished) documentary on the film's production, The Sweatbox. It was screened once, but since Disney owns this document of chaos, they make sure it never gets released (very likely due to there being a large amount of swearing in it), though it did end up being leaked on the internet in March 2012.
    • Related to What Could Have Been: Owen Wilson was originally cast as Pachanote . He recorded all his dialogue but when the film was retooled, his voice work was thrown out. There also used to be a short talking Incan statue sidekick to be voiced by Harvey Feinstein. Kronk was nowhere in the story. Yzma's original carnation was creepier, less neurotic, far more threatening, and obsessed with becoming young and beautiful again.
  • What Could Have Been: In the original Kingdom of the Sun, Pacha would've sounded like Lightning McQueen; ANOTHER Pixar protagonist!!
    • That's because both original Pacha and Lightning are voiced by Owen Wilson.
    • Marc Shaiman originally scored the film but had his work rejected after a test screening and was replaced by John Debney. Shaiman's work can be heard in The Sweatbox (the making-of documentary on the film and its Troubled Production). He describes his take as having too much Mickey Mousing.
    • The movie as made was supposed to end with Kuzco building his mansion on a hill further away from Pancha's village and inviting Pancha and his family to stay in it, before Sting pointed out that if Kuzco still built his mansion after all his experiences he wouldn't really have learned anything.

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