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.
    • Kuzko's "Bubye!" to Pacha on the bridge. Apparently, he used to work for Total Bastard Airlines.
    • At one point, Kuzko tricks Pacha into carrying him due to low blood sugar, something David Spade actually suffers from.
  • Completely Different Title: In Norway, the title is "A Kingdom for a Llama", because the word "groove" doesn't really have a good equivalent. Some merchandise does name it after its original title however (with "style" replacing "groove"), though the former mentioned remains the most known.
  • Development Gag: The candle-holder in the dinner-scene depicts a character who got cut in the movie's overhaul.
  • 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 wrote a letter to the creative team, saying that he was pulling out of the film because the ending had Kuzco building the water park anyway and that entire plot was for naught because the protagonist didn't learn anything from his trials. The producers agreed with Sting's opinion and had the necessary changes made. In 'The Sweatbox', one of the creatives say that Disney movies are largely made via committee, with everyone having a say in how the final product is made, because of such situations: one person who normally would only be tangentially involved with the script might have an idea that changes the whole project for the better.
  • 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"note , left in a huff, as well as many other staff members who just left Disney entirely.
    • There's a rumor that, at one point, the production got so bad that Michael Eisner stormed into a story room, got in the director's face, held his thumb and forefinger an inch apart and yelled "You are THIS close to getting canceled!" before storming out.
    • 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 was briefly leaked on the internet in March 2012. A review can be found here.
    • 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 been Lightning McQueen; ANOTHER Pixar protagonist!!
  • Writer Revolt: Changing the typical Disney Renaissance-era epic into a screwball comedy was nothing but this. It's worth remembering that, at the time this movie was in production, Disney had been doing nothing but epic musical blockbusters, which their staff was gradually becoming sick off and fought against in favor of smaller, more experimental films.

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