YMMV: The Emperor's New Groove

  • Anvilicious: Like most animated films today, the Power of Friendship is presented in full force. Unlike most animated films today, it manages to work in the movie's favor.
  • Ass Pull: Yzma and Kronk getting to the lab before Pacha and Kuzco, especially after being hit with lightning and falling into a ravine. Like everything else this is lampshaded.
    Ymza: ... How did we, Kronk?
    Kronk: Well, ya got me. By all accounts it doesn't make sense.
  • Award Snub: Whenever there's an argument about voice actors getting Oscar love for their performances (say Robin Williams for Aladdin or Ellen De Generes for Finding Nemo), Warburton's name comes up a lot for his work as Kronk.
  • Ear Worm: "Run Llama Run."
    • Yzma's Villain Song "Snuff Out The Light" was for Kingdom In The Sun but was recorded before the animation even began. They couldn't use it for the movie since its exposition is different from the final products plot. The song was put on the movies soundtrack though, saving it from being a lost track.
    • From the sequel, "Feel Like a Million"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Kronk. He didn't get a Spin-Off film for nothing.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Yzma, who has a mannequin-head for nightly "storing" of her enormous fake eyelashes.
  • He Really Can Act: David Spade, often known for a lowbrow schtick not unlike Adam Sandler's, sounds genuinely broken after Kuzco realizes he's driven away his only friend.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay: Kuzco and Pacha. Come on, you saw it. They had Kuzco dress up as a woman and pretends to be newlyweds with Pacha, Pacha almost giving him CPR and claiming "it was not a kiss", the amount of awkwardness between the two (including after they hug!), and Kuzco's Tsundere dynamic with Pacha. Oh, and Kuzco constantly ordering Pacha to take him back to the palace has eventually been shortened to "take me back" over the course of how many times it's been said. What more proof do you need?
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Kuzco is my favorite Disney Princess" on Tumblr.
    • Pull the lever!
      • WRONG LEVERRRRRRRR!!
      • Why do we even have that lever?
    • Smash it with a HAMMA!!!
    • The poison. The poison for Kuzco, the poison chosen especially to kill Kuzco, Kuzco's poison.
    • IT'S BRRRRRRRRRILLLIANT!
  • Moral Event Horizon: Parodied when, at least according to Kronk's shoulder devil, Yzma crossed it when she admitted to never liking Kronk's spinach puffs.
    • Kuzco came damn near close to crossing this when he left Pacha to die hanging from the rope bridge. Subverted when Kuzco gets stuck as well, and they have to work together to get out of it.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The final film is light-hearted and comedic... this deleted scene, on the other hand, depicting the guards destroying a cardboard cutout of Pacha's village, is surprisingly intense.
    • Kuzco bring surrounded by hungry Jaguars as a llama. It's very unnerving thanks to their black fur.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games:
    • The PlayStation, Dreamcast and PC game was just as humorous and satirical as the movie is, hanging lampshades on video game clichés long before The Simpsons Game did. However, there are changes to the plot, such as game Kuzco knowing Yzma is trying to kill him right from the start, while in the movie he did not learn that until after the dinner scene. Should also note that Yzma's crocodiles are, shall we say, more competent guards than they were in the movie.
  • Older Than They Think: Look at this kid from Saludos Amigos. Does the outfit look familiar? Maybe if we put it on somebody else ...
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Aside from the whole "twisted, snarky fairytale with an all-star cast" concept being monopolized by the runaway success of Shrek, this was also the first Disney film is years that was not a blockbuster musical romance with a "Be Yourself" message. Anyone who doesn't remember this era will probably have a hard time getting past the "David Spade as a llama" gimmick.
  • Sequelitis: The direct-to-DVD Kronk's New Groove was dire, save perhaps one or two individual moments. The follow-up TV series The Emperor's New School regained some lost ground but had a tendency to take jokes from the original movie and re-re-re-use them until they lay in tatters.
  • Trailer Joke Decay: Averted. The "huge waterfall" scene was already funny out of context, but is so hysterical in-context that it remains fresh.
  • Vindicated by History: The film was eventually a modest money-maker, and has garnered a new lease on life in the post-Shrek world as an example of how to do a timeless animated comedy right - many of the gags aged far better than the heavily modern pop-culture based humor of Shrek and its knock-offs, and the character of Yzma is now viewed as one of the best Disney villains.