Anvilicious: Like most animated films today, the Power of Friendship is presented in full force, but this movie makes it work: Kuzco is an unambiguous jerk, but he becomes a better person as he spends more time with the much nicer Pacha, and their cooperation ultimately helps both of them in the end.
Yzma's Villain Song ""Snuff Out The Light" was for Kingdom of 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 product's plot. The song was put on the movies soundtrack. though, saving it from being a lost track.
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?
Pacha crossdressing as Kronk's wife for him to get his Papa's approval in the sequel.
"Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Aside from the whole "twisted, snarky fairytale with an all-star cast" concept being monopolized by the runaway success of Shrek (which made it to theaters months after The Emperor's New Groove did), 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.
The direct-to-DVD Kronk's New Groove was by no means terrible, featuring some decent animation and good gags here and there, but it was still a rather forgettable film, playing out more like three episodes of a TV cartoon stitched together into a movie than a true follow up.
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: An amazing aversion. The "huge waterfall" scene was already funny out of context, but is so hysterical in-context that it remains one of the funniest parts of the whole movie.
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.
The decisions noted in Executive Meddling on the trivia page can also be seen as this. While the feelings of those who had their hard work discarded are understandable, descriptions and snippets of the Kingdom In The Sun draft look dangerously like yet another iteration of the late 90s/early 2000s Disney Award Bait formula, complete with Romantic Plot Tumor, tangential Green Aesop, and Jafar expy. As noted in the "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny entry, and in an uncharacteristically bold move for Disney, what we got instead was an irreverent Self-Parody of serious!Disney, featuring a cast of memorable characters in a World of Snark.
When Pacha first meets Llama!Kuzco and questions this, Kuzco answers "Yeah, who do you think you're talking to?" In the Norwegian dub, they apparently found it hard to fit the lip sync and instead had Kuzco mockingly mimic Pacha's question (with an added lisp to boot), which somehow made it even funnier.
Kuzco: Ugh! Kaither Kuthco!?
In the Italian Dub there are quite a few, like when Pacha and Kuzco have to get up back to back; Pacha asks Kuzco 'Are you ready?' and Kuzco answers 'Yes' in the original dub, but as in italian 'Are you ready?' was translated with 'Ci sei?' ('Are you there?') which has both meanings in the language, Kuzco gives a funny sarcastic quip, saying 'No, I'm at a bar'.
Anti-Climax Boss: Not that any of the bosses are very difficult, but the final boss is just a simple chase against Yzma in her cat form. Hold right and space, jump over the holes, enter the door, repeat twice, get the potion, and victory is yours. If you lose, you'll be allowed to try again.