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The Emperor's New Groove Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    When the Looney Tunes trademark came on the screen at the kiddie matinee of long ago, the kiddies would cheer in unison because they knew they were going to have unmitigated fun. The Emperor's New Groove evokes the same kind of spirit.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    The goofiest, giddiest and, yes, grooviest animated trip since Aladdin unbottled its genie.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

More fun, goofy cartoon antics than Disney polish.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like most Disney movies, this one has some scary moments, including a nighttime jungle scene reminiscent of the woods at night in Snow White. Most of the peril is comic, but it still might be too much for kids under 5. And it's worth noting that the sarcastic tone that makes the main character so hilarious could be contagious for young fans. Keep an ear out for remarks like "Me no likey" and "Yeah thanks, you've been a big help." In the end, though, the movie is about a selfish person who sees the error of his ways and reforms, which is a positive take-away.

  • Families can talk about the main character's transformation, both physical and mental. How do you think Kuzco's animal transformation helps him become a better person?
  • Why do you think a character like Kuzco thinks all people are selfish, while a character like Pacha finds good in everyone? How do these very different characters learn to trust each other?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true0

    Educational value: The movie is intended to entertain rather than educate.

  • message true3

    Messages: This is a story about a spoiled, selfish character who undergoes a major transformation and becomes a good guy -- which sends a positive message about being able to change for the better.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Kuzco starts out extremely spoiled -- so much so that he's fed, dressed, and catered to by everyone around him. But he evntually sees the error of his ways. Female characters are represented both positively and negatively. The way the men regard Yzma's wrinkles and her body (she's called "scary beyond all reason") reinforces some stereotypes, but Pacha's pregnant wife is very able to take care of herself. And Pacha himself believes that all people have some shred of goodness inside of them, so he doesn't give up on Kuzco, even when Kuzco treats him shabbily.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: Though most of the violence is comic, slapstick violence, Yzma does try to kill Kuzco more than once, and she's not shy about saying: "I will KILL you!" Perilous falls and dark jungle scenes might be frightening for younger viewers.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Kuzco is told to pick a wife from a line of beautiful ladies, all of whom he insults. Yzma exposes her leg -- to the horror of male onlookers, who are constantly bashing her crone-like appearance.

  • language false1

    Language: Bullying language like "shut up," "I hate you," "I'm going to kill you."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue