Film: The Emperor’s New Groove

Opened: December 15, 2000

Directed by: Mark Dindal

Starring: David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton, Wendie Malick, Kellyann Kelso, Eli Russell Linnetz, Bob Bergen & Tom Jones

This may be a bold statement, but The Emperor’s New Groove is Disney’s most underrated animated film and its best animated comedy.

After firing her, Emperor Kuzco (David Spade) is transformed into a llama by his ex-advisor Yzma (Eartha Kitt). Intending to kill him, Yzma and Kronk (Patrick Warburton) set out on a journey to finish the job, while disgruntled village leader Pacha (John Goodman) helps get Kuzco back to the palace.

The best part about this film is it’s use of breaking the fourth wall and disputing of common animation tropes. You’ll see this from the start, and it continues throughout the film. The biggest laughs from the audience comes when the film is at its most self-aware.

While the whole voice cast is fantastic, Kitt and Warburton shine as the evil duo.

Final say: This deserves more credit. ★★★★★

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