The Emperor’s New Groove is one of my absolute favorite Disney films from childhood. It’s full of comedy, adventure and bold pops of artistic color and animation set in an Inca Empire.
As all the Disney “greats” do — this film teaches a strong lesson about doing the right thing and building lasting friendships. Even between the most unlikely pair — Pacha and Emperor Kuzco — voiced by John Goodman and David Spade.
The Emperor’s New Groove: An Under-Appreciated Disney Movie
Despite it being nominated for an Academy Award — this Walt Disney Pictures film is repeatedly forgotten about, especially when it comes to attractions and merchandise in the Disney parks. It also seems to be incredibly underrated in pop culture, though it contains all of the nostalgic and lovable elements of any other classic Disney film.
For those of you who like me, feel that this movie deserves more recognition — we’ve got you covered. D23 recently released a fun short video listing out 5 unique trivia facts about the film that are little known to even the most loyal Disney fan. Once you hear these, you’ll definitely be rushing to switch on Disney+ and watch The Emperor’s New Groove again!
D23 Shares The Emperors New Groove Fun Facts
- Throughout the film if you look closely, you can see multiple hidden llamas! One of the ones that D23 specifically pointed out was in the scene where Kronk had poisoned all of the drinks. Yzma dumps her drink into the plant — and when the frame changes, the regular plant is now shaped like a llama!
- Sting wrote the films intro song “Perfect World” which was performed by famous singer Tom Jones.
- Patrick Warburton — the voice actor of Kronk — made up his own atonal theme song in the scene where Kronk is leaving the city to get rid of Kuzco. This song is not on the films official soundtrack, along with Yzma’s song — Snuff out the Light.
- Eartha Kitt — who voiced Yzma — also played cat woman in the original Batman television show. This is part of the reason why her character was turned into a cat when they were animating the film.
- Eartha Kitt has also voiced characters in other popular Disney films. Another recent feline friend, she voiced Bagheera in Disney’s live action rendition of The Jungle Book.
Which one of these Emperor’s New Groove fun facts is your favorite?