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The Emperor's New Groove
Directed byMark Dindal
Produced byRandy Fullmer
Don Hahn
Screenplay byDavid Reynolds
Story byMark Dindal
Chris Williams
StarringDavid Spade
John Goodman
Eartha Kitt
Patrick Warburton
Wendie Malick
John Fiedler
Music byJohn Debney
Release date
December 15, 2000 (2000-12-15)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$100 million[1]
Box office$169,327,687[1]

The Emperor's New Groove is a 2000 American animated family movie. It was produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures through Buena Vista Distribution on December 15, 2000. The title refers to the fairy tale The Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen. The movie is not very much like the fairy tale.

The movie received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song for "My Funny Friend and Me" performed by Sting. It lost against "Things Have Changed" by Bob Dylan from Wonder Boys.

A direct-to-video sequel, Kronk's New Groove, was released in December 2005. There was also an animated television series, The Emperor's New School, in January 2006.


  • David Spade as Emperor Kuzco, the selfish, 18-year-old emperor of the Inca Empire.
  • John Goodman as Pacha, a heavy peasant who is a foil for Kuzco.
  • Eartha Kitt as Yzma, Kuzco's advisor who wants to get rid of Kuzco so that she can take over.
  • Patrick Warburton as Kronk Pepikrankenitz, Yzma's dim-witted right-hand man.
  • Wendie Malick as Chicha, Pacha's frustrated wife. Throughout the movie, she is pregnant with a child. Her baby is born at the movie's end.
  • Kellyann Kelso and Eli Russell Linnetz as Chaca and Tipo, Pacha's kids.
  • Bob Bergen as Bucky the Squirrel, Kronk's companion who dislikes Yzma.
  • Tom Jones as the Theme Song Guy, Kuzco's personal theme song conductor.
  • Patti Deutsch as a waitress
  • John Fiedler as an old man thrown out of Kuzco's castle. He is later named Rudy in the sequel.
  • Joe Whyte as an official in charge of finding Kuzco a bride.

Annie Awards

Annie Awards are an award each year for animated movies.

Result Award Winner/Nominee Recipient(s)
Nominated Animated Theatrical Feature
Nominated Individual Achievement in Directing Mark Dindal (Director)
Nominated Individual Achievement in Writing Mark Dindal (Story)
Chris Williams (Story)
David Reynolds (Screenplay)
Nominated Individual Achievement in Storyboarding Stephen J. Anderson (Story Supervisor)
Nominated Individual Achievement in Storyboarding Don Hall (Story Artist)
Nominated Individual Achievement in Production Design Colin Stimpson (Art Director)
Won Individual Achievement in Character Animation Dale Baer (Supervising Animator—Yzma)
Won Individual Achievement in Voice Acting - Female Eartha Kitt ("Yzma")
Nominated Individual Achievement in Voice Acting - Male Patrick Warburton ("Kronk")
Won Individual Achievement in Music Sting (Music/Lyrics)
David Hartley (Music)