20 Facts About ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’ The Latino Movie That Came Before ‘Coco’
Long before Disney came out with “Coco” there was a chart topping animated film about an Incan emperor who became a Llama. Of course, the movie was primarily made of a white cast and creators but, most kids of the early 2000s will remember the Disney hit movie. The film Kuzco a snobby and spoiled Llama who learns about himself when he is turned into an animal has tons of facts and trivia of note!
Check out facts you missed from the movie!
1. Kuzco’s name has ancient roots.
The movies main character was named after the ancient capital of the Incas, Cuzco.
2. Kuzco is the second Disney protagonist to be of indigenous descent.
Kuzco is from the Incan empire. Pocahontas is Disney’s first Indigenous princess and and the third is Kenai from “Brother Bear.”
3. . It’s the first time a Disney animated film featured a pregnant woman.
Pacha’s wife, Chicha, is pregnant for most of the movie. Chicha is portrayed as a wise and loving mother whose capable of solving most problems that come her way.
4. Patrick Warburton improvised Kronk’s hummed theme song.
While Kronk is carrying Kuzco on the way to the waterfall, he hums a little song. Disney’s legal department made Warburton sign all rights to the humming composition over to them.
5. Inside jokes were rampant in the movie.
In the scene where Pacha carries Kuzco through the jungle, Pacha and Kuzco argue about Kuzco’s low blood sugar. It’s a joke rooted in David Spade’s hypoglycemia.
6. Pacha has a name of meaning.
In the Incan language, Pacha’s name means “earth.” Fitting considering how kind and down to earth he is.
7. David Mamet thinks the film is one of Disney’s most innovate.
Famed playwright David Mamet who wrote The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) and The Verdict (1982) once said he considers the script for this film to be one of Hollywood’s most brilliantly innovative.
8. There’s a “Wizard of Oz” reference you missed!
In the scene where Kuzco and Pacha search for potions, Pacha says, “Lions, tigers, bears…” when they find a potion for humans and find that it is missing Yzma says “oh my.”
9. The movie is filled with subtle visual jokes.
When Yzma pours poison into the cactus plant, after Kuzco’s neck transforms, the cactus transforms into the shape of a llama. Later, when Kronk tries to hide i Kuzco in the bag, the camera pulls back and shows a painting of two figures pointing at Kronk.
Later, when bridge falsl into the river, the word DAMN can be seen falling among the individual slats of wood.
10. Yzma usually wears purple.
The color which is typically associated with madness and royalty. It represents what Yzma is and what she wants to be.
11. In the scene where Kronk lights a pair of candles the holder is made of a figure.
The figure is meant to symbolize one of the original characters for early versions of the film. The character was meant to be an assistant to Kuzco that was eventually axed from the script.
12. The dinner utensils are shaped like animals.
In the scene where Kuzco and Pacha go to eat at the diner, the saltshakers on the table are shaped like llamas.
13. David Spade was a bit old for his characters age.
Spade who was in his mid-thirties at the time of filming, was giving his voice to Kuzco who was seventeen-years old.
14. The big secret of the film wasn’t a secret.
The location of Yzma’s lab was supposed to be a secret but nearly ever major character in the film knows where it is.
15. Kronks spinach puffs are actually empanadas.
Most Latinos will recognize the delicious treats as empanadas. But to ensure the word was understood, Disney went with the word “puff” because it is the closest word in the English language to describe an empanada.
16. Yzma was a rarity for women.
She’s one of the few female Disney Villains to be physically fought in a Disney movie.
17. John Fielder played the voice of the Old Man who gets kicked out of the temple.
Fielder was a voice actor who worked on Winnie the Pooh and The Fox and the Hound. It was his only film where he voiced a human character.
18. Apparently they really wanted a white man as the lead.
Owen Wilson was originally going to voice Pacha.
19. There’s funny coincidence with a children’s book about an Incan boy in Peru.
The 1952 Children’s novel “Secret of the Andes” about an Incan boy in Peru, features a llama named Misty, the same name as Pacha’s llama.
20. Kuzco has more than one disorder.
Along with having hypoglycemia, Kuzco also expresses his dislike for being touched by others, indicating that he has haphephobia (a fear of being touched).
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