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Here Are Some Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About The Disney Movie Based In Latin America That Came Out 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Owen Wilson was originally going to voice Pacha.

19. There’s funny coincidence with a children’s book about an Incan boy in Peru.

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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.

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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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This Instagram Page Is Doing The Work To Identify And Expose The People Who Stormed The Capitol

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This Instagram Page Is Doing The Work To Identify And Expose The People Who Stormed The Capitol

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After a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6, people immediately started identifying the intruders. Videos have been circulating and people are steadily contacting the FBI to expose them. Instagram page @homegrownterrorists is one of the leading forces in identifying the rioters.

On Jan. 6, people stormed our Capitol building and the American people are demanding justice.

Images of people storming the Capitol building and looting the offices of members of Congress startled people around the world. One of the safest places in the world was overrun by far-right Trump supporters attacking the democratic process. Americans are demanding justice and working together to identify and report as many people to the FBI that were at the Capitol.

The Instagram page is unapologetically encouraging followers to identify people at the Capitol.

Five people died as a result of the riot, two of them were police officers. The Instagram page, run anonymously, is encouraging people to share the photos to their stories to increase the reach. The account might not have any legal power, but it is having some success. There has been more than one person identified through the IG page that has led to people losing jobs and being arrested by the FBI.

The account has disappeared multiple times but always comes back.

The mystery person running the account has expressed concern over their safety. The account has been suspended by Instagram after being reported by multiple people. There has even been some talk about them receiving threats of violence via DMs.

The person who runs the account has mentioned it randomly on their stories but with no real detail. According to recent stories, the person behind the account doesn’t want to antagonize the people sending threats.

The owner of the account did say that they have been contacted by Instagram about the account.

A tweet from HomeGrownTerrorists caught Instagram’s attention and the account was reinstated. However, there was a backup account to keep functioning in case the original got deleted. IG and the account owner reached an agreement where they get to keep the main account and the backup account was permanently banned. No questions asked.

If you want to help or be connected to the cause, you can follow this page on Instagram.

There are a lot of people left to identify and the nation’s law enforcement is bracing for more violence. Capitols in all 50 states are on alert for possible attacks and the National Guard is being mobilized in big numbers for the inauguration. We are not out of the woods when it comes to the threats that have been made.

READ: After Last Week’s Riots, A Black Woman Has Been Appointed to U.S. Capitol Police Chief

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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