The Emperor's New Groove (franchise)

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The Emperor's New Groove
Created byWalt Disney Feature Animation
Mark Dindal
Roger Allers
Randy Fullmer
David Reynolds
Chris Williams
Original work"The Emperor's New Clothes" (1837)
by Hans Christian Andersen (loosely based on)
Print publications
Book(s)The Emperor's New Groove (Golden Books edition)
The Emperor's New Groove (Disney’s Wonderful World of Reading edition)
The Emperor's New Groove Joke Book
The Emperor's New Groove: The Return to the Palace
The Emperor's New Groove: A Read-Along Storybook
The Emperor's New Groove (Ladybird Books edition)
The Emperor's New Groove: Double Trouble
Novel(s)The Emperor's New Groove: The Junior Novel
Films and television
Animated seriesThe Emperor's New School (2006–2008)
Direct-to-videoKronk's New Groove (2005)
Video game(s)
Soundtrack(s)The Emperor's New Groove (2000)

The Emperor's New Groove is a Disney media franchise that commenced in 2000 with the theatrical release of the film of the same name.


Documentary films[edit]

The Sweatbox is a documentary designed to show behind the scenes footage of Kingdom of the Sun. In reality, it illustrated the slow and painful transformation from Kingdom of the Sun to The Emperor's New Groove, including the director, Sting (whose wife created the documentary), artists, and voice cast being dismayed by the new direction. Its major theme is creative-executive conflicts.

Unproduced film[edit]

  • Kingdom of the Sun was the original draft of the film that went through massive changes and eventually became The Emperor's New Groove. It is considered a different film despite being vaguely cosmetically reminiscent of the finished one. It was described as being an epic film on par with The Lion King as opposed to the buddy comedy it was morphed into.

TV series[edit]

Video games[edit]


  • The Emperor's New Groove is the soundtrack to the film, which included many songs that were originally written for Kingdom of the Sun and then discarded.
  • Snuff out the Light was the deleted villain song from Kingdom of the Sun, to be sung by Yzma (played by Eartha Kitt). It demonstrated that she thought light made people age, so if she could force the world into total darkness she could be beautiful and young forever.

Common elements[edit]

Cast and characters[edit]

Characters Films Television series
The Emperor's New Groove Kronk's New Groove The Emperor's New School
2000 2005 2006-2008
Emperor Kuzco David Spade J. P. Manoux
Pacha John Goodman Fred Tatasciore
(season 1)
John Goodman
(season 2)
Yzma Eartha Kitt Eartha Kitt Eartha Kitt
Grey Delisle
Mark Dindal
(cat form)
Cree Summer
(2009-2011 re-recordings)
Kronk Pepikrankenitz Patrick Warburton
Chicha Wendie Malick
Chaca Kellyann Kelso Jessie Flower
Tipo Eli Russell Linnetz Shane Baumel
Bucky Bob Bergen
Rudy John Fiedler Travis Oates
Miss Birdwell Tracy Ullman
Papi John Mahoney Jeff Bennett
Malina Jessica DiCicco


Films Director(s) Producer Writer Story Composer
The Emperor's New Groove Mark Dindal Randy Fullmer David Reynolds Mark Dindal & Chris Williams John Debney
Kronk's New Groove Elliot M. Bour & Saul Andrew Blinkoff John A. Smith Tom Rogers Anthony Leondis & Michael LaBash & Tom Rogers Mark Watters


Critical reaction[edit]

Title Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
The Emperor's New Groove 85%[1] 70%[2]
Kronk's New Groove 0%[3]  


  1. ^ "The Emperor's New Groove".
  2. ^ "The Emperor's New Groove".
  3. ^ "Kronk's New Groove".