The Emperor's New School

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The Emperor's New School
The Emperor's New School.jpg
Created byMark Dindal
Written by
  • Kevin D. Campbell
  • Ed Scharlach
  • Mark Dindal (story)
Directed by
  • David Knott
  • Howy Parkins
Voices of
Theme music composerDanny Jacob and Janis Liebhart
Opening theme"Kuzco's Academy" by Danny Jacob and Janis Liebhart
Composer(s)Mike Tavera
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes52 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Bobs Gannaway
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network
Picture format1080i (16:9) (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseJanuary 27, 2006 (2006-01-27) – November 20, 2008 (2008-11-20)

The Emperor's New School is an American animated television series created by Mark Dindal for Disney Channel that aired from January 27, 2006 to November 20, 2008. Based on the 2000 film The Emperor's New Groove, the series follows the adventures of a temporarily-dethroned Kuzco as he completes his education in order to return to the throne while Yzma, as the school's principal who will stop at nothing to prevent Kuzco from passing all of his classes. It is also the final television performance of Eartha Kitt, who died of colon cancer on December 25, 2008.


The series takes place after The Emperor's New Groove, and several episodes mention the events of the movie. It was revealed in some episodes that the characters are Incas even though the characters use modern-day materials like a motorcycle, an arcade unit, ATMs, etc. as side jokes.

Yzma's plans to prevent Kuzco from graduating backfire always, resulting in her helping him instead. By the end of the series, Kuzco has developed as a person, wanting Pacha and his family to move into the palace with him and promotes Kronk as his adviser.

Cast and characters[edit]

Initially, three original cast members returned to voice their characters for the TV series: Eartha Kitt as Yzma, Patrick Warburton as Kronk, and Wendie Malick as Chicha. Although Fred Tatasciore voiced Pacha in season 1, John Goodman returned to the role in season 2.

J. P. Manoux voices Kuzco, a role that he had already performed on The Emperor's New Groove video game, double voices with David Spade.

Guest stars[edit]


The series ran for two seasons and 52 episodes, and ends with a finale episode that wraps up the plot.

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
121January 27, 2006November 11, 2006
231June 23, 2007November 20, 2008

Awards and nominations[edit]

Eartha Kitt won the 2007 and 2008 Annie Awards for "Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production" for her performance as Yzma in the episodes "Kuzclone" (2007) and "The Emperor's New Musical" (2008). Eartha Kitt also won the 2007 and 2008 Daytime Emmy Award for her voice performance as Yzma. Jessica DiCicco was also nominated for her voice performance as Malina.[1]


The Emperor's New School aired occasionally on Disney XD from February 13, 2009, to October 29, 2012, and has been aired on ABC as part of its ABC Kids lineup from January 28, 2006, to August 27, 2011.


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