The Emperor's New Groove: The Ultimate Groove (Two-Disc Collectors Edition)
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Producer Randy Fullmer and director Mark Dindal literally run through each department at Disney Animation Studios to show us how their feature was created. While this is a more energized approach (and in tune with the film's spirit), the effort is never as intrinsically funny as the Pixar (Toy Story) gang's behind-the-scenes DVDs. This "Ultimate Edition" is laid out as in previous deluxe Disney DVDs to examine the development and art of the film, including three deleted sequences. With one vital new feature, you can select a tour "Groove" that takes you through 25 minutes of highlights of the filmmaking process instead of clicking through the DVD menus. Unfortunately, the disc does not dig into the origins of the film, originally developed as a musical epic called Kingdom of the Sun. There are only a dozen nondescriptive art drawings that entice us. Instead of illustrating how a massive change in tone was successfully made, Disney just looks the other way. Fans of the final movie should enjoy this two-disc set (especially the conversational tone of the commentary), but this is hardly an "ultimate edition." --Doug Thomas
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The Emperor's New Groove is just one of the titles that were treated to a beautiful "Ultimate Collectors Edition 2 Disc DVD Set"
This film goes into depth about its making and even tales what the film was initially going to be which if you didn't know it was going to be a Prince and the Pauper type story.
However this title is one of the few Disney Titles outside of the prestigious Platinum / Diamond / Signature Collections that truly could be re-released and still stand tall with movies such as Snow White, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King...
Other titles released with such vigor were , Atlantis the lost empire, Dinosaur, and Tarzan.... these are the only offset canon features who were ever treated to an edition which was equal or even greater to one of the prestigious lines we have seen over the year.
If you are looking for a copy of the emperors new groove this ultimate groove edition is just what you need, its in a beautiful gold case and houses 2 dvds loaded with features you will not find on any other dvd or blu ray. this set is a one of a kind experience that you will want to give a chance too.
The story revolves around the selfish Emperor Kuzco (voiced in a wonderfully amusing whiny manner by David Spade), a happy-go-lucky, carefree chap unphased by anything until he is turned into a llama by the adviser he fired (Yzma, voiced by Eartha Kitt). Once he realises the situation he has to enlist the help of Pacha (John Goodman) to get him back to his palace and make things right. Unfortunately, Pacha is one person who is in no hurry to see the emperor return thanks to Kuzco's selfish plans for Pacha's village that will lead to major upset and upheaval.
Sounding a bit off the wall? You have no idea. This movie does it all. There are a succession of great verbal and visual gags, a number of lesser characters given moments to shine (including Pacha's family, a chatty squirrel and, of course, Yzma's assistant Kronk who is voiced by the excellent Patrick Warburton) and a constant sense of barely restrained anarchy. The fourth wall is broken, voiceovers are interrupted and even camera moves are criticised when things stray too far from the focus of the proceedings. All in all, it's fantastic fun.
Kronk's New Groove: First of all, let me just say that Kronk's New Groove is very, very funny with a good amount of laugh out loud moments. Surely that is all that matters then, eh? Well, no. Compared to the first film, the story is pretty tepid.
All of the previous characters return. Of course there is Kronk himself, along with Kuzco, Pacha and his family, the babbling squirrel and Yzma (who has now turned mostly back into a 'human' but still features a cat's tail and feline abilities. The movie tries to incorporate all of them into the story but nothing really sticks. It all just seems like an excuse for mayhem.
As before, it is told in flashback with Kronk explaining how he ended up in such sorry circumstances. His dad is coming to visit him and he's afraid of the inevitable disapproval he'll get as all he's managed to do with his life is be a Junior Chipmunk Troup Leader and run a restaurant kitchen. His dad thinks that cooking and talking to animals isn't a 'real job' and won't give Kronk the big thumbs up until he's got his own house on a hill with loads of money.
From this thin idea comes loads of deception, scheming and hijinks. And that's basically the movie. It IS packed full of hilarious moments and wonderful Looney Tunes-inspired humor like the first, but it just lacks that overall high-quality. Still, it's loads of fun and any fan of The Emperor's New Groove must give it a chance.
Energetic animation is topped off by pitch perfect voice work from the cast, with Patrick Warburton stealing the show as Kronk (no wonder the guy got his own spin-off film.) And the great thing about the humor is that it's not juvenile and grating for adults, yet it's high energy enough for kids to enjoy even if some of the jokes are too meta for the really little ones.
To repeat the warning: "beware the groove!" Groo-oo-ooove... Never have I laughed so hard during an animated Disney flick. As I've now introduced this movie to so very man people, I had the opportunity of being there for my blood-sister to turn to me and ask, "I don't like this guy. Am I suppose to like this character?"
"No, no you're not. Not at all!"
For fun and adventure, my brother Tristan developed the "Emperor's New Groove Drinking Game." Every time you hear the words "Kuzco" or "llama," everyone watching takes a shot. I had to add this, as Disney accidentally left this information out. Everything else has been included.
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