A comic free-for-all that echoes Disney cartoons like LILO & STICH (2002) and HERCULES (1997)), this vaudeville-style sequel to THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE (2000) emphasizes verbal cleverness over flashy animation.
When we last saw hulking imperial lackey Kronk (voice of Patrick Warburton), he was heroically serving the self-centered teen emperor Kuzco (David Spade). But now he's embraced his own dreams of becoming a chef and opened a popular jungle eatery. In his spare time, humanitarian-at-heart Kronk delivers meals to the senior citizens’ home. Then a bombshell shatters his equilibrium: Kronk's disparaging dad (John Mahoney) is coming to visit and expects to see the wife,
kids, luxury digs and manly career Kronk has been fibbing about in his letters. Kronk is so distracted with worry that he allows himself to be suckered by the purring insinuations of cat-lady Yzma (Eartha Kitt), who intends to run for Empress and inveigles Kronk into peddling her youth formula. Because they trust Kronk, the old folks fork over precious cash to buy a health elixir Yzma
has concocted out of worthless slime. Convinces by the placebo effect that they’ve been miraculously energized, the oldsters are willing to pay any price for more of the feel-good formula and eventually go so far as to forfeit their convalescent home to Kronk. While casting about for a ready-made family to inhabit his new house, Kronk is reminded that he blew his romantic chances with rival scout commander Ms. Birdwell (Tracey Ullman), and his father arrives before he has time to orchestrate a convincing deception. Will Kronk's dad ever accept him for the loveable, non-traditional lug he is?
Screenwriter Tom Rogers never met a sight gag or pun he didn’t like, but it's the voice performers who really make the material which sags only during the flashback to Kronk’s summer romance -- sing.
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- Released: 2005
- Rating: G
- Review: A comic free-for-all that echoes Disney cartoons like LILO & STICH (2002) and HERCULES (1997)), this vaudeville-style sequel to THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE (2000) emphasizes verbal cleverness over flashy animation. When we last saw hulking imperial lackey… (more)