The spirit of Chuck Jones' classic Warner Bros. cartoons lives again —
ironically at Disney, the studio whose nice 'n' sweet theatrical 'toons once
represented everything the rebellious WB animators avoided. Like the best Bugs
Bunny-Daffy Duck confrontations, this is a rapid-fire parade of smart-aleck
wit, self-reflexive playing to the audience, imaginatively sustained extended
gags and the kind of wonderfully oblivious comedy-of-manners where it's okay
to poison a man, but just don't serve him overcooked spinach puffs. In a
mythical, Inca-like land, the fun-loving yet monstrously self-centered teen
emperor Kuzco (voice of David Spade) summons village leader Pacha (John
Goodman) to the palace for a little bad news: He plans on demolishing Pacha's
village in order to build a summer palace. But when Kuzco catches his
ambitious advisor Yzma (Eartha Kitt) attempting to run things behind his back
and actually fires her, Yzma plots her revenge. With the "help" of her
easily distracted right-hand-man, Kronk (the pitch-perfect Patrick Warburton),
Yzma attempts to poison her boss, but due to a labeling error, Kuzco is instead turned into a talking llama and winds up at the home of Pacha, his
feisty wife Chicha (Wendie Malick) and their two young kids. Pacha strikes a
deal: He'll lead Kuzco back safely through the treacherous jungle if Kuzco
will break ground somewhere else. What follows is an uproarious
reluctant-buddy comedy, with plot turns that pay such homage to Warner Bros.
cartoon conventions, those giant trampolines might as well say "Acme" on them.
This wonderful addition to the Disney canon began — and almost ended
— as "Kingdom of the Sun," a Prince and the Pauper-like romantic
drama. With reportedly one-third of that version completely animated and, by
most accounts, not clicking, Disney gave the filmmakers two weeks to either
rework it or cease production entirely. The phoenix-from-the-ashes result is a
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