The Emperor's New Groove is a very different movie from what Disney typically produced up to the point of its release. The main character, Kuzco, is someone who works incredibly hard to make the audience absolutely despise him, and it's only through his hero's journey that he is finally redeemed in both the eyes of the audience and the other characters in the film. Making an animated Disney film is no easy task - especially during the age of traditional cel animation.
What most fans don't know is that there was so much behind-the-scenes drama going on, the movie almost never made it to fruition. This list highlights some of the more interesting aspects of the production of Disney's 40th animated classic, and after you read it, there's a good chance you'll want to watch it again... and appreciate what everyone went through to bring the project to life!
The Film Was Originally Going To Be An Epic Musical Titled 'Kingdom of the Sun'
'Kingdom of the Sun's' First Screening Was A Disaster
Production Issues Were So Bad, There’s A Documentary About It
All Of The Production Issues Ultimately Gave The Team Only Two Years To Complete The Movie
Nearly Every Song Was Cut From The Film After Production Changes
The Final Script Wasn’t Submitted To Disney Until Two Weeks After The Movie Was In Theaters