The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

The Emperor's New Groove DVD

Walt Disney Pictures
Starring:
 David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt
Directed by: Mark Dindal

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: Emperor Kuzco (David Spade) is a self-involved young ruler who raises the ire of his sorceress administrator, Yzma (Eartha Kitt) when he fires her.  Seeking revenge (and the throne), Yzma turns Kuzco into a llama.  Stripped of his creature comforts, Kuzco must now learn to rely on the peasant Pacha (John Goodman) to help restore him to his rightful place as Emperor.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): At the end of the film when Kuzco and Pacha are in the final battle with Yzma, they are struggling over countless vials of potion which change Kuzco into a variety of animals.  At last there are only two vials left and one explodes, changing Yzma into what seems, at first, to be a ferocious bloodthirsty animal.  As it turns out she has changed into a kitten.

Emperor's New Groove - Yzma as kitten

But this kitten has claws, and she wants the last vial as much as Kuzco, leading to the final epic moments of the struggle.  A hilarious film with a great payoff, made even more funny by the fact that Eartha Kitt is voicing Yzma (she was also known for playing Cat Woman on the Batman television series.)

Emperor's New Groove - Yzma kitten evil face

Final Mewsings: Don’t underestimate the danger of an angry kitten!


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