Wow, we’re at #40 already! Only a dozen more films to go before my project is finished!
Well, if you won’t cry, I will!
Today, we are looking at Disney 40th animated feature, “The Emperor’s New Groove”. Released in 2000, the film was originally called “Kingdom of the Sun” and was planned to be a musical a la “The Lion King” with the British singer, Sting working on the songs.
Long story short, this plan collapsed upon itself!
What the final product gives us is the story of a spoiled bratty jerky teenage Incan emperor named Kuzco
who is the subject of an assassination attempt by his ex-advisor, Yzma.
Due to a mix-up by Yzma’s right-hand man, Kronk, Kuzco transforms into a llama instead of dying,
and accidentally gets transported to the home of Pacha, a peasant who was told to vacate his premises by Kuzco a few hours/days earlier. When Pacha discovers that Kuzco is a llama, it’s up to him to get Kuzco back to the palace. But, this is much more difficult than it sounds because Kuzco’s “jerk-ness” gets in the way! And that’s pretty much the premise of the movie.
Now this was another hard one to choose a forgotten/minor character of, mainly because there are SOOO many minor characters!
You have the Theme Song Guy,
the official in charge of finding Kuzco a bride,
the royal dresser,
and my personal favorite: the Piglet-voiced old man who constantly gets thrown out of windows!
And those are only SOME of the minor characters in this film!
The other problem is that although all these characters are minor, almost none are forgotten, since their presence in the film is usually associated with some comedic scene, thereby making them memorable.
So after a LONG time of thinking, I finally decided to go with the checkers players as my forgotten/minor characters of this film!
When Pacha and Kuzco discover that Yzma is trying to find them, they head to Pacha’s house to re-supply so that they can leave immediately again for Kuzco’s palace. The problem is that Yzma and Kronk are already at Pacha’s house awaiting their arrival. How do our heroes know that the villains are at Pacha’s house?
Well, some elderly checkers-playing neighbors tell them so!
Besides this, these old men don’t do anything else worthy of mentioning…and they’re really not that important when you come to think of it!
So why do I pick them? Well, like I said, everyone else is too darn memorable!
I…don’t really have anything else to say about them!
Oh well, give it up for the checkers players!