A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Kronk's New Groove is the 2005 straight-to-video sequel to The Emperor's New Groove. Those expecting child-friendly animated fare may be surprised by scenes in which jokes are mined out of sexual innuendo. For instance, in one scene two characters misinterpret the word "proposition" to mean "offering money to a prostitute for sex." A character accidentally puts the wrong film onto a movie screen, and the title "Stag Reel" appears with a large picture of a stag; the character acts embarrassed as if the film is the slang term itself. Before a romantic montage involving baking bread, the male character says to the female character, "things are about to get ... hot." Older people are tricked out of their money and lodging and are portrayed stereotypically as befuddled, toothless, hard of hearing, and prone to scratching their behinds. Kids are told to do what it takes to win. Kronk recounts a frightening experience that happened when he was a child. Within the context of a fairly tepid story are magic, deception, and threats.
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What's the story?
A sequel to the popular Disney movie The Emperor's New Groove, KRONK'S NEW GROOVE is the story of a former henchman turned head-chef. All is well until he gets word that his father is coming for a visit. He has never received a thumbs-up from his dad, so Kronk (voiced by Patrick Warburton) resorts to his old ways to present himself as a "success." In the end, Kronk's friends help him realize that he has success: He has many friends, a career that he enjoys, and a peaceful, honest life.
Is it any good?
The story itself is disjointed with unnecessary attempts at humor that are clearly geared for parents. For example, when Kronk pulls down a screen to view a tape, he forgets to take out his "stag reel" with images of a buck. Still, there's a good lesson about being true to your own groove, but it just takes a little too long to get there. Many parents will recognize the hilarious Patrick Warburton as the voice of Kronk.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the pressure Kronk felt to live up to his father's standards. Why doesn't he see himself as a success? How is success measured: by wealth or happiness?
Did the humor seem appropriate for a movie aimed at young kids? Why or why not?
How was violence shown in this movie? Did it seem necessary to the story or put in to make the movie more entertaining?
- In theaters: December 13, 2005
- On DVD or streaming: December 13, 2005
- Cast: Eartha Kitt, John Goodman, Patrick Warburton
- Director: Saul Andrew Blinkoff
- Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Friendship
- Run time: 75 minutes
- MPAA rating: G
- MPAA explanation: for all audiences
- Last updated: September 21, 2019
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