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Parents' Guide to

The Emperor's New Groove

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Fun, goofy cartoon misrepresents Incan culture.

Movie G 2000 78 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 5+

Great Movie

I would not be hesitant to watch this movie. It is great and I've watched it with my 4 year old. He loves it and thinks it hilarious. The are like 3 spots with some language like "I'll kill you" but other wise totally kid appropriate! Great movie, would recommend!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
3 people found this helpful.
age 7+

Don't Waste your Time.

As far as Disney movies go, this one was a waste of time. The animation is lousy (think of 90s style "Animaniacs") and story is dull and the "funny" parts aren't that funny. My 8 year old laughed once. My 11 and 13 year olds were almost bored to tears. There's nothing objectionable about the content. It's basically a 2nd rate tale about how the emperor is a self centered egotist that learns a bit of humility. The only redeeming feature of the film is the voice of John Goodman. Otherwise, take your 1 hour and 22 minutes elsewhere.
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (43 ):

Fast, fun, and funny, this film deserves to be taken out of the rarified category of "animation" and called what it is: a cartoon. The Emperor's New Groove has more in common with classic Warner Brothers toons like Bugs Bunny and Road Runner than with Disney animation classics. That said, it's important to note that while the film offers a story inspired by Inca culture, it's not a faithful historical representation. There are anachronisms, such as a restaurant on the road and a fantastic vision of the emperor's palace.

Unlike other animated adventures, this story has no perky heroine singing about her dreams, no adorable animal sidekicks, no soulful romantic duet. In fact, there's no love interest at all. It's pure nonstop action and comedy, with a kind of freewheeling, even improvisational tone that's refreshing to watch. The movie even spoofs itself, along with other movies from The Fly to The Wizard of Oz.

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