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The Emperor's New School



Lackluster cartoon based on the animated movie.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Main character is disrepectful to people of authority. He lies and cheats to get his way.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

A female classmate is called a "hottie hot hottie."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this show is intended for entertainment purposes only -- despite the potentially interesting and educational setting (an Incan empire), there's no learning about history or the culture of these people. The main character, Kuzco, is a self-absorbed teen. He lies and cheats in order to secure his high school diploma. He's also disrespectful to adults.

What's the story?

THE EMPEROR'S NEW SCHOOL is a feeble attempt to ride on the coattails of the popular animated film The Emperor's New Groove. This cartoon focuses on Kuzco, a pompous would-be emperor teen who has been forced out of the palace and lives with his peasant buddy Pacha and family. He cannot become emperor without earning his high school diploma, so he does what he does best, which is lie and cheat his way out of every obstacle between him and the diploma. Narrated by Kuzco, The Emperor's New School follows his silly escapades around school and the Incan community.

Is it any good?


Though the cartoon is targeted at young elementary-aged kids, even these viewers are savvy enough to ask, "Why would anyone want to help him?" The show is free of violence but its lackluster animation and annoying characters are not worth even a half hour of down-time.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Kuzco faces challenges with friends and administrators at school and what changes he could make to be more likable. Could his terrible attitude and actions be a way to cover up his normal adolescent feelings of insecurity? Would kids want to be friends with someone like Kuzco given how he treats others?

TV details

Premiere date:January 27, 2006
Cast:J.P. Manoux, Jessica Di Cicco, Patrick Warburton
Network:Disney Channel
Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written byspidervscorp October 19, 2009


I work with troubled youth ages 4 - 9 and they really enjoy this show because they are able to learn good messages from it. I like this show because the kids i work with can be very disrespectful and all about me me me at times and this show teaches them to be respectful and that not everything is about me me me. The kids will point out how rude kuzco is and that they would never treat people that way and i use it as a great discussion starter about there own manors and how they should treat people.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old August 22, 2009
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byreviewgirl13 May 18, 2009

Ugh. Just horrible.

This show is something that even younger kids won't enjoy. In the Emperor's New School, Kuzko, from the original movie The Emperor's New Groove, is a bit more different from the film. He's so self-conceited, rude, selfish, and ugh!!!! So annoying! I mean, let's be real here! Do you want your child to turn out like Kuzco who thinks only about himself? The answer is probably no. This show doesn't teach any lessons and I don't recommend it to anyone; especially younger children who are SUPPOSED to be learning RIGHT FROM WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just horrible, don't waste your time.


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