Parents' Guide to

The Emperor's New School

By Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Lackluster cartoon based on the animated movie.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 14+

Revisiting This Show, How Did This Even Air?

I decided to watch the show after years of not seeing it on Disney+, and I discovered this show was RIDDLED with messages of ignoring consent and Kuzco being an overall jerk and creep. He constantly sexualized Malina when she told him to stop, pressured her into getting dates with him on several occasions, had a turkey with a romance potion for 'just in case' (There was a LOT of date rape drug connotations there!) and got extremely possessive over her when she was seeing other boys that weren't him and had the idea of turning her house into a parody of a Pottery Barn to get him to MARRY HER. He was an overall jerk to most of the people in school, being low-key kinda racist and ableist. Would have been better if he slowly learned the importance of consent and being kind and ACTUALLY KEPT TO HIS MORALS INSTEAD OF UNDOING HIS PROCESS THE NEXT EPISODE, the show would have been better. Kronk and Yzma carried this show, and given how they had less screentime, that says something.

This title has:

Too much sex
age 4+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (10):

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.

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