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Emperor's New Groove

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If you haven't seen this in your local Blockbuster or Video Update you should be seeing it now. That's right, The Emperor's New Groove is out on VHS and DVD (There is even a collector's edition on DVD) for your viewing pleasure. If you haven't seen this movie, now is the time to go rent it (or, if you've got kids, buy it). I haven't laughed at a movie so hard in a very long time, and it's geared for audiences both young and old, so you won't get tired of it when your children decide to watch it every time the TV is on.

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Well, I was going to point to Jim Hill's excellent story on how they took the original concept for ENG that just was not working and turned it from the dramatic story it was originally to be into the excellent road movie comedy that it turned into. Some of the odd chnages in narrative came about as a result of that chnage in direction. I'll see if I can find the article anywhere since it appears that Jim Hill and Mouseplanet have parted company in mid April. Durn shame, his columns were always awesome but some of his stuff can be found over on http://www.laughingplace.com/

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I was surprised by ENG, but definately pleased. This has to be one of the more entertaining movies they've turned out since 'Aladdin'. I had a suspicion they originally planned to make it a drama, like 'Mulan' or 'The Road to Eldorado', but somewhere along the lines... something went right. A most excellent review of ENG that explains what it was going to be and what it turned out to be can be found here at Brunching Shuttlecocks. My favorite excerpt has to be:

Somewhere along the way, the director said "Nope. I don't want to make another dull 'meaningful' dramatic musical. Screw it. We're downing a bottle a Jim Beam and re-writing this baby." And Kingdom of the Sun became The Emperor's New Groove.

Let's hear it for another powerful use of intoxicants!

-Feren
"We use them for divine retribution."

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Feren (Jason Olsen)read storiescontact (login required)

    a network engineer and Black panther from Chicago, Illinois, interested in furry literature, art, and camaros

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