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The Emperor's New Groove

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14 years on, the groove still hasn't dated

Sting’s involvement troubled toon spawned a spin-off doc, The Sweatbox, thought so incendiary by Disney’s top brass it’s been under lock and key ever since.

Perhaps this reissue will earn Trudie Styler’s film a formal reprieve, and reveal how Incan musical Kingdom Of The Sun ever evolved into a goofy romp about a brash young potentate (voiced by David Spade) who gets transformed into a llama.

Full of Aladdin-like irreverence and Tex Avery-style visual comedy, the result is a spirited affair with a standout villainess in Eartha Kitt’s Yzma. For now, though, it only tells half the story.

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