8. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
Whenever I mention that The Emperor’s New Groove is one of my favourite Disney films, I get one of two responses; “Really?” or “What’s that?” When it came out in the cinema, I went to see it five times. I fell in love with it – the movie is fast paced and hilarious with many memorable moments, my favourite is Yzma’s planning death rant:
“I'll turn him into a flea, a harmless, little flea, and then I'll put that flea in a box, and then I'll put that box inside of another box, and then I'll mail that box to myself, and when it arrives… [laughs] …I'll smash it with a hammer! It's brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, I tell you! Genius, I say! [knocks over bottle of poison on flower, which shrivels up and dies] Or, to save on postage, I'll just poison him with this!”
The film also pokes fun at itself, which I love. When Kuzko asks Yzma “how did you get here before us”, Kronk replies, “I don’t know, by all accounts it doesn’t make sense”. Yzma brushes this off saying “Oh well, back to business”. The mocking the unrealistic journey of characters in film reflects that of film in general, that it doesn’t matter if things don’t make logical sense, the film will do what it needs to to keep that action flowing. The Emperor’s New Groove has everything you could want in a Disney film, with the exception of romance, which is GREAT!