Week 40: The Emperor’s New Groove

Pretty Groovy

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Originally Released: 2000

Ok, as fair warning, let me just get it out of the way and say that this post isn’t going to discuss much of The Emperor’s New Groove. Rather, I suppose most of you are wondering if I died or something and why so much time has passed without any entries to this blog.

Well, as it turns out, life can be a complicated and busy thing, and certain leisurely activities tend to fall by the wayside. The last few months has been filled with schoolwork, graduation, moving, new jobs, and various other exciting (and exhausting) endeavors. Perhaps I could have sacrificed more sleep to write a once-weekly post, but anyone who actually knows me would know that that’s just not going to happen.

Yes, I think I can relate to poor Kuzco in this picture - minus the whole bump on the head, of course.

I think I could relate to poor Kuzco in this picture at times in the past few months. Except the whole bump on the head, of course. And the villainous woman. And the Llama transformation.

Anyway, I am happy to report that I fulfilled what I consider to be the most important part of my goal set in January 2013: I actually did watch all 52 (53 if you count Frozen) Disney canon films before the year ended! It took some dedication, careful coordination (thanks to my family for bearing with me on Christmas break), and empty slates at the end of the year so I could do double features, triple-headers, and even a quadruple-header to make it happen. My December 31st, 2013 concluded with a triple-header featuring Tangled, Winnie the Pooh, and Wreck-it Ralph. Personally, I don’t know of a better way to spend a lazy New Year’s Eve.

The bad part about finishing the “watch” part of the goal, however, is that it leaves precious little incentive to conclude the other end of the goal set in early 2013 – writing in this blog. Don’t get me wrong, I have found over the past year that I really enjoy writing, and it is fun comparing opinions with those of you who read this blog. But with all the things happening, it was hard to dedicate the time to the task.

sword in the stone

Slow and steady, right? Better to finish late than to never finish at all.

Despite all that, I must say that all this time I have had this nagging urge to finish what I started. I don’t like leaving things unfinished, and having a subtitle that says “52 animated films” on my blog – but only having 39 entries in it – is something that has been extremely bothersome all this time. Besides, I am so close to finishing! Thus, I have a new goal: complete the remaining entries in the blog post by the end of the summer.

Ok, with that out of the way, on to The Emperor’s New Groove. What can I say about this film? It’s just a lot of fun. It has to be the most zany and irreverent of all the Disney films, and it is better for it. I’m a fan of the David Spade/John Goodman combo, and I usually enjoy Seinfeld alum appearances. Oh, and that Tom Jones opener? Yes please (but if only it would have been this, though…nothing tops the Carlton Dance)!

I think I will close with that (I told you discussion would be short on this one), but here is a collection of some of my favorite scenes from this great Disney film. Feel free to add comments to discuss this movie further!

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Pacha and Old Man

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Jump rope

Ahh, feels great to be back in the swing of things, finishing this blog!

Ahh, feels great to be back in the swing of things, finishing this blog!

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