Friday, September 9, 2011

Saturday School: The Emperor's New School (2006)

Only two years worth of episodes were produced, but The Emperor's New School just ended a 5 year run on ABC. That's the result of the network being unable to make sweeping changes with its Disney-programmed lineup due to a corporate mandate from the Mouse House.

New School picks up where the movie "The Emperor's New Groove" left off, but Kuzco, now voiced by newcomer J. P. Manoux, must go through a full education before he can ascend to the throne. Yzma (Eartha Kitt) will do anything within her power to stop him. Disneylover97 uploaded the open to YouTube:

The late Eartha Kitt was one of three cast members who'd also done the movie, the others being Patrick Warburton (Rules of Engagement) and Wendie Mallick (ex-Just Shoot Me). Oddly enough, Warburton's Rules co-star, David Spade, was the original voice of Kuzco, but couldn't be convinced to do the series.

Rating: None. Never saw the show.


magicdog said...

As someone who had seen both the film and the series, I have to say, the series wasn't bad. It didn't take itself too seriously and it was plenty genre savvy.

My only quibble was that it made the original film pointless since Kuzco had defeated Izma, and took his rightful place as emperor (after having become a better man thru his "llama experience").

Graduating from Kuzco Academy wasn't part of the deal. I'd rate it a B.

hobbyfan said...

If I could venture a guess, I would say that they borrowed the plot device from one of Adam Sandler's movies, "Billy Madison". It's either that, or a ret-conned prequel to the movie, although Wikipedia seems to claim differently.