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The MousePlanet Home Theater Press Releases - 3/2/01
It's been kind of a light week, but I was able to find one piece of information that I know most of you are interested in: The press release for the upcoming DVD release of The Emperor's New Groove!

It looks like Disney is following their recent trend by packing the Standard release with a good amount of bonus material. The Collector's release appears to include the Standard disc with a second disc containing all the detailed production bonus material. Either way, each version sounds like a winner:

Walt Disney Pictures'

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Disney DVD and 'Ultimate Groove' 2-Disc DVD Set | Wild Animated Fun In The Spirit of Disney's ALADDIN | Available To Own May 1

BURBANK, Calif. -- Get set to get into the groove when Walt Disney's hilarious, animated feature film, THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE, makes its home video and Disney DVD debut on May 1, 2001, from Walt Disney Home Video.

This fast- paced comedy about finding the good in everyone features a distinctive musical beat with lyrics and music by the world famous Grammy Award winning singer / songwriter, Sting. Included on the film's sensational soundtrack are the upbeat songs "Perfect World," performed by legendary artist Tom Jones, the Academy Award nominated song "My Funny Friend and Me," (2000 Best Original Song) with lyrics and music by Sting and music by David Hartley, and a score by John Debney. THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE VHS version includes Sting's "Making The Music" music video featuring "My Funny Friend and Me" as featured on the film's soundtrack.

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You can order either the regular single disc version via Amazon,

Day and date with the VHS release, the Disney DVD version of the film includes Sting's music video with the song "My Funny Friend and Me" as featured on the film's soundtrack. Also featured is the Rascal Flatts music video with "Walk the Llama Llama" from the soundtrack, where everyone can learn to do the "Walk the Llama Llama" dance. The DVD also boasts bonus audio commentary with the filmmakers, a multi-skill level Set Top Game with voice talent from the movie and a deleted scene, among other features.

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...or the "Ultimate Groove" double disc set just by clicking on the links

"The Ultimate Groove" 2-Disc Collector's Edition includes all DVD features and a royal behind- the- walls tour of Disney's famous Feature Animation Department. This exciting program follows the creation of a Disney animated film from Development, through Story and Editorial, to Layout and Backgrounds, Animation, Scanning and Ink & Paint, to Music and Sound. A dual-viewing option allows viewers to tour different departments on their own or take a complete guided tour. The pristine DVD picture is complemented by the superb audio quality of DTS and 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound. Also, the DVD can be used on a DVD-ROM drive for more features and exclusive on-line content only accessible through the DVD.

This crowning comedy jewel is offered for the ownable price of $26.99 (S.R.P.) for VHS, $29.99 (S.R.P.) for DVD, and $39.99 (S.R.P.) for the "Ultimate Groove" 2-Disc Collectors' Edition DVD.

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THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE features a superb cast. The irrepressible comedian David Spade (TV's "Just Shoot Me," "The Rugrats Movie") is Emperor Kuzco; John Goodman ("Coyote Ugly," "O Brother Where Art Thou") plays Pacha, the noble peasant; multiple Tony, Grammy and Emmy nominee Eartha Kitt ("Harriet the Spy," TV's "Batman") is the wickedly delightful villainess, Yzma; Patrick Warburton (TV's "Seinfeld") plays Yzma's sidekick, Kronk; and Wendie Malick (TV's "Just Shoot Me") is Pacha's steadfast wife, Chicha.

In THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE, discovering the good in everyone has never been this much fun! Faster than you can say "boom, baby," arrogant Emperor Kuzco (voiced by David Spade) is turned into a llama by his devious advisor, Yzma (Eartha Kitt), and her hunky henchman, Kronk (Patrick Warburton), who want to rid the kingdom of this beast of burden. Now the ruler who once had it all must form an unlikely alliance with a pleasant peasant named Pacha (John Goodman). Together, Kuzco and Pacha must overcome their differences as they embark on a hilarious, "groovy" adventure that will have audiences howling with laughter.


  • Sting's "Making The Music" video featuring the Academy Award
    nominated song "My Funny Friend and Me" (2000 Best Original Song) as featured on THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE soundtrack.
  • Rascal Flatts' music video featuring the song "Walk The Llama Llama" as featured on THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE soundtrack, where viewers can learn to do the "Walk the Llama Llama" dance.
  • Set Top Game -- An Interactive Challenge For Parents and Their
    Children With the Voice Talents of Kronk (Patrick Warburton) and Yzma (Eartha Kitt).
  • Audio Commentary by the Filmmakers - Director Mark Dindal, Producer Randy Fullmer.
  • Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
      - Character Voices
      - Animation Team's Research Trip To Peru
      - Creating Computer Generated Images
  • Deleted Scene: Destruction of Pacha's Village
  • Aspect Ratio: 1:66.1, Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions
  • Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 Surround Sound
  • THX Certified
  • Separate French Language Track
    Insert the DVD into your computer DVD-ROM drive and enjoy the
    following features:
       - The Emperor's New Groove Action Game (a) Playable Demo
       - The Emperor's New Groove Center Demo (b)
       - Exclusive On-Line Content only accessible through this DVD

    (a) THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE Action Game is not compatible with Macintosh Computers.

    (b) In order to play this program demo, QuickTime is required. You'll need to download the latest version of QuickTime.

    This DVD contains DVD-ROM features for use on your personal computer. In order to access these features, you will need a computer capable of playing DVD movies, either running Microsoft Windows 95 or higher, or Macintosh System 8.6 or higher. Some features may require an Internet connection (not included). This DVD will not work in a CD-ROM drive.

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All Standard Disney DVD Features, plus:

  • Choose From Dual Viewing Options:
      - View Each Feature Animation Department Individually As You Navigate Yourself
      - Experience The Complete Animation Process In A Continuous Tour
  • Behind-The-Walls of the Walt Disney Studios Feature Animation Department Tour Featurette for "How A Disney Animated Film is Made" Including:
        The Development Process
        The Research Trip
        Story Treatment
        Visual Still Frame Gallery
        "Kingdom of the Sun" Concepts
        The Story Process
        Scene Pitches, Storyboard Pitch
        Deleted and Unused Scenes, Including
            "Destruction of Pacha's Village"
            "Pacha's Family"
            "Original Kuscotopia Ending"
        The Layout and Background Departments
        Scene Planning
        Storyboard To Film Comparison
        Workbook Still Frame Gallery
        Layout Galleries
        Background Galleries
        The Animation Process
        Character Animation
            - Character Voices
            - Background to Rough Animation Comparison
        Animation/Character Tests
            - Kuzco
            - Pacha
            - Yzma
            - Kronk
        Pacha's Family Still Frame Gallery
        Miscellaneous Characters Still Frame Gallery
        Clean Up Animation
            - Rough Animation to Clean Up Comparison
            - Character Model Sheets - Still Frame Gallery
        Computer Generated Imagery Props
        Animation Production Progression
            - Storyboard
            - Rough Animation
            - Clean Up Animation
            - Final Scene
            Ink and Paint / Compositing
            Clean Up Animation to Ink and Paint Comparison
            Color Models - Still Frame Gallery
            Creating the Music and Sound Effects
            Sting Music Video "My Funny Friend and Me" as featured on the soundtrack
            Mixing Demo


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This film presentation has been enhanced for 16x9 televisions. If the picture appears distorted on your television screen, your DVD player may not be set to the proper TV shape selection. Please refer to your DVD player manual for set-up instructions. This disc was designed with many advanced features and is in compliance with all applicable DVD specifications. Some machines may not have the ability to access all of these features.

THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE has an approximate running time of 78 minutes, is rated "G" by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and is closed- captioned for the hearing impaired. The VHS is available in English or Spanish. DVD bonus features are unrated.

That's it for now, but stay tuned for more!

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