Kingdom of the Sun (Former Version of The Emperor's New Groove)

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Kingdom of the Sun is the original version of The Emperor's New Groove, directed by Roger Allers.

Voice cast

  • Owen Wilson as Pacha
  • David Spade as Manco
  • Eartha Kitt as Yzma
  • Harvey Fierstein as Huaca
  • Laura Prepon as Nina
  • Carla Gugino as Mata

Plot

Prince Manco switches places with a llama herder named Pacha. A witch named Yzma figured it out and turned Manco into a llama. She later decides to blot the sun into darkness with the darkness god Supai.

Why It Was Cancelled

  1. Test audiences didn’t like the Prince & the Pauper storyline and how dark some of the story is.
  2. Some felt Sting's songs were too experimental.
  3. Roger Allers stepped down from director since he didn't have enough time to complete his film with a set date for December 2000 as a way of merchandise deals. Had he been given enough time, it would have been released sometime in 2003.
  4. Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame weren't financially successful.

Result

  1. Roger Allers would later co-direct Open Season in 2006.
  2. Mark Dindal became the new director and made The Emperor's New Groove, released in December 2000.
  3. The tone changed from a typical Disney musical with sprinkles of Incan culture to a slapstick comedy akin of Looney Tunes.
  4. Owen Wilson was replaced by John Goodman to voice Pacha as the character is older in the final film.
  5. Yzma isn't a darkness seeking witch and just a mad scientist.
  6. Sting's old songs are scrapped with new ones made for the retool.
  7. Manco was renamed Kuzco because the earlier means "vagina" in Japanese and "bad movie" in Turkish.
  8. The version is showcased in the 2002 documentary "The Sweatbox".
  9. Harvey Fierstein, Laura Prepon and Carl Gugino's characters and lines were scrapped.