Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Emperor's New Groove (2000) - Movies with Mikey

An interesting video about The Emperor's New Groove.
Personally I don't think The Emperor's New Groove is any kind of masterpiece, but when I first saw it I was surprised that it was much better than I thought it would be.  It's much funnier than I thought a stupid kids movie would be, and I have successfully used this movie in my own classes.


Whisky Prajer said...

I'm definitely in the "Emperor's New Groove is brilliant!" camp. It pulls together threads from Buster Keaton to Molière and ends up being wholly itself in the process. That most of this is (almost) accidental only adds to its charm. Good video (though the dude derailed himself at the 12-minute mark, I'd say).

Joel Swagman said...

You're probably right. I'm under-rating it.

At any rate, I'd absolutely agree to the fact that the film had moments of brilliance. Some of those scenes were just really funny. And a lot of quirky humor, and irony, and making fun of movie tropes, and 4th wall breaking.
Amazing that (as the video points out) no one had a right to expect such a good movie since the development was such a mess.

Yeah, about the's mostly good, but there's a couple points where the dude killed his own momentum for the sake of some pretty stupid jokes. It's a pity, because the rest of the video is good.
I guess it's a danger of the medium--everyone making vidoes for youtube working without editorial oversight, so there's no one to tell you when a joke isn't working and needs to be pulled