First shown in limited release; nationwide release was on December 15, 2000.
Soundtrack: "Perfect World"/"Perfect World Reprise," Performed by Tom Jones, Produced by Sting and David Hartley, Arranged, Orchestrated and Conducted by David Hartley, Recorded and Mixed by Frank Wolf; "My Funny Friend and Me," Performed by Sting, Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for Flyle Tyme Productions, Inc., Co-Produced by "Big Jim" Wright for Flyle Tyme Productions, Inc., Recorded by Dave Rideau and Steve Hodge, Mixed by Steve Hodge.
The Emperor's New Groove began life as the much more serious in tone and epic in scope Kingdom Of The Sun. Originally, the music was done by Sting, and Roger Allers was the director. Sort of a Prince and the Pauper story at first, Allers just could not bring the story to life.
To breath new life into the project, Disney execs hired Mark Dindal, who brought in the comic element. This resulted in a very uneven production... half light and half dark. In the summer 1998, under a time crunch for a 2000 release date, Allers was forced off the film. Dindal retooled the film, dropped the Sting songs, and retitled the film.
The Emperor's New Groove Production Information
Alternate Title: "Kingdom Of The Sun" (Working Title).
- Dec 10, 2000- Limited Release (New York, Los Angeles)
- Dec 15, 2000- General Release
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