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The Emperor's New Groove
(2000)
Album Cover Art
2000 Regular
2000 Promotional
Album 2 Cover Art
Score Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Score Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Frank Bennett
Don Nemitz
Chris Klatman

Score Co-Produced by:
Michael Mason

Songs Composed and Co-Produced by:
Sting

Songs Arranged, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:
David Hartley
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Walt Disney Records (Regular)
(November 14th, 2000)

Walt Disney Records (Promo)
(December, 2000)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The commercial album is a regular U.S. release. The short promotional album was released as an Academy promo a month later.
Awards
AWARDS
The song "My Funny Friend and Me" was nominated for an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... on Disney's commercial album if you seek a surprisingly comprehensive selection of music written for both versions of this film.

Avoid it... on the Disney promotional pressing of Debney's score, because it doesn't even feature the same amount of material as on the commercial product.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #360
WRITTEN 11/19/00, REVISED 8/5/08
Debney
Debney
The Emperor's New Groove: (John Debney/Sting) Anxious to recapture its glory days of the romantic animated musicals of the early 1990's, Walt Disney Pictures gave the green light to Kingdom of the Sun. Director Mark Dindal labored in production with that template, working with songwriter Sting and composer Marc Shaiman to provide the musical numbers and score for the film. Unfortunately for all involved, the studio abruptly decided to completely change the entire storyline and focus of the film, insisting that it become the first full-fledged comedy to come from the studio in the era. A South American emperor survives the script edits even if two other major characters did not; in the version that would become The Emperor's New Groove, the selfish emperor is accidentally turned into a llama during an execution attempt by the story's bumbling villain, and in the process of stirring up a bunch of funny one-liners, the character learns about the virtues of goodness. Despite cautious advance word and awful trailers, The Emperor's New Groove turned out to be quite a decent film. The situation with its vast production changes took its greatest toll on the music, however. Sting had written several songs for Kingdom of the Sun while Shaiman had written his score and begun to record it. When news struck of the total changes in production, Sting decided to stay on board and write new material for The Emperor's New Groove. Shaiman, however, jumped ship and left the studio in an understandable panic. They turned to trusted veteran John Debney to step in and, in just a matter of a few weeks, adapt Sting's new material into his score. As Debney recalls, "I heard a bit of what Marc Shaiman had written, but he'd only recorded about eight minutes. A situation like that can be sticky, but this was very smooth. It was really his decision at the end of the day, and Marc was completely gracious about it." The style of music that Debney was asked to write was relatively easy for the composer, for without the usual complexity of the structure of musicals, he could provide the standard sound that had defined his children's movie scores to date. His total contribution ran about 65 minutes in length, and after writing most of the score in three weeks, he recorded it with a 95-piece Los Angeles orchestra.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Commercial Album: Tracks   ▼Total Time: 48:58
•1. Perfect World (2:21) - Performed by Tom Jones
•2. My Funny Friend and Me (4:38) - Performed by Sting
•3. Snuff Out the Light (Yzma's Song) (3:37) - Performed by Eartha Kitt
•4. Walk the Llama Llama (2:02) - Performed by Rascal Flatts
•5. Perfect World (Reprise) (2:34) - Performed by Tom Jones
•6. Run Llama Run* (2:24)
•7. One Day, She'll Love Me (4:10) - Performed by Sting and Shawn Colvin
•8. A New Hope* (1:46)
•9. Beware the Groove* (8:15)
•10. The Jungle Rescue* (3:17)
•11. Pacha's Homecoming/The Blue Plate Special* (7:32)
•12. The Great Battle/Friends Forever* (6:17)
* score material by John Debney
Promotional Album: Tracks   ▼Total Time: 17:15

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes lyrics and extensive credits, but no extra information about the film or score.
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