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Kronk’s New Groove

The voice talents from TThe Emperor's New Groove are reassembled in this direct-to-home-video sequel. This time around Kronk (Patrick Warburton) is trying to reinvent himself, but a visit from his picky Papi (John Mahoney) may pop all his feelings of accomplishment and self-worth.

Overall Grade: B-
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: B+
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Release Date:
Run Time: 75
MPAA Rating: G

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In-Depth Review

All Kronk (voice of Patrick Warburton) has ever wanted is a thumb's up from his dear old Dad (John Mahoney). As we know from the prequel, The Emperor's New Groove, his stint as the sidekick to the evil villainess Yzma (Eartha Kitt) didn't amount to a promising career. So the muscular-bodied, softheaded man has since tried to find a new groove. Working as a fry cook and delivery boy for Mudka's Meat Hut, his culinary skills have really whipped-up the diner's popularity. Despite this success, a letter announcing a forthcoming visit from his picky Papi has Kronk feeling like a failure.

In flash backs, the insecure king of cuisine tells of his attempts to meet his father's exacting expectations, which include a big house on a hill, and a wife and kids. Each time he has come close to securing these status symbols, an ethical dilemma (discussed with his shoulder-sized angle and devil) has left him sacrificing his dream for his conscience' sake. Faced with the prospect of having to confess his true domicile and marital situation, Kronk concludes his best option is to lie.

As is too often the case with sequels, Kronk's New Groove slips into an old rut, succumbing to reusing the same types of gags seen in the first film. Unfortunately, what was once fresh and innovative, now just feels like rehashed leftovers. In an effort to include all the characters introduced last time, the returning voice cast (David Spade and John Goodman) are each given parts, even though they really have no place in the present story. As well, the script of this direct-to-home video project lacks creativity and witty humor. Which is really a shame, because the movie serving as its inspiration was so unique and charmingly funny.

Such disappointments aside, the plodding plot, cheesy comedy and half-baked parodies don't present many content concerns, with the exception of some very mild sexual innuendo (Yzma's tells Kronk she has a proposition for him--but it's a business deal), a few elderly people wear little, if any clothing (no full nudity shown), and plenty of slapstick antics. In the end Kronk learns honesty is the best policy and that success can be measured by more than one yardstick. It's just too bad this animation doesn't cook-up any sizzle worthy of a hearty thumb's up.

Original Direct-to-Home-Video Release Date: 13 December 2005

Content Details: Beyond the Movie Ratings...

The biggest disappointment is this animation is only blandly entertaining compared to its predecessor. The script does present plenty of movie parodies from films likely too old to be familiar to it’s young target audience. Other concerns include mild sexual innuendo, a con artist’s scam, some scantily clad characters (one we are told is totally nude, but his nakedness never reveals any private body parts), extreme competition that leads to cheating, and silly slapstick antics.

Discussion Ideas: Talk About the Movie...

Why is parental approval such a strong motivation? Why are there so many different points of view about what constitutes success? Would lying about accomplishments ever truly satisfy the desire to please someone else?

Video alternatives

The Emperor’s New Groove (an unexpected hit) is the prequel to this movie. It’s A Wonderful Life also explores the various ways failure and success are measured.

Home Video Notes

DVD Release Date: 13 December 2005
Ever wonder what’s the recipe for a sequel? Then check out the bonus feature on Kronk’s New Groove called How to Cook a Movie. The direct-to-home DVD is also garnished with two games. Pyramid Scheme requires some memory skills, but Kronk’s Brian Game is as empty-headed as the movie’s leading man. Audio tracks are available in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound in English, Spanish and French.

Home Video Notes: The Emperor’s New Groove/Kronk’s New Groove: 2 Movie Collection

Release Date: 11 June 2013

Disney is releasing The Emperor’s New Groove and Kronk’s New Groove together in a Blu-ray Combo Pack.

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