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It takes no time for Disney's latest zero-to-hero epic to find its Groove. But moments after a wild musical kick-off number centered around the David Spade-voiced Emperor Kuzco (who has his own Tom "Thanks for the underwear" Jones theme song), the self-important ruler is turned into a llama by his aging advisor Yzma, who has her eyes on the throne.
The llama-man must make it through a dangerous jungle to get back to his palace, find a people potion and avoid Yzma and her faithful manchild Kronk (Seinfeld's Patrick "Puddy" Warburton). Along the way, he befriends a simple villager and becomes a better person because, well, this is a Disney movie. Lucky for parents, the film's full of clever animated action and is light on the sappy stuff and songs (still, expect a few Sting-composed numbers to get Oscar nods). And Spade's self-effacing smart-ass shtick and Warburton's great bone-dry delivery will reach deep into parents' funnybones without missing a beat for the tykes.