NEW GROOVE excels in the humor department, but it lacks a little in the emotional areas. Thereís nothing that really stands out as being touching and itís hard to get involved with the characters as much as we do with other Disney films. Thatís why, despite its humor, it failed to follow the lead of other successful Disney products. The characters are shallow and although they learn their lesson at the end, we donít get the kind of moral instruction that Disney likes to include in their movies. So of course, if you canít learn morals from a movie, where are you supposed to go?
David Spade and Patrick Warburton shine through with their voice work. Iím a big Patrick Warburton fan and I think he has one of the best cartoon voices in the business. David Spade turns in one of his best performances post TOMMY BOY and pre Capitol One commercials. Spade delivers lines very well and so it only makes sense that he would excel with a voiceover.
Commentary with Randy Fulmer, Mark Dindal, Colin Stimpson, Joeseph C. Mosheir, Stephen Anderson, Nick Ranieri and Bruce W. Smith: This is not too bad, although it got a little crowded at times and since I donít know any of these people, I continued to get their voices confused. Overall though, it offered several interesting tidbits about the film and is a recommend for fans of the flick.
Deleted Scenes (12:45): I have a hard time getting into a deleted scene thatís basically drawn on a piece of scratch paper. Disney includes a lot of these with their releases. I understand itís not cost effective to finish them, and a part of me is glad theyíre there, but I just canít get the full effect if theyíre not complete.
Behind the Scenes (8:59): This is a collection of three segments covering research, voices, and CGI. Itís geared towards those of us that havenít completed grade school, so you wonít find anything overly thrilling.
The Emperorís Got Game: This is a game designed for kids, although, admittedly, I played it. The object is to answer questions about the movie to get Kuzco through the maze.
There are also Photo Galleries, Trailers and Music Videos from the Rascal Flatts and Sting.