Tuesday, December 19, 2000
New Groove Underperforms
Monday, December 18, 2000
Comes in Fourth in Weekend Estimates
The Emperor's New Groove is on par with Disney's The Tigger Movie which was released earlier this year, bringing in $9.4 million in its opening weekend in February while playing on fewer screens than Emperor.
While the weekend results may seem like bad news for Disney, which invested over $80 million in The Emperor's New Groove, there is some good news. Cinema Score exit polls of theater goers over the weekend ranked The Emperor's New Groove as the best movie currently in theaters.
Sunday, December 17, 2000
Versus Disney - The Documentary
According to Billboard, "The documentary will include some songs Sting originally wrote for the film, along with footage of a phone call from filmmakers informing the musician that songs he'd written were being cut from the production."
While none of Stings original songs made it into the production, he did create two new songs at the request of Disney that did make it into the film.
The documentary is expected to be released in Spring 2001.
Saturday, December 16, 2000
Emperor's New Groove Opens Fifth!
The Emperor's New Groove was plagued by production problems (and a bad title), however critics who viewed the film mostly agree that it is a very entertaining production and much better than anticipated.
Disney marketing for The Emperor's New Groove appeared light. Even as of today, Animation Artist Magazine has not received The Emperor's New Groove press kit from Disney, which is a key for movie studios to get information out to the public.
The four films that opened ahead of The Emperor's New Groove are:
What Women Want ($11.1 Million)
Thursday, December 14, 2000
Stung by Disney Cartoon
"When Sting started writing songs for a dramatic cartoon musical from Disney, he envisioned generations of children enjoying the music. Instead, most of his tunes got cut when studio executives, unhappy with the film’s script, turned the epic musical into a not-so-musical buddy farce, The Emperor’s New Groove.
'At first, I was angry and perturbed. Then I wanted some vengeance,' the Grammy-winning musician said. 'We couldn’t use the songs in this new film because the characters they were written for didn’t exist anymore'..."
Wednesday, December 13, 2000
From Emperor's Movie Premiere
Thursday, December 7, 2000
Eisner Comments on The Emperor's New Groove
February, we will offer Disney's 39th full-length animated film, The
Emperor's New Groove. This comedy features the voice talent of David
Spade and John Goodman, with music by Sting. Just as Tarzan and Dinosaur
stretched the bounds of Disney animation, this is a very funny film
with a look and sensibility that we believe will feel very contemporary
and fresh for audiences young and old."
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