The Emperor's New Groove (2000) - Model Sheets & Production Drawings

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Early Pacha sketches

Tentative characters by Sandro Cleuzo

Early Yzma drawings


Silvia said...

why didnt that girl get included in the story? who was she supposed to be? Her design is great!

Curi said...

She was originally Kuzco's love interest. She wasn't included because the very formulaic story wasn't that popular with test audiences, so a lot of the project was reworked and she was taken out, along with a lot of songs by Sting. (This is what I heard, anyway.)

Fullmetal Animator said...

The original title of the film was Kingdom in the Sun and was to be directed by Roger Allers along with Mark Dindle. Allers wanted the film to be on a weeping scale like the Lion King but Dindle aimed for more snappy comedy so there were creative differences along with the shopworn story that caused the project to be reworked once Allers left Disney since he wasn't confident that the film could be completed in time. Dindle made the film into what it is today, excluding many of the original characters intended to be featured including the girl.

Nagy Péter said...

Thanks Mark!

Anonymous said...

I heard that girl's name was Nina, but now I just learned that she was called Mata!

if anybody has her real name, please reply, thanks!

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