The Emperor's New School

The Emperor's New School

Logo with Kuzco on the right
Genre Comedy, Adventure
Created by Mark Dindal
Written by Kevin D. Campbell
Ed Scharlach
Mark Dindal (story)
Directed by David Knott
Howy Parkins
Voices of J. P. Manoux
Jessica DiCicco
Fred Tatasciore
John Goodman
Wendie Malick
Jessie Flower
Shane Baumel
Eartha Kitt
Patrick Warburton
Curtis Armstrong
Bob Bergen
Rip Taylor
Theme music composer "Kuzco's Academy" by Danny Jacob and Janis Liebhart
Composer(s) Mike Tavera
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Bobs Gannaway
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Walt Disney Television Animation
Toon City Animation, Inc.
Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd.
Synergy Animation Studios
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Original network Disney Channel
ABC Kids
Toon Disney
Picture format 1080i (16:9) (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release January 27, 2006 (2006-01-27) – November 20, 2008 (2008-11-20)

The Emperor's New School is an American animated television series on Disney Channel, based on the 2000 film The Emperor's New Groove. It follows the adventures of a temporarily-dethroned Kuzco as he completes his education in order to return to the throne, while Yzma, as the school's principal, will stop at nothing to prevent Kuzco from passing all of his classes.


The series comes after The Emperor's New Groove, and several episodes mention the events of the movie. The series is likely set in a different continuity from Kronk's New Groove, as in the series Kronk is still working for Yzma and is single, but in the movie he retires as Yzma's lackey and gets married. In addition, in Kronk's New Groove, Yzma has a cat's tail and ears, claiming it was a side effect from her kitten transformation at the end of The Emperor's New Groove, but she does not have a tail or cat ears in the series.

It was revealed in some episodes that the characters are Incas even though the characters use modern-day materials, like a motorcycle, an arcade unit, etc. as side jokes. The name of the main character "Kuzco" is derived from the name of the capital of the Inca empire "Cusco".

Yzma's plans to stop Kuzco backfire, ending up helping him instead. By the end of the series, Kuzco has grown as a person, wanting Pacha and his family to move into the palace with him, and chose Kronk as his adviser.

Cast and characters

Initially, three original cast members returned to voice their characters for the TV series: Eartha Kitt as Yzma, Patrick Warburton as Kronk, and Wendie Malick as Chicha. Although Fred Tatasciore voiced Pacha in Season 1, John Goodman returned to the role in Season 2.

J. P. Manoux voices Kuzco, a role that he had already performed on The Emperor's New Groove (video game), double voices with David Spade.

Guest stars


The series ran for two seasons and 52 episodes, and ends with a finale episode that wraps up the plot.

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
121January 27, 2006November 11, 2006
231June 23, 2007November 20, 2008

Awards and nominations

Eartha Kitt won the 2007 and 2008 Annie Awards for "Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production" for her performance as Yzma in the episodes "Kuzclone" (2007) and "The Emperor's New Musical" (2008). Eartha Kitt also won the 2007 and 2008 Daytime Emmy Award for her voice performance as Yzma. Jessica DiCicco was also nominated for her voice performance as Malina.[1]


The Emperor's New School aired occasionally on Disney XD from February 13, 2009, to October 18, 2012, and has been aired on ABC as part of its ABC Kids lineup from January 28, 2006, to August 27, 2011.


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