Kingdom of the Sun unused work (lost animation; 2000)

Kingdom of the Sun (Unfinished Precursor to Emporors New Grove) (Late 1990's)
The Film it became.
The Film it became.
Status Partially Found

Kingdom of The Sun, also known as Kingdom In The Sun, was a film due to be released in Winter of 2000. The film takes place in an Incan civilization.

The protagonist is Pacha, an eighteen year old llama herder voiced by Owen Wilson. Pacha meets Emperor Manco, who he looks and sounds identical, and they decide to switch places in order to let Manco take a break from his royal duties. A romantic plot involved Nina, Manco's fiance, falling for Pacha. Yzma is a sorceress and member of the Royal Court who longs to be young and beautiful like she was years prior. She creates a plan to block out the sun. Her sidekick is a talking talisman known as Hucua and Kronk does not exist. Yzma turns Manco into a non-talking llama at one point but he becomes a minor character after that, instead of being the focus point of the movie. The climax involved Yzma summoning a dark force called Supai to engulf the kingdom, but ultimately being killed by the sun, which Pacha lassoed and pulled down to Earth. 

The movie had several delays and executives weren't fond of it. Eventually it was decided to scrap the plot and heavily rework the film into The Emperor's New Groove

At least 20 percent of the animation was complete and the entire story was created but only a few scenes have been leaked, via the documentary The Sweatbox. In addition to the plot being scrapped, every song from the movie was cut when it was retooled from a dramatic musical to to a buddy comedy; despite this, Yzma's antagonist song, "Snuff Out The Light", was included on the official soundtrack.

As of right now the entire "Sweatbox" documentary is available on Vid.Me





2 months ago
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I found a few frames-lineup in someone demoreel. Here it is -


1 months ago
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Here's a petition to get Disney to release the workprint of the film. https://www....un-workprint


7 days ago
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So glad they didn't go with the original ideas! The final print was great!
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