Kingdom Of The Sun (partially found cancelled original version of "The Emperor's New Groove" Disney animated film; late 1990s)

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The film it became.

Status: Partially Found

Kingdom of The Sun, also known as Kingdom In The Sun, was an animated Disney film due to be released in Winter of 2000.

It was heavily modified to ending up becoming The Emperor's New Groove, sharing only a few characters and plot elements with the original project (along with the Inca civilization theme).

Original premise

The protagonist is Pacha, an eighteen-year-old llama herder voiced by Owen Wilson. Pacha meets Emperor Manco, with whom he looks and sounds identical to. They decide to switch places in order to let Manco take a break from his royal duties.

A romantic plot involves Nina, Manco's fiancée, 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, which has caused her to get wrinkles. Her sidekick is a talking talisman known as Hucua.

Yzma turns Manco into a non-talking llama at one point but he becomes a minor character after that, instead of being the focal point of the movie. The climax involves Yzma summoning a dark force called Supai to engulf the kingdom but ends up ultimately being killed by the sun, which Pacha lassoes and pulls down to Earth. 

Retool

The movie had several delays and executives weren't fond of it, partly because the "Prince and Pauper" plot was considered too cliché.

Eventually, it was decided to scrap the plot and heavily rework the film from a dramatic musical to a buddy comedy: 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; despite this, Yzma's antagonist song, "Snuff Out The Light", was included on the official soundtrack. The song "One Day She'll Love Me," which was also from the original film and is sung by Sting and Shawn Colvin, was also included on the soundtrack.

As of right now the entire "Sweatbox" documentary is available on Archive.org[1]

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