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Walt Disney Pictures' THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE; Disney DVD and `Ultimate Groove' 2-Disc DVD Set; Wild Animated Fun In The Spirit of Disney's ALADDIN Available To Own May 1.

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Get set to get into the groove when Walt Disney's hilarious, animated feature film, THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE, makes its home video and Disney DVD debut on May 1, 2001, from Walt Disney Home Video.

This fast-paced comedy about finding the good in everyone features a distinctive musical beat with lyrics and music by the world famous Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, Sting. Included on the film's sensational soundtrack are the upbeat songs "Perfect World," performed by legendary artist Tom Jones, the Academy Award(R) nominated song "My Funny Friend and Me," (2000 Best Original Song) with lyrics and music by Sting and music by David Hartley, and a score by John Debney. THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE VHS version includes Sting's "Making The Music" music video featuring "My Funny Friend and Me" as featured on the film's soundtrack.

Day and date with the VHS release, the Disney DVD version of the film includes Sting's music video with the song "My Funny Friend and Me" as featured on the film's soundtrack. Also featured is the Rascal Flatts music video with "Walk the Llama Llama" from the soundtrack, where everyone can learn to do the "Walk the Llama Llama" dance. The DVD also boasts bonus audio commentary with the filmmakers, a multi-skill level Set Top Game with voice talent from the movie and a deleted scene, among other features.

"The Ultimate Groove" 2-Disc Collector's Edition includes all DVD features and a royal behind-the-walls tour of Disney's famous Feature Animation Department. This exciting program follows the creation of a Disney animated film from Development, through Story and Editorial, to Layout and Backgrounds, Animation, Scanning and Ink & Paint, to Music and Sound. A dual-viewing option allows viewers to tour different departments on their own or take a complete guided tour. The pristine DVD picture is complemented by the superb audio quality of DTS(R) and 5.1 Dolby(R) Digital Surround Sound. Also, the DVD can be used on a DVD-ROM drive for more features and exclusive on-line content only accessible through the DVD. This crowning comedy jewel is offered for the ownable price of $26.99 (S.R.P.) for VHS, $29.99 (S.R.P.) for DVD, and $39.99 (S.R.P.) for the "Ultimate Groove" 2-Disc Collectors' Edition DVD.

THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE features a superb cast. The irrepressible comedian David Spade (TV's "Just Shoot Me," "The Rugrats Movie") is Emperor Kuzco; John Goodman ("Coyote Ugly," "O Brother Where Art Thou") plays Pacha, the noble peasant; multiple Tony, Grammy and Emmy nominee Eartha Kitt ("Harriet the Spy," TV's "Batman") is the wickedly delightful villainess, Yzma; Patrick Warburton (TV's "Seinfeld") plays Yzma's sidekick, Kronk; and Wendie Malick (TV's "Just Shoot Me") is Pacha's steadfast wife, Chicha.

In THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE, discovering the good in everyone has never been this much fun! Faster than you can say "boom, baby," arrogant Emperor Kuzco (voiced by David Spade) is turned into a llama by his devious advisor, Yzma (Eartha Kitt), and her hunky henchman, Kronk (Patrick Warburton), who want to rid the kingdom of this beast of burden. Now the ruler who once had it all must form an unlikely alliance with a pleasant peasant named Pacha (John Goodman). Together, Kuzco and Pacha must overcome their differences as they embark on a hilarious, "groovy" adventure that will have audiences howling with laughter.

DVD BONUS FEATURES

Sting's "Making The Music" video featuring the Academy Award(R)
nominated song "My Funny Friend and Me" (2000 Best Original Song) as
featured on THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE soundtrack.

Rascal Flatts' music video featuring the song "Walk The Llama Llama"
as featured on THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE soundtrack, where viewers can
learn to do the "Walk the Llama Llama" dance.

Set Top Game -- An Interactive Challenge For Parents and Their
Children With the Voice Talents of Kronk (Patrick Warburton) and Yzma
(Eartha Kitt).

Audio Commentary by the Filmmakers - Director Mark Dindal, Producer
Randy Fulmer and More.

Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
 Character Voices
 Animation Team's Research Trip To Peru
 Creating Computer Generated Images

Deleted Scene: Destruction of Pacha's Village

Aspect Ratio: 1:66.1, Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions

Dolby(R) Digital and DTS(R) 5.1 Surround Sound

THX(R)-Certified

Separate French Language Track


 DVD-ROM SPECIAL FEATURES

Insert the DVD into your computer DVD-ROM drive and enjoy the
following features:

 The Emperor's New Groove Action Game (a) Playable Demo

 The Emperor's New Groove Center Demo (b)

 Exclusive On-Line Content only accessible through this DVD

For the latest information on Disney DVDs, log on to
 www.disneydvd.com.

For technical support, log on to www.pcfriendly.com.

(a) THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE Action Game is not compatible with
Macintosh Computers.

(b) In order to play this program demo, QuickTime is required. You may
download the latest version of QuickTime at

http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download.

This DVD contains DVD-ROM features for use on your personal computer.
In order to access these features, you will need a computer capable of
playing DVD movies, either running Microsoft Windows 95 or higher, or
Macintosh System 8.6 or higher. Some features may require an Internet
connection (not included). This DVD will not work in a CD-ROM drive.


 THE ULTIMATE GROOVE 2-DISC COLLECTOR'S EDITION BONUS FEATURES

All Standard Disney DVD Features

Choose From Dual Viewing Options:
 View Each Feature Animation Department Individually As You Navigate
 Yourself
 Experience The Complete Animation Process In A Continuous Tour

Behind-The-Walls of the Walt Disney Studios Feature Animation
 Department Tour Featurette for "How A Disney Animated Film is Made"

Including:

DEVELOPMENT
 The Development Process
 The Research Trip
 Story Treatment
 Visual Still Frame Gallery
 "Kingdom of the Sun" Concepts

STORY AND EDITORIAL
 The Story Process
 Scene Pitches, Storyboard Pitch
 Deleted and Unused Scenes, Including
 "Destruction of Pacha's Village"
 "Pacha's Family"
 "Original Kuscotopia Ending"

LAYOUTS AND BACKGROUNDS
 The Layout and Background Departments
 Scene Planning
 Storyboard To Film Comparison
 Workbook Still Frame Gallery
 Layout Galleries
 Background Galleries

ANIMATION
 The Animation Process
 Character Animation
 Character Voices
 Background to Rough Animation Comparison
 Animation/Character Tests
 Kuzco
 Pacha
 Yzma
 Kronk
 Pacha's Family Still Frame Gallery
 Miscellaneous Characters Still Frame Gallery
 Clean Up Animation
 Rough Animation to Clean Up Comparison
 Character Model Sheets - Still Frame Gallery
 Computer Generated Imagery Props
 Animation Production Progression
 Storyboard
 Rough Animation
 Clean Up Animation
 Final Scene

SCANNING AND INK & PAINT
 Ink and Paint/Compositing
 Clean Up Animation to Ink and Paint Comparison
 Color Models - Still Frame Gallery

MUSIC AND SOUND
 Creating the Music and Sound Effects
 Sting Music Video "My Funny Friend and Me" As Featured On The
 Soundtrack
 Mixing Demo

PUBLICITY TRAILERS


ALL DVD FEATURES SUBJECT TO CHANGE.


This film presentation has been enhanced for 16x9 televisions. If the picture appears distorted on your television screen, your DVD player may not be set to the proper TV shape selection. Please refer to your DVD player manual for set-up instructions. This disc was designed with many advanced features and is in compliance with all applicable DVD specifications. Some machines may not have the ability to access all of these features.

THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE has an approximate running time of 78 minutes, is rated "G" by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and is closed-captioned for the hearing impaired. The VHS is available in English or Spanish. DVD bonus features are unrated.

Walt Disney Home Video is distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc., a recognized industry leader. A subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company, Buena Vista Home Entertainment Inc. is the marketing, sales and distribution company for all Walt Disney, Touchstone, Miramax, Dimension and Buena Vista videocassette and DVD product.

Walt Disney Feature Animation is a division of The Walt Disney Studios, which has created and produced the most successful animated films of all time. Walt Disney Studios is a unit of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), the world's foremost family entertainment company engaged in animated and live-action film and television production; cable and broadcast television; theme parks and resorts; character merchandise licensing; consumer products retailing; and book, magazine and music publishing.

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