Kingdom of the Sun is the original version of The Emperor's New Groove, directed by Roger Allers.
- Owen Wilson as Pacha
- David Spade as Manco
- Eartha Kitt as Yzma
- Harvey Fierstein as Huaca
- Laura Prepon as Nina
- Carla Gugino as Mata
Prince Manco switches places with a llama herder named Pacha. A witch named Yzma figured it out and turned Manco into a llama. She later decides to blot the sun into darkness with the darkness god Supai.
Why It Was Cancelled
- Test audiences didn’t like the Prince & the Pauper storyline and how dark some of the story is.
- Some felt Sting's songs were too experimental.
- Roger Allers stepped down from director since he didn't have enough time to complete his film with a set date for December 2000 as a way of merchandise deals. Had he been given enough time, it would have been released sometime in 2003.
- Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame weren't financially successful.
- Roger Allers would later co-direct Open Season in 2006.
- Mark Dindal became the new director and made The Emperor's New Groove, released in December 2000.
- The tone changed from a typical Disney musical with sprinkles of Incan culture to a slapstick comedy akin of Looney Tunes.
- Owen Wilson was replaced by John Goodman to voice Pacha as the character is older in the final film.
- Yzma isn't a darkness seeking witch and just a mad scientist.
- Sting's old songs are scrapped with new ones made for the retool.
- Manco was renamed Kuzco because the earlier means "vagina" in Japanese and "bad movie" in Turkish.
- The version is showcased in the 2002 documentary "The Sweatbox".
- Harvey Fierstein, Laura Prepon and Carl Gugino's characters and lines were scrapped.