Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove was first released on December 15, 2000.
This film was originally planned to have been a dramatic, sweeping Disney musical named “Kingdom of the Sun”, to be directed by The Lion King (1994) director Roger Allers and Mark Dindal, director of Turner’s Cats Don’t Dance (1997), with six original songs written by Sting, that was essentially an Incan re-telling of Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper.
The resulting film tested very poorly, and the production was suspended, even though the film was 50% complete. During the production hiatus, Dindal, producer Randy Fullmer, story man Chris Williams, and screenwriter David Reynolds completely overhauled the film, eventually throwing out Wilson, the Prince and the Pauper angle, the completed footage, and all but one of Sting’s songs. (x)