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The Perfect World Begins And Ends

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"Cuz the perfect world begins and ends with," sings the theme song singer, "Me" (Emperor’s New Groove)! answers Emperor Kuzko as he points to his face with both index fingers. In The Emperor’s New Groove, Kuzko’s view of the meaning of the universe is apparent in the movie’s first lines. The universe revolves around whoever sits on the emperor's chair. As the story unfolds, an entire worldview is explored. The Emperor’s New Groove displays an unbiblical worldview of moral truths and classic myths.
The opening song of The Emperor’s New Groove displays the main character’s personality and nature. Emperor Kuzko is an arrogant, egocentric man. At the closing of the song, the Incan Emperor summons Pacha, the burly headman of a nearby village on the outskirts of town. Nonchalantly, he announces the he is demolishing Pacha's house for the construction of his summer home Kuzkotopia. Enraged, Pacha protests and is dismissed. Moments later, Kuzko catches his longtime advisor, the ancient, power-hungry Ezma, sitting on his throne. He callously fires her for attempting to run the kingdom. Livid, Ezma takes her naive right-hand man Kronk to her secret lair where she begins plotting the Emperor’s death to take full control of the kingdom. The wrong poison is served to Kuzko and his body transforms into a llama instead of instantly dying. Ezma commands Kronk to dispose of Kuzko. When Kronk is about to kill Kuzko, his mythical shoulder angels intervene. Accidentally, Kronk drops Kuzko onto Pacha's cart and he ends up at the top of Pacha's middle-of-nowhere village. Stranded in the jungle, his only chance to reclaim his throne rests in the hands of good-hearted Pacha. The journey back to the village with trials and tribulation change Kuzko forever. In the end, he is a selfless young man that justly rules the universe.
The nature of The Emperor’s New Groove’s universe is somewhat displayed and partly a mystery. A creator or creation is never addressed. The Incans’ may have surfaced by a Big Bang or developed by a slow evolutionary process, but the authors do not deem this aspect of the universe important. On the contrary, the Biblical worldview states that, "In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1 ESV). Creation opens the Bible in Genesis. The Lord places tremendous importance on creation whereas the movie does not even address the matter. The origin of the Incan universe remains a mystery. The unseen and seen realms are briefly displayed. Unseen matter such as the classic "Shoulder Angels" exist. The supernatural enters the real world at one's time of distress. For example, when Kronk is contemplating whether or not to murder Kuzko, his shoulder angels intervene; whereas, God’s Word has an entire unseen realm with angels, demons, and the devil. The Bible has over one hundred verses about angels alone. The unseen portion of The Emperor’s New Groove offers insufficient information to determine whether the universe is unbiblical or...

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