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5 Movies like The Emperor’s New Groove: Animated Buddy Movies

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JoshWe all love our buddies right? These movies like ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’ are no different. The film follows an arrogant Emperor who is turned into a llama by an evil witch. Scared and lost he must team with Pacha, a kind hearted peasent to find his way back to the throne. ~ Josh Sammons

Movies Similar to ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’

This article recommends an underrated title, a must-see title, an unknown title, an ‘if you like, you will like’ title and an unexpected title so you have different options when it comes to choosing your next movie to watch.



‘The Road to El Dorado’ (Bibo Bergeron, Will Finn, Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Silverman, Don Paul, 2000)

Starting off the list of animated buddy movies we have ‘The Road to El Dorado’, an animated movie about two con-men who find themselves on a massive journey after they get their hands on the legendary map that leads to El Dorado, famed for its masses of gold.

Similarity Match: 80%
Gold standard animation.



‘Toy Story 2’ (John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon, 1999)

The loveable toys are back for another adventure. This time it’s Woody that needs rescuing after falling into the hands of a sleazy toy seller who plans on selling the valuable cowboy. Buzz and the gang set out to rescue their buddy before it’s too late.’Toy Story 2′ proved to be a very successful, much loved sequel to the ground-breaking original.

Similarity Match: 70%
The toys are alive… again.



‘Shark Tale’ (Bibo Bergeron, Rob Letterman, Vicky Jenson, 2004)

Shark Tale’ is the largely forgotten animated adventure about a small fish who gets thrown into the spotlight after he is found at the scene of where a shark had been killed. Taking the credit for it proves to be a bad idea, as the sharks father that happens to be a gangster comes looking for revenge.

Similarity Match: 65%
Underwater animated adventure.



‘Iron Giant’ (Brad Bird, 1999)

Now for an unexpected friendship, as a young boy befriends a giant robot that crashlands from outter space. Together they must foil a number of government officials in order to get the robot home. ‘Iron Giant’ is a massively feel good, modern day animated classic.

Similarity Match: 70%
Sad, funny… magical.


If You Like ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’, You Will Like

‘Aladdin’ (Ron Clements, John Musker, 1992)

Aladdin’ is seen as one of the movies that revived Disney after they were floundering for quite sometime. It follows a lowly peasent and his monkey friend Abu who find themselves in danger after being pursued by the evil Jafar who wants him to locate a powerful lamp which holds a gennie inside. Robin Williams by far steals the film as the gennie as he showcases his many talents as a voice and comedic actor.

Similarity Match: 70%
A Robin Williams masterclass.


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This is my list for animated buddy films like ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’. Do you agree with the list or am I missing any other classics?

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