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Rarely seen documentary THE SWEATBOX looks into the rough production of THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE

Joshua Brunsting

March 23rd, 2012

Throughout the history of animated films, there have been as many failures or salty productions as there have been mind blowing successes.  One of those successes is the film we would later come to know and love called THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE.

Originally titled KINGDOM OF THE SUN, the film was set to be helmed by Roger Allers, with musician Sting offering up six songs for the score.  Well, when early tests were lower than expected, Mark Dindal came aboard the project, and after a denial of an extension, Allers left the film.  Fast forward, and as the animators had just gotten off their new assignment on FANTASIA 2000, they all headed back, reworked the film entirely, and came up with the final film as we know it now.

All of this has been well documented online and through first hand stories, but thanks to YouTube, a feature length documentary from Sting’s wife, Trudie Styler, has hit the web, looking into the production.  Entitled THE SWEATBOX, the film has yet to enjoy an official release by Disney, although the film played TIFF in 2002, but until now it has been nearly impossible to find. Enjoy!

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