Recap: Before Disney’s the Emperor’s New Groove was a thing, Disney studios spent years working on a motion picture called Kingdom of the Sun. Like the Disney “Renaissance” cartoons which preceded it, Kingdom of the Sun was to be a sweeping musical epic. Though there are many variations of the story, given it went through so many drafts, the following plot is one I pieced together myself from everything they did.
Set in the Inca Empire, Kingdom of the Sun features a selfish young emperor named Manco and a peasant boy named Pacha. Taking its inspiration from Mark Twain’s “the Prince and the Pauper,” the emperor and peasant meet and, upon realizing their nearly identical appearances, switch places so Pacha can do the emperor’s work while the emperor relaxes. Meanwhile, the evil sorceress Yzma plots to summon Supai, Inca god of the underworld and darkness, to block out the sun so it will cease her aging. It will shroud the world in darkness and rid the empire of Manco, as an Inca Emperor was seen to be a son of Inti, the sun god. Yzma learns about Manco and Pacha switching places and uses it to her advantage. Turning the real emperor into a llama, she is able to threaten and control the fake emperor so she might enact her plan. On the journey, Manco meets a llama herder named Mata who helps him in his plight and also teaches him humility. Pacha meets a woman named Nina who was once a possible bride choice for the real Emperor. The plot unfolds in a story of chaos, love, magic, and music.
…but production shut down so the film never happened.
As a fan of both Kingdom of the Sun and the Emperor’s New Groove, I sought to create a fake “soundtrack” for the film. It is a compilation of music collected from Kingdom of the Sun, the Emperor’s New Groove, as well as songs and scores from other musicals and movies, all arranged to the tell the story earlier described. Limiting myself to using songs that had a “Disney” feel while ensuring they also fit the moment and matched the characters, as well as give life to new ones, I strove to re-create the story as best I could through pre-existing music.
Track list and moment summaries are under the cut! However, you can follow story without the descriptions (some of them are SILLY because I am silly goose), but I’ve typed them up here in case you’re curious about a particular moment/track.