Going against the Disney norm, this film is not deluged with musical numbers every few minutes--though at a humorous high point, Yzma's henchman Kronk (Patrick Warburton) is sent on a secret mission whereupon, creeping from the palace, he provides his own theme music. When he has to freeze to remain undetected, he is still audibly holding a note as people walk by.
Even in animation, the formula that has worked over and over for David Spade--the incongruous pairing of "fatty and skinny," as he has been known to term it--is employed to great success in Disney's seriously revamped film, formerly known by the more portentous title "Kingdom of the Sun." After cutting out a few characters, drastically changing the plotline and dropping several songs, the result is genuinely a new groove with a humorous, feel-good twist. Voiced by David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt and Patrick Warburton. Directed by Mark Dindal. Written by David Reynolds. Produced by Randy Fullmer. A Buena Vista release. Family. Rated G. 79 min.