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I guess you can’t exactly give animated characters names like Steve or Jennifer. But I’m thinking that Kuzco, Kronk, Pacha, and Yzma—courtesy of Disney’s latest, The Emperor’s New Groove—are a bit too creative—even for a generation used to squealing “Pikachu” whenever a random yellow object is in sight. Still, after the movie, Junior will probably want to cuddle up with his Smart Talkin’ Emperor Kuzco, and you might just find yourself typing messages like “I’ll pay $100 for a Kronk!” while doing last-minute Christmas shopping online. (Because, you know, dalmatians and Frenchified Rugrats are so two weeks ago. I can’t wait to have kids. Really.) Any child who can appreciate the sarcasm of David Spade (Kuzco) or the half-witted monotone of Patrick Warburton (Kronk, better known as Puddy to Seinfeld fans), though, deserves all the toys he can get his grubby little hands on. John Goodman as kindhearted villager Pacha brings the morals to this story, and Eartha Kitt is the voice of bitchy, power-hungry Yzma, who likes to trade in her companions for newer models every few years (gotta throw in some humor for the grown-ups, I guess). The Emperor’s New Groove doesn’t have the rapid-fire wit of Aladdin or the graceful animation of The Lion King, but with Tom Jones as a bouffanted Theme-Song Guy and a main character who says things like “Trot out the ladies!” it’ll have you stopping at Toys R Us soon enough. At area theaters; see Showtimes for details. (Tricia Olszewski)