Michelle & Greg Present:

In our exploration of this classic tale we will discover:

  • the original story

  • the Disney versions

  • the politically correct version

  • mass media versions

  • and the physiological view of the story

included will be a few conclusion questions to get an in depth feel of the story.

There is also a section to include your own comments about the story and the site, we'd love to hear your thoughts and concerns:)

The Original Story

The original tale was written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1837. The Emperors New Clothes is about


two weavers who promise an Emperor a new suit of clothes that is invisible to those unfit for their

positions, stupid, or incompetent. When the Emperor parades before his subjects in his new clothes, a c

hild cries out, "But he isn't wearing anything at all!" The tale has been translated into over a hundred languages but was originally written in Danish.

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The Disney Version

Kuzco is the selfish teenaged emperor of the Inca Empire. He summons Pacha, the leader of a nearby village, to inform him that he is building his enormous summer home, Kuzcotopia, on the site of Pacha's house, thus rendering Pacha and his family homeless. Pacha attempts to protest, but is dismissed. Kuzco's advisor Yzma and her dim-witted right-hand man Kronk then try to poison Kuzco so that Yzma can take control of the empire, but the supposed poison turns out to be a potion which turns Kuzco into a llama rather than killing him.


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Politically Correct?!

In this parody of The Emperors New Clothes, the well-known ending is not entirely changed. The outcome of it and moral of the story nonetheless do.The story ends with a pro-nudist twist, with the whole quickly deciding to adopt a clothing optional society. It makes the story unexpectedly funny and gives it a modern turn.

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Mass Media Versions:

Ruffus The Dog: Children's Show About Fairy Tales

In this notorious version of "The Emperor's New Clothes", Ruffus plays a dishonest tailor who takes advantage of

a less-than-wise Emperor, preying upon his ego and vanity, to sell him something less than he had before

- and more than his loyal subjects had bargained for. Features the song: "Emperor's New Clothes"


Physiological Anxieties:

This story basically allows the reader to follow the emperor on his journey to finding his faults. This teaches the reader that it is okay to be yourself and that you do not always have to be in the highest fashion to be yourself. In this story the emperor foolishly accepts to wear nothing just to be liked by his kingdom. This is similar to how children fall to peer pressure. In the end the king understands how foolish he has been introducing the idea that it is okay to be yourself in your own skin without being ashamed.

Critic Reviews:

"one of the most clever, most historical, fantasies to hit the screens in a long time" - Loren King, Broadway Actor, said about the Disney Movie. (MetaCritic)

"The story kept my attention as a child, it made me want to be in the court room with the king." - Emily Rosenstein of the New York Times when asked about her favorite fairytale which happened to be The Emperors New Clothes. (NYTimes)

"It was engaging, witty, and touching." - Anne Hornaday of the Washington Post said of the play version of this magical tale. (MetaCritic)

"Surprisingly sweet and gentle comedy." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times said of this enchanting story. (ChicagoSun)


Discussion Questions:

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