The Sweatbox: Watch Trudie Styler's Disney Documentary Here
Trudie Styler's Doco of Kingdom of the Sun (The Emperor's New Groove) Goes Online... for Now
Disney hired Sting to provide the music for a project called Kingdom of the Sun in 1997. Part of the deal was that Trudie Styler, Sting's wife (and part of all those tantric sex rumors), would be able to shoot a documentary on the making of the film.
Kingdom of the Sun painfully transformed into 2000's The Emperor's New Groove, and Trudie Styler's film, The Sweatbox, completed in 2002, was buried for over a decade.
You can watch the entire film below: it's both hilarious and heartbreaking. You can see the collision of bureaucracy and artistry inherent in any studio film project played out in The Sweatbox, as it has been played out countless times before, and as it's being played out even now.
We won't be the first to say it, but you will have no doubt as to why Disney needs Pixar to handle animated films these days.
The film not only captures the tortured morphing of the Kingdom of the Sun into The Emperor’s New Groove, it also serves as an invaluable historical document about Disney’s animation operations in the late-1990s.
(The Sweatbox is feature-length, so pull up a chair)