The Emperor's New Groove is a tragically overlooked Disney movie, but an eagle-eyed Redditor has spotted a surprisingly brutal moment in the hilarious Aztec adventure that has gone even more unnoticed.
Although the scene is question is only a few split seconds looks, when you think of the nature of the movie and how much shapeshifting occurs, it's impossible not to agree with lish_94's theory that a tiny fly's death is potentially way more harrowing that we initially imagined...
Remember when the llama emperor Kuzco wanders into the totally unthreatening jungle alone as night is rapidly drawing in? The only sign of life that he sees (apart from the array of eerie eyes, of course!) at first is a fly who has a very, very brief cameo...
...Before being entrapped in a spider's web and screaming 'help meeee' before being mercilessly devoured.
Of course, spider's chow down on flies in the corner of our bedroom window frames on the daily without us batting an eyelid, but it's the context of the movie that makes this scene darker than we initially imagined.
You see, the only animals we see in The Emperor's New Groove who are able to speak are the ones who were originally human - think Yzma in her cat form and, of course, Kuzco himself.
Other animals such as the squirrel we see later in the scene can only attempt to communicate in a variety of squeaks as opposed to language, but fact the fly clearly speaks suggests the doomed creature was probably human at one point.
Which might suggest why Kuzco reacts with such absolute horror when he see's the fly get eaten and says that it was the freakiest thing he'd ever seen.
From the way he looks up in dismay, it's suggested that Kuzco can understand the fly's cries for help, but whether or not he realizes that it is potentially a person in the same situation as him is up for debate.
Check out the entire clip for yourself below and see what you make of the situation:
I would say I can think of worse ways to go, but I really, really can't. I just hope that fly was an asshole in its human life!