During-Credits-Blooper: Malina is holding a squirrel instead of a scroll.
Running Gags Throughout The Series:
1) Yzma or someone else says "Pull the lever, Kronk" and something happens to them but not Kronk. This was also done in the movies.
2) Someone is talking to Kuzco, then Kuzco becomes distracted and ignores what they're saying.
3) Yzma goes over a strange plan for Kuzco to fail, and tries something else. This was in the movie as well.
In the scene where Yzma is sawing off the tree branch, she has no lipstick on.
The beginning segment was almost identical to the opening segment in the original movie.
There is a game on the official website that goes along with this episode.
Kuzco: (as a rabbit) Hey, Malina. I didn't get an answer about Friday night.
Malina: Uh, Kuzco? Have you, uh, seen yourself lately?
Kuzco: (as a rabbit) Well, I'm always to admired my handsome... face?! I'm an ugly rabbit! Rabbit face! It's just not my face, it's all of me! I'm a rabbit with an ugly rabbit face!
Kuzco: (as a rabbit) Malina? So, you come to laugh like everyone else, right? Rabbit face? (laughs sarcastically) Yeah.
Malina: Hey, I wouldn't laugh at your rabbit face. Your Kuzco face is funny enough.
Kuzco: This is Kuzco Academy. You never believe it but that sad rabbit you're looking at was one of students here. Not just any student neither. That student was an emperor. My name's Kuzco and I am that sad rabbit.
Kronk: Ya know I could just run the race. There is really no need to go to all this trouble.
Yzma: Then what will I do for the rest of the show?
(15 second pause)
Yzma: How can I make Kuzco lose the race? Oh I know. First I'll turn him into a hippopotamus. Then I'll put the hippo on a diet. Then I'll invite him to dinner. And then I'll feed him and feed him and feed him until he gets so big, he can't even move. It's brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!
Kuzco: And Yzma's got a little help. Actually a big help. Kronk.
Kronk: Once Kuzco fails school I'll become-- Uh, wait. What will I become?
Kuzco: I'm going to bed. Goodnight. (Kuzco walks up the stairs and we hear) Waaaaah! What am I going to do? I'm a loser. Loser-face. Waaaaaaaaaah!
Kuzco: (Overvoice) Someone is trying to make sure I fail. Yzma, the wrinkled ugly one. OK. I added the "wrinkled ugly one" part.
Yzma: Once Kuzco fails school, I'll become empress. (Does an evil laugh, coughs and her teeth fall out)
(Kuzco jumps over a large gap, hits the Finsh Line Tarp, goes all the way back to the palace and lands in the fountain. The fountain squirts him in front of the finish line)
Yzma: You've got to be kidding.
Pacha: Kronk, is there a reason you stopped by?
(After Kuzco lands in the fountain)
Kuzco: Look, my butt's in the fountain.
(Stopping the screen, Kuzco comes out with a red marker.)
Kuzco: Hey, hi there. Okay, Principal Amzy here is actually the evil Yzma in disguise. A-M-Z-Y. Y-Z-M-A. Like no one's going to figure that one out.
Yzma: Pull the lever, Kronk!
(Kronk pulls the lever and a giant hand smashes Yzma)
The music that plays during Kuzco's training montage is recycled from House of Mouse (it is titled "Stay Tuned" on that show's soundtrack).
Kuzco and Pacha have different Voice Actors than the ones that were in the two movies.
There was a special week-in-advance premiere of this episode for people who have Disney On-Demand.
This episode was part of Disney Channel's Royal Night of Premieres which featured other royalty-related shows and movies.
Mr. Moleguaco's name is almost a switch of the word "guacamole". Interestingly enough, it dates from the Aztecs, not the Incas.
The name Kuzco is a play off of the word Cusco, a town in Peru 70 kilometers southeast of the infamous Machu Peccu, a modern wonder of the world.
Many of the jokes--Kuzco stopping the film and scribbling over the screen, the "wrong lever" bit, and Kronk's potion mix up--are lifted straight from The Emperor's New Groove.
There is a scene when Kuzco is training and he is using a rope and tree branches as leverage to lift Tipo and Chacha on bags. This is very similar to a scene in Disney/Pixar's The Incredibles where Mr. Incredible is training the same way, only using trains.
Kuzco's rabbit form looks very similar to Rabbit from The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh.
The repetitive use of these phrases in an argument is an allusion to a famous argument from the original movie.
The scene where Kuzco goes to make a huge jump across a canyon is an allusion to a scene from Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron.
Title: Rabbit Face
This is an allusion to a line used in the movie The Emperor's New Groove. Kuzco complained about having a "llama face" when he was turned into a llama.