The Road to El Dorado

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The Road to El Dorado
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Genre: Animated
Directed By: Don Paul
Eric "Bibo" Bergeron
Additional Sequences:
Will Finn
David Silverman
Produced By: Brook Breton
Bonne Radford
Written By: Ted Elliott
Terry Rossio
Additional Dialogue:
Karey Kirkpatrick
Starring: Kevin Kline
Kenneth Branagh
Rosie Perez
Armand Assante
Edward James Olmos
Jim Cummings
Distributed By: DreamWorks Pictures
Release Date: March 31, 2000
Runtime: 89 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $95 million
Box Office: $76.4 million
Sequel: The Road to El Dorado 2

The Road to El Dorado is a 2000 American animated adventure musical fantasy comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation.


Two con-men (Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh) get hold of a map to the lost City of Gold, El Dorado. After stowing away onto one of the ships of the Spanish explorer Cortez, the pair escapes and eventually do find the city. There, a priest (Armand Assante) proclaims them to be gods in a scheme to win control of the city for himself. Meanwhile, they meet a beautiful girl (Rosie Perez) who helps them in their ruse.

Why It Rocks

  1. Decent story.
  2. The animation is pretty good and that the gold looked like actual gold.
  3. Tulio, Miguel and Altivo are funny and likable characters.
  4. A lot of funny moments.
  5. Some of the songs such as "Friends Never Say Goodbye" are pretty catchy.
  6. Amazing voice acting by Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh.
  7. The movie is highly quotable, to the same extent of Shrek. Quotes include "On the one hard, gold. On the other hand, painful agonizing failure!", "HOLY SHIP!" and "The stars are not in position for this tribute!"
  8. Some of Miguel and Tulio's dialogue was improvised, such as where Tulio asked "Where are the pickles?"
  9. Tobin Bell got to voice Zaragota in the opening before he became famous for Saw.
  10. Jim Cummings was a placeholder for voicing Cortes but his work is so good, the crew kept him as Cortes' voice actor.
  11. The innuendos aren't as jarring as Antz.
  12. The emphasis of humor and wackiness is quite ahead of it's time given the success of the similarly themed Shrek.
  13. Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh got to record their lines together, making the characters' show some chemistry.

Bad Qualities

  1. Some forgettable songs.
  2. Some of the humor is rather weak and unfunny.
  3. Thin plot.
  4. The scene in which Chel is making out with Tulio is very suggesting and really innapropiate for a children's movie, given the sexual innuendo behind it. And judging by Chel's position while having fun with Tulio, it seems that her face was behind Tulio's. Really, it looks that the censors decided to take the day off when they should have checked this scene.
  5. Tzekel-Kan's insistence to sacrifice many Mayans for their gods starts to look boring every time he brings it up, which makes Miguel firing him from his position very satisfying.
  6. The movie was DreamWorks Animation's first financial flop, causing the studio to start discontinuing traditional animation after 2003.
  7. The CGI is at its most obvious when looking at the gold during the climax.