The Road to El Dorado

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Dreamworks SKG's second feature-length animated film blends comedy and drama in an unusual historical adventure. Two genial swindlers working as stable hands stow away with Cortez, the legendary Spanish conquistador, as he searches for El Dorado, the lost City of Gold. Luck smiles on the two con men, and they happen to find a settlement in Mexico that they believe is El Dorado; however, while the two exotic strangers are at first embraced by the Mayan people, they've also arrived just in time to be offered up as ...
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Dreamworks SKG's second feature-length animated film blends comedy and drama in an unusual historical adventure. Two genial swindlers working as stable hands stow away with Cortez, the legendary Spanish conquistador, as he searches for El Dorado, the lost City of Gold. Luck smiles on the two con men, and they happen to find a settlement in Mexico that they believe is El Dorado; however, while the two exotic strangers are at first embraced by the Mayan people, they've also arrived just in time to be offered up as the next human sacrifice. The Road to El Dorado was directed by Don Paul, who helmed the first DreamWorks animated feature, The Prince of Egypt; Will Finn, a featured animator on Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin; Bibo Bergeron, who worked on Ferngully: The Last Rainforest; and David Silverman. It features new songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, and the voice cast includes Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Rosie Perez, Edward James Olmos, and Armand Assante.
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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The Road to El Dorado is beset with bumps and curves. On the one hand, the animation is outstanding. Another plus: Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh are in their hammy element as the voices of con men Tulio and Miguel, a kind of 16th-century Hope and Crosby. On the other hand, the songs by Elton John and Tim Rice are not their finest, and the plot -- not unlike the old Hope and Crosby films -- won't win any awards. The bantering duo take advantage of a golden opportunity to become rich when they discover the mythical city of El Dorado and are mistaken for gods. Parents wondering how an animated movie earns a PG rating should take note of the intense encounters with supernatural beasts, skinny-dipping, human sacrifice, and the provocative figure of seductive villager Chel Rosie Perez. Mind you, she's got nothing on Dorothy Lamour.
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Daring to re-team after the disastrous Wild Wild West, this time with only their voices, Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh provide the lead vocal talent for another (south)western adventure, Dreamworks SKG's The Road to El Dorado. No one will confuse this with one of Disney's classics -- let's face it, the animation and the formula are the same -- but Elton John is on board with a few rousing songs, and for a minor flight of fancy released in March, it's not half bad. It's also working on levels that go deeper than the colorful and kiddie-friendly surface -- not only are the hapless adventurers cartoon homages to the Bob Hope-Bing Crosby series of "road" movies (Road to Zanzibar, The Road to Morocco, etc.), but they're characterized as ambiguously gay. It's these subtextual pleasures that elevate some animated films above the average kiddie fare. There are also a couple of clever sequences that rely on the "split-second timing" that only animation can provide, bringing to life vignettes in which Miguel and Tulio get themselves in and out of trouble in unusual ways. But as Disney continued raising the bar in animation (the deep canvas of Tarzan, the computer-generated creatures of Dinosaur), a film like The Road to El Dorado no longer registered as more than a blip on the cartoon continuum, especially without a memorable story or characters to prop it up. While still attractive, it also failed to advance the slick visual style of its Dreamworks predecessor, The Prince of Egypt.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/12/2000
  • UPC: 667068366938
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Dreamworks Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Kline Voice Only
Kenneth Branagh Voice Only
Rosie Perez Voice Only
Armand Assante Voice Only
Edward James Olmos Voice Only
Jim Cummings Voice Only
Frank Welker Voice Only
Tobin Bell Voice Only
Duncan Majoribanks Voice Only
Elijah Chiang Voice Only
Cyrus Shaki-Khan Voice Only
Elton John Voice Only
Gavin Greenaway Conductor
Rupert Gregson-Williams Conductor
Technical Credits
Bibo Bergeron Director
Don Paul Director
Claudio Acciari Animator
Manuel Almela Animator
Cinzia Angelini Animator
Dino Athanassiou Animator
Esther M. Barr Animator
Cecile Bender Animator
Benjamin Berkman Animator
Arnaud Berthier Animator
Delna Bhesania Producer
James Bird Animator
Torien Blackwolf Animator
Bonnie Blough Animator
David B. Boudreau Animator
Dan Boulos Animator
Brooke Breton Producer
Philippe Le Brun Animator
Juan J. Buhler Special Effects
Adam Burke Animator
Jennifer Cardon Animator
Rhett Collier Special Effects
Olivier Colpel Animator
Laura Criag Animator
Kent Culotta Animator
Bill Damaschke Executive Producer
Jose Luis De Juan Animator
Yann Delpuech Editor, Sound Editor, Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Duhatschek Animator
Ted Elliott Screenwriter
Rick Farmiloe Animator
James Farrington Animator
Leslee Feldman Casting
Catherine Feraday Animator
Bruce Ferriz Animator
Connánn Fitzpatrick Animator
Lionel Gallat Animator
Chuck Gefre Animator
Maximillan Graenitz Animator
Luis Grané Animator
Antony Gray Animator
Leonard Green Animator
Randall Hammond Special Effects
Brendan Harris Animator
Vicki Hiatt Editor
Jill Hopper Production Manager
Steve Horrocks Animator
Marylata E. Jacob Score Composer
Jakob Hjort Jensen Animator
Paul Jesper Animator
Bo Johannesson Animator
Elton John Score Composer, Songwriter
Fabrice Joubert Animator
Jeffrey Katzenberg Executive Producer
Dan Kessler Animator
Richard Sanguoon Kim Animator
Kelly Kimball Costumes/Costume Designer
Gregory King Sound/Sound Designer
Karey Kirkpatrick Screenwriter
Hael Kobayashi Production Manager
Marek Kochout Animator
Stephen Krauth Animator
Brad Kuha Animator
Dave Kupczyk Animator
Rachel Lagdao Animator
Paul Lasaine Art Director
Hock Lian Law Animator
Philip Lazebnik Screenwriter
Paul Lee Animator
Fabio Lignini Animator
Yancy Lindquist Animator
Denise Link Animator
Wendell Luebbe Art Director
David Lyons Animator
Rosanna Lyons Animator
Bob Lyss Animator
MaryAnn Malcomb Animator
Teresa Martin Animator
Tia Menich Production Manager
Samuel Michlap Art Director
Robert Milne Animator
Uriel Mimran Animator
Claire Morrissey Animator
Claude Morrissey Animator
Ken Morrissey Animator
Sylvia Muller Animator
Robert Naudon Animator
Mike Nguyen Animator
Kevin O'Hara Animator
Simon Otto Animator
Ameake Owens Animator
Tom Owens Animator
Jeffrey Patch Editor
Robert Paul Animator
Jane Poole Animator
John Powell Score Composer
Bonne Radford Producer
Pedro Ramos Animator
Dennis Recchia Animator
Jean-Francois Rey Animator
Olun Riley Animator
Pres Romanillos Animator
Terry Rossio Screenwriter
Scott Santoro Animator
Christian Schellewald Production Designer
Michael Schlingman Animator
Erik C. Schmidt Animator
Justin Schultz Animator
Bill Seneshen Special Effects
Kristof Serrand Animator
Michael Serrian Asst. Director
Herman Sharaf Animator
Emil Simeonov Animator
Bob Simmons Animator
Andrea Simonti Animator
Pat Sito Animator
Colin Sittig Animator
Sharon Smith Animator
Lynne Southerland Editor
Kathy St. German Animator
Brandt Stevens Makeup
Shauna Stevns Animator
Mark Swift Production Manager
Paul Teolis Animator
Jeff Topping Animator
Dimos Vrysellas Animator
Dan Wagner Animator
Eric Walls Animator
Alex Williams Animator
Claire Williams Animator
Scott Wright Animator
Raymond Zibach Art Director
Hans Zimmer Score Composer
Gabrielle Zuccheli Animator
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HILARIOUS!

    This movie is one of my all time favorites! It takes place in Spain, 1519. Tulio and Miguel, two Spanish men, start out by betting for gold. They win a map of El Dorado, instead. Soon afterward, the man whom they were betting with found out that they cheated. So they made up a plan of confusing the people that were there watching. Then they ran for it. They finally jumped into barrels and get carried away on a ship. At first, they can't get out, but then the heavy item keeping them in was removed. They open the barrels and soon realized that it was a mistake. They were put in the dungeon. After discussing ways to get out, they finally did it and get a rowboat. They reached an island, realized that it is the trail to El Dorado (the city of gold) and followed it. When they get there, they were with an Aztec tribe. While they are there, they are mistaken for gods. When they are shown to their temple, Chel, an Aztec girl, eavesdroped on Tulio and Miguel while they were discussing their plans. They let her in on the secret plan, and Tulio and Miguel played the part of gods until they carried out their plan. When they did, Tulio decides to go and Miguel decides to stay. Is their frendship going to end? I highly recommend this movie, for not only is it hilarious, it has outstanding music!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Favorite To Add To You List

    This movie is by far my favorite animated film. The whole thing is crammed full of humor, emotion, and amazing animation. The two main characters, Tulio and Miguel are the most amazing pals, and they make you laugh just about every other second. The music to this picture is an A+ soundtrack as well. I would recomend this movie to anyone, any age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Over and Over (and over again)

    My best friend and I watch this movie all the time, especially after a fight. I only gave it four stars because it has some boring parts, but it really helps remind us of who we are and why we're friends. The main characters are like us; they have their disagreements and everything, but they're still friends in the end (despite the chick sort of causing problems) and we know that we will be, too. I'd recommend it for everyone all the time. I love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So Totally Awesome

    This was an awesome movie. I laughed, I cried, but mostly I laughed. Chel is such a babe! Oh, and I love her outfits!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lots of laughs and so much more!

    A raucous comedy, buddy movie, and wild adventure all rolled into one! The three main characters are all very memorable(especially Miguel in my opinion!). Tulio's the humorous ''victim'' character with all the ideas, Miguel's the lovable dreamer and classic romantic, and Chel's the smartest of the three with a quick wit and sly personality. Their intellegent horse Altivo is always rolling his eyes at something his human companions do, and the fiesty armadillo Bibo is constantly getting in the way, yet helps the others save the day on accident several times. Also, there's the cruel, stoned faced Hernan Cortes, the wise, laid-back Chief Tannabok, and the psycotic high priest Tzekel-Khan. The humor? Mostly visual, some are comments made by the characters, and it still cracks me up after sitting through it over twenty times. One of the reoccurring gags are the girlish sqeals which the two male protagonists let out when startled (towards the end of the film they both scream like girls). Plus, nearly every situation they get into is filled with jokes. The Buddy aspect? Tulio and Miguel are such good buddies that there are some fans that want them to be a couple! They both bicker like siblings but care about one another so much that they give up there dreams of Gold and Glory just to remain friends. Also, no matter what they go through, they're always there to help eachother out. The action? Great! While most of the dangerous situations our ''heroes'' end up in are funny or adventurous, two of them keep you on the egde of your seat. One involves a huge stone jaguar controlled by Tzekel-Khan rampaging through El Dorado and over a lava field, chasing Miguel and Tulio. The other takes place at the film's climax when Tulio, Miguel, Chel, Altivo, and Bibo must ride a huge wave through a narrow, dangerous tunnel on their gold-filled getaway boat in order to crash through the gates of El Dorado and seal it off from Cortes and his army of conquistadors. What a great film, it's definately one you can watch several times and never get tired of it! I highly reccommend!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Miguel & Tulio take the road to El Dorado in The Road to El Dorado

    The year is 1519. Two con men gets kid napped and brought on a boat. The names are Tulio and Miguel. Tulio (Kevin Kline) and Miguel (Kennth Branagh) win a map to El Dorado. And they are taken on a boat. They escape from the boat. And Miguel still has the map. So they set a new plan to find El Dorado and take all the gold and get back to Spain and run Spain themselves. But once their, they are mistaken for gods. Soon a girl (Roise Perez) finds out they are not really gods. They decide to have a boat built for them to take the gold back to Spain. The songs are mostly sung by Elton John. Other voices include Stand and Deliver's Eward James Olmos as the cheif. Warning to parents the movie is rated PG for some bad words.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Movie sence the Little Mermaid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The Road to El Dorado is the movie to see! All you have to do is just listen to the music. It is a classical tale of two Spanish explorers looking for the city of gold, El Dorado. The tale begins at Spain. Tulio and Migulo are winning a game and are about to leave but there friend has a map to El Dorado he soon loses to them. Then they make their get away winding up on a ship thats keeping them hostage. Thats were their adventure begins.

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