The sailor of legend is framed by the goddess Eris for the theft of the Book of Peace, and must travel to her realm at the end of the world to retrieve it and save the life of his childhood friend Prince Proteus.
The story is about two swindlers who get their hands on a map to the fabled city of gold, El Dorado while pulling off some sort of scam. Their plan goes bad and the rogues end up lost at sea after a number of misfortunes. Oddly enough, they end up on the shores of El Dorado and are worshiped by the natives for their foreign appearance. Written by
Paolo Costabel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A series of sequels featuring Miguel, Tulio, Chel, Altivo and even the armadillo going after other legends about gold was planned, similar to the Shrek (2001) series, but following the disappointing box-office results they were immediately canceled. See more »
After Tulio and Miguel arrive in El Dorado Miguel's earrings disappear and reappear between shots. See more »
Every new animated film seems to break new ground in technique and execution. Technology and computers have brought animation to new heights of excellence.
"The Road to El Dorado" is no exception.
There is a scene in which Cortez' ship is bearing down on the boat that Tulio (voice of Kevin Kline) and Miguel (voice of Kenneth Branagh) are escaping in -- Miguel looks up and, just before their boat is capsized, yells "HOLY SHIP!"
Some parents grabbed their children and stormed out of the theater because of what they THOUGHT they heard. If you are going to watch a movie -- PLEASE pay attention and do not jump to erroneous conclusions.
The soundtrack with music by (Sir) Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice has Oscar nomination written all over it.
Rosie Perez as 'Chel' is magnificent -- giving just the right amount of innuendo (so the parents will get it) without it being blatantly obvious. She is great -- but then I have always liked her.
There is a hint of "Shangri-La" about this film...
All too rare for an animated film "The Road to El Dorado" has a cohesive story and a real plot.
While it does drag a bit at times the music helps to move the story along and is always a pleasant diversion.
Some of the story was fairly predictable. However, I was wondering right up to the conclusion just how this fable would end.
I was pleasantly surprised.
It was all wrapped up in a neat package complete with a bow.
Of course it left a sequel wide open.
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