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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
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The film shares several attributes of its namesake, the "Road" comedies made famous by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby during the 1940s (which helps explain anachronisms such as shared language, pop culture references and lack of historical accuracy). In homage to the veteran comedians, during the song "It is Tough to be a God", Tulio and Miguel look into a rippling bowl of liquid. The reflection of Miguel briefly takes on the pronounced ears of Bing Crosby while the reflection of Tulio morphs into the distinctive profile of Bob Hope. See more »
Tulio mentions how they are now richer than the King of Spain. In 1519, there was no title 'King of Spain' The man who ruled Spain, Charles V, was known as the Holy Roman Emperor and ruled Spain as King of Aragon, Castile and Léon. The title 'King of Spain' was not used until Charles' son, Philip, became king in 1556. See more »
What's happening here?
We're both in barrels. That's the extent of my knowledge.
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Bibo the armadillo appears under the Directed By credit chasing two butterflies, catching one, and then eating it. 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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