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The Road to El Dorado (2000)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  31 March 2000 (USA)
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Two swindlers get their hands on a map to the fabled city of gold, El Dorado.


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Complete credited cast:
Tulio (voice)
Miguel (voice)
Chel (voice)
Tzekel-Kan (voice)
Chief (voice)
Cortes (voice)
Altivo (voice)
Zaragoza (voice)
Duncan Marjoribanks ...
Acolyte (voice)
Elijah Chiang ...
Kid #1 (voice)
Cyrus Shaki-Khan ...
Kid #2 (voice)
Narrator (voice)


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 <paolo@bluesky-vifx.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They came for the gold... they stayed for the adventure

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic material and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 March 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El camino hacia El Dorado  »

Box Office


$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,846,652 (USA) (31 March 2000)


ESP 337,196,140 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


[the natives are throwing the gold over the cliff]
Tulio: Uh, Chel... what are they doing?
Chel: [exasperated] They're sending it to Xibalba! The spirit world!
Tulio: Spirit... world...
Chel: I'll take care of it.
[sidling up to the Chief]
Chel: Uh, Chief? The gods have changed their minds about Xibalba. They wish to bask in the glory that has been shown them.
Chief: STOP!
[the natives stop; a gold plate rolls toward the cliff and Tulio stops it with his foot]
Chief: They wish to bask! Take the tribute to the gods' temple!
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Crazy Credits

Bibo the armadillo appears under the Directed By credit chasing two butterflies, catching one, and then eating it. See more »


Featured in Animation Lookback: DreamWorks Animation Part 1 (2010) See more »


Someday Out of the Blue (Theme From El Dorado)
Music by Elton John and Patrick Leonard
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Performed by Elton John
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People are Missing the Most Important Point.
10 July 2002 | by (Atlanta) – See all my reviews

Of course, i was missing it too, until about fifteen minutes in.

Okay -- the title is "THE ROAD TO El Dorado" Hands up, everyone with whom that rings a bell.


Okay -- its stars are two fast-talking con men who get out of trouble by faking fights with each other,and who *almost* play pattycake at a point.

Still no bells ringing?

How about if i point out that, at one point, our heroes' images are briefly morphed into the faces of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby for about two frames?


This is a tribute to/animated version of those hilarious (if you're in the right frame of mind) "B" comedies starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby (and Dorothy Lamour in a sarong -- does Chel look any more familiar, now?), all of which were entitled "The Road to..." somewhere or other.

Nothing in them was meant to be taken seriously, and very little in this film is.

I have to agree with a number of reviewers who say, with varying degrees of indignation, that this is not a kids' film.


It wasn't meant to be. It was meant to ba a general-audience, PG-rated film.

WILL you people PLEASE get it through your heads that "animated" does not, necessarily, equal "kids' movie"?

Animation is just another film-making technique, to be used to make any kind of film the animator wants to make, and if you think that animation is automatically for kids, check out... oh, say... "Akira" or "Fantastic Planet" or "Heavy Metal".

"Road to El Dorado" is an excellent all-ages film, (with the caveat that is IS a PG-rated one, and that you ought to think about what you want your kids to watch) and anyone who sees anything bad or prurient in the scenes that everyone has been complaining about should take a close look at themselves...

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