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The Road to El Dorado (2000)

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Two swindlers get their hands on a map to the fabled city of gold, El Dorado.

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Bibo Bergeron (as Eric 'Bibo' Bergeron), Don Paul | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Terry Rossio (screenplay), Ted Elliott (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kevin Kline ... Tulio (voice)
Kenneth Branagh ... Miguel (voice)
Rosie Perez ... Chel (voice)
Armand Assante ... Tzekel-Kan (voice)
Edward James Olmos ... Chief (voice)
Jim Cummings ... Cortes (voice)
Frank Welker ... Altivo (voice)
Tobin Bell ... Zaragoza (voice)
Duncan Marjoribanks Duncan Marjoribanks ... Acolyte (voice)
Elijah Chiang Elijah Chiang ... Kid #1 (voice)
Cyrus Shaki-Khan Cyrus Shaki-Khan ... Kid #2 (voice)
Elton John ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

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>

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


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

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Official Sites:

DreamWorks SKG

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Dorado See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,846,652, 2 April 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$50,863,742

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,529,181
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The aesthetics of El Dorado and its inhabitants are a mixture of different prehispanic cultures of Central America, in order to avoid connecting El Dorado to any particular geographical place. So, the buildings and temples are a composition of the Mixteco city of Mitla, in modern Oaxaca, Mexico, and the Mayan city of the Palenque. The features of the locals are distinctly Mayan, as well the murals and the Xibalba tradition. The weapons, attires and human sacrifices customs are mostly of Aztec origin. Curiously, even though the inspiration comes from Central and Southern Mexico, the most widely accepted location for the real El Dorado legend was the Amazonian rain forest. See more »

Goofs

When Miguel and Tulio start into the jungle, neither of them are wearing shoes. During the montage they are both seen wearing shoes again. See more »

Quotes

Tulio: I will give you the honor of a quick and painless death.
[Grabs tiny dagger, looks at it]
Tulio: But not with that.
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Bibo the armadillo appears under the Directed By credit chasing two butterflies, catching one, and then eating it. See more »

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

Soundtracks

Without Question
Music by Elton John
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Performed by Elton John
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The Road to El Dorado...hooked from start to finish.
24 September 2000 | by qball_82See all my reviews

What can I say? The Road to El Dorado kept me hooked right from the very start, proving to be an amazing adventure filled with action, comedy, color, breath-taking imagery and music. After The Prince of Egypt, I wasn't too keen on another Dreamworks animated film. Don't ask me why, but Prince of Egypt just failed to reel me in. El Dorado on the other hand has restored my faith in the studio.

I'll keep this short and to the point. El Dorado seemed to deliver the goods in every aspect. The music was great and certainly enhanced the mood and scene, Tim Rice and Elton John did a fantastic job with the instrumental score. The characterisation was done quite well, and you could really sense the strong friendship that Tulio and Miguel had with one another. Chel was also a character favorite of mine, and Rosie Perez did a great job providing her voice! The artwork was also exceptionally good, with the colorful Mayan themes and designs providing an amazing backdrop for the story. Of course the film is not without its fair share of eye-candy, the special effects were excellent and Dreamworks didn't go overboard with them. The story was also a nice change. For once it wasn't the tired, rigid old formula of "good guys meet bad guys, conflict, defeat bad guys and everyone's happy". I mean..sure everyone is happy in the end...and there is the token good guy VS bad guy routine but Dreamworks seemed to mince it up somewhat and introduce all-new elements.

Surely it has its flaws, you say. Well in all honesty, I'm hard pressed coming up with any. I didn't exactly love the character design for Tulio and Miguel but that's just being incredibly petty....

All in all, The Road to El Dorado was very refreshing and a welcome change from the usual Disney-formula-based feature. As for comparisons and similarities with the "brilliance of Disney", I believe that there is no need for that talk. I ask you, why do we need more Disney? The Road to El Dorado shines in a light all of its own.


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