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In its third foray into animated features, DreamWorks came up with something unfortunate: the routine animated picture. Plagued with production problems (it was originally conceived as a mold-breaking PG-13 adventure), the likable film is a Hope/Crosby-style road picture about two scalawags who stumble upon the Latin American paradise of El Dorado, the mythical city with riches of gold. Kenneth Branagh and Kevin Kline are quite fun as Miguel and Tuilo, two Spanish con artists who are shipwrecked in the New World with a scene-stealing horse. The pair follow a map to the secret city where their loyalty will be tested: do they return home rich men or continue to live in this paradise? Of course there are some obstacles: a high priest (Armand Assante) is locked in a power struggle with the benevolent chief (Edward James Olmos) and the perfunctory girlfriend (Rosie Perez) puts the two friends at odds. Like too many of the animated features of its time,The Road to El Doradoimpresses only on a visual level (it's drenched in gorgeous greens and golds). The story and Elton John's songs are quite forgettable; only Branagh and Kline's playful banter keeps the film alive. The PG rating is for some bare backsides and a suggestion of off-screen sex that should soar right over the little ones' heads. Slick and light, it's a fine 83-minute entertainment for ages 5 and up, including the nondiscriminating adult.--Doug Thomas
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CastKenneth Branagh, Elton John, Frank Welker, Tobin Bell, Jim Cummings, Kevin Kline, Rosie Perez, Armand Assante, Edward James Olmos, Duncan Majoribanks, Elijah Chiang
DirectorWill Finn, David Silverman, Bibo Bergeron, Don Paul, Jeffrey Katzenberg
Genre:  Family
Release Date:  2000
MPAA Rating:  PG
Screen WriterKarey Kirkpatrick, Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott
DVD Release Date:  October 26, 2004
Runtime:  89 minutes
Studio:  Dreamworks Video
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review by . May 03, 2009
I took my kids to see it and they liked it. They had also liked Cats Don't Dance which I hated but found superior to this film.     Other than some dazzling visual effects, this movie was painful to watch. The movie was flawed. It looked like it only took them a day to get from Spain to South America. Tulio and Miguel swindle a treasure map and then end up on the same boat with their victims. How come the map is not taken back from them when they are imprisioned? How do they …
review by . February 16, 2006
I really enjoyed watching "The Road to El Dorado." It's full of adventure that every young boy enjoys to watch. Unfortunately, I'm almost thirty, and the real reason I bought this flick was for my four-year-old daughter to enjoy. She liked it well enough, but it has many themes in it that are a little bit over her young head. Also, there are a couple of words in it(hell and crap), that some parents may not want their youngsters hearing.    That being said, this is a great film …
review by . January 24, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
I took my kids to see it and they liked it. They had also liked Cats Don't Dance which I hated but found superior to this film.    Other than some dazzling visual effects, this movie was painful to watch. The movie was flawed. It looked like it only took them a day to get from Spain to South America. Tulio and Miguel swindle a treasure map and then end up on the same boat with their victims. How come the map is not taken back from them when they are imprisioned? How do they happen …
review by . May 17, 2002
posted in Movie Hype
Bing Crosby and Bob Hope made several "ROAD" movies together. The movies basically had the same plot: the duo traveled to some far off location, involved the duo getting into some kind of trouble, and had a beautiful woman fall in love with one of the duo (usually Crosby). The movies were also known for their cheesy songs and the frequent breaking of the theatrical fourth wall.With that said, THE ROAD TO EL DORADO is basically another Hope and Crosby film, except it's animated and it doesn't star …
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