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Road to El Dorado (2000)

Kids & Family movie directed by Bibo Bergeron, David Silverman, Don Paul, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Will Finn

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Another Road Movie.

  • May 17, 2002
Rating:
+3
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 Hope or Crosby. The animated visuals of the movie are rather spectacular in some parts and Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branaugh keep the picture moving as the bumbling duo of Julio and Miguel.

The plot of the movie revolves around Julio and Miguel being accidently stowed away on one of Cortez's ships headed for the New World. The duo escapes in the night and in the process save Cortez's prize horse. The three companions eventually wash up on shore and discover they have landed on the shores of a distant land where El Dorado, the legendary city of gold, can be found. Eventually, the companions find El Dorado and are mistaken for gods.

The plot of the movie does move rather slow and the film's songs, written and performed by Elton John, are rather cheesy. Nevertheless, THE ROAD TO EL DORADO is more enjoyable than many other animated pictures and proves to be an enjoyable animated action/adventure buddy flick that the entire family can watch together.

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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 …
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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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Genre: Family
Release Date: 2000
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
Runtime: 89 minutes
Studio: Dreamworks Video
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