The Road to El Dorado

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The Road to El Dorado
Directed byEric "Bibo" Bergeron
Don Paul
Jeffrey Katzenberg (uncredited)
Additional Sequences:
Will Finn
David Silverman
Written byTed Elliott
Terry Rossio
Story byPhilip LaZebnik
Produced byBonne Radford
Brooke Breton
StarringKevin Kline
Kenneth Branagh
Rosie Perez
Armand Assante
Edward James Olmos
Narrated byElton John
Edited byJohn Carnochan
Dan Molina
Vicki Hiatt
Lynne Sutherland
Music byHans Zimmer
John Powell
Distributed byDreamWorks Pictures
Release date
  • March 31, 2000 (2000-03-31)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$95 million[1]
Box office$76.4 million[1]

The Road to El Dorado is a 2000 American animated adventure movie made by DreamWorks Animation. The movie was directed by Eric "Bibo" Bergeron and Don Paul; Will Finn and David Silverman directed additional sequences. It stars Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Rosie Perez, Jim Cummings, Frank Welker, Armand Assante, Edward James Olmos and Tobin Bell. It was composed by Elton John.

The movie follows two Spanish conmen who leave Spain and set off to the New World. As they head to the legendary city of gold, they are mistaken for gods by the people. The movie flopped at the box office. It was poorly received by critics.

Plot[change | change source]

In 16th century Spain, two con artists win a map to El Dorado from the dice game. They escape from the city and stow away on the ship of Hernán Cortés, while sailing to the New World. After befriending a horse named Altivo, they land off the Mexican coast. After seeing landmarks on the map, they take a direction to the legendary golden city. As they arrive at the waterfall, a woman and an army of guards recognize them as gods, and escort them to the city. There, they meet the elders, kindhearted Chief Tannabok and the malicious high priest Tzekel Kan. Tannabok welcomes the two to the city warmly, while Tzekel Kan mainly sees them as an opportunity to enhance his own standing. He also believes the gods' arrival will spark the "Year of the Jaguar", a time when everyone will be purged from the city.

Voice cast[change | change source]

  • Kevin Kline as Tulio, one of the con artists who pretend to be gods so they can get gold. He is the strategic planner, often becoming anxious and overthinking things.
  • Kenneth Branagh as Miguel, one of the con artists who pretend to be gods so they can get gold. He is more relaxed and easygoing than his con-partner Tulio.
  • Rosie Perez as Chel, a beautiful native woman from El Dorado who discovers Tulio and Miguel's con and decides to play along in an effort to get out from El Dorado.
  • Armand Assante as Tzekel-Kan, the fanatically vicious high priest who has a religious fixation for human sacrifices.
  • Edward James Olmos as Chief Tannabok, the kind chief of El Dorado who believes that Tulio and Miguel are gods, though he at one point implies that he has figured out Miguel is not actually a god, though only after Miguel demonstrates kindness to his people.
  • Jim Cummings as Hernán Cortés, the merciless and ambitious conquistador leader of the expedition to find the empires of the New World.
  • Frank Welker as Altivo, Cortés' horse who befriends Tulio and Miguel.
  • Tobin Bell as Zaragoza, a sailor on the voyage to the New World of El Dorado and the original owner of the map, which he loses to Tulio and Miguel after a game of dice.
  • Duncan Marjoribanks as Acolyte.
  • Elijah Chiang as Kid #1
  • Cyrus Shaki-Khan as Kid #2
  • Elton John as the Narrator
  • Anne Lockhart as Girl in Barcelona

Additional voices[change | change source]

ADR Group[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Road to El Dorado (2000)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 8, 2017.