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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 several misfortunes. Oddly enough, they end up on the shores of El Dorado, and are worshipped by the natives for their foreign appearances. Written by Paolo Costabel <paolo@bluesky-vifx.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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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

Gross USA:

$50,863,742

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,432,727
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The story is inspired by Rudyard Kipling's "The Man Who Would Be King", featuring con men who try to trick the natives of an isolated city in Kafiristan, with disastrous results. See more »

Goofs

When Tulio and Miguel are stranded, the shark bites off the end of the rudder. In the next scene, it's intact again. See more »

Quotes

Tulio: The little voice, remember? Just imagine for a moment that you have one. Now, what would it be saying about Chel?
Miguel: Um...
[purrs]
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The version shown on ABC television has two brief shots of Miguel and Tulio's bare backsides altered by digitally adding white underpants. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Cheri Oteri (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Tough to Be a God
(2000)
Music by Elton John
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Performed by Kevin Kline & Kenneth Branagh
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Like The Emperor's New Groove, this is underrated
24 August 2013 | by MissSimonettaSee all my reviews

The Road to El Dorado (2000), an animated cult film if there ever was one. It's interesting to compare this flick to Disney's The Emperor's New Groove (2000), which came out the same year. Both are traditionally animated. Both are wickedly funny. Both underperformed at the box office. While Emperor has gone on to be one of the most beloved modern Disney films, El Dorado is still only a cult film. That's a real shame, because it's a fun ride with snappy dialogue and cool characters.

If I have any complaints, then it's that the mixing of traditional animation and CG has dated badly. Most of the musical numbers are forgettable and could have been done away with. Luckily, those issues don't hurt the picture much.


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