The Road to El Dorado

March 31st, 2000


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

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 6.5/10 (17,422 voted)

Critic's Score: 51/100

Director: Bibo Bergeron

Stars: Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Rosie Perez

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.

Writers: Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott

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 - Acolyte(voice)
Elijah Chiang - Kid #1(voice)
Cyrus Shaki-Khan - Kid #2(voice)
Elton John - Narrator(voice)

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


Official Website: DreamWorks SKG |

Release Date: 31 March 2000

Box Office Details

Budget: $95,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $12,846,652 (USA) (2 April 2000) (3218 Screens)

Gross: $50,802,661 (USA) (25 June 2000)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Tzekel-Kan's sacred book contains a picture of a man fishing from the moon, a parody of the Dreamworks logo.

Factual errors: All of the Spaniards - Cortez, Tulio, and Miguel - immediately speak the same language as the inhabitants of El Dorado, when in fact the natives would not have known Spanish.

Tulio: Come on, baby! Papa needs that crappy map!

User Review

People are Missing the Most Important Point.


Of course, i was missing it too, until about fifteen minutes in.

Okay -- the title is "THE ROAD TO El Dorado" Hands up, everyone with whom that rings a bell.


Okay -- its stars are two fast-talking con men who get out of trouble by faking fights with each other,and who *almost* play pattycake at a point.

Still no bells ringing?

How about if i point out that, at one point, our heroes' images are briefly morphed into the faces of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby for about two frames?


This is a tribute to/animated version of those hilarious (if you're in the right frame of mind) "B" comedies starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby (and Dorothy Lamour in a sarong -- does Chel look any more familiar, now?), all of which were entitled "The Road to..." somewhere or other.

Nothing in them was meant to be taken seriously, and very little in this film is.

I have to agree with a number of reviewers who say, with varying degrees of indignation, that this is not a kids' film.


It wasn't meant to be. It was meant to ba a general-audience, PG-rated film.

WILL you people PLEASE get it through your heads that "animated" does not, necessarily, equal "kids' movie"?

Animation is just another film-making technique, to be used to make any kind of film the animator wants to make, and if you think that animation is automatically for kids, check out... oh, say... "Akira" or "Fantastic Planet" or "Heavy Metal".

"Road to El Dorado" is an excellent all-ages film, (with the caveat that is IS a PG-rated one, and that you ought to think about what you want your kids to watch) and anyone who sees anything bad or prurient in the scenes that everyone has been complaining about should take a close look at themselves...