The Road To Eldorado

(2000)
The Road To Eldorado

Voices by Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Kline. (U)

 

Elton John and Tim Rice provided the music for this underrated animated adventure from DreamWorks (who had previously made Antz). It’s the 16th century-set story of two Spaniards (Kline and Branagh) who find El Dorado, the legendary city of gold, and are bizarrely mistaken for gods by the residents. Keen to run off with the loot, they nonetheless stay awhile pretending they really are deities, facing the wrath of nasty High Priest Tzekel-Kan (Armand Assante) along the way.

The animation’s slick, the music punchy and, best of all, the vocal performances – especially Assante, Kline and Rosie Perez (as Chel) – are spot-on. While it slows in the middle, it’s often funny, with lots of junior action and adventure to enjoy. 

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SCARY MOMENTS:

Very young children may be scared when the giant statue comes to life.

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