“ Genre: Children's DVDs / Theatrical Release: 2000 / Director: Bibo Bergeron, Will Finn, Don Paul, David Silverman, Jeffrey Katzenberg / Actors: Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh ... / DVD released 26 October, 2004 at DreamWorks / Features of the DVD: AC-3, Animated, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC „
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The Road to Eldorado was released on DVD in 2004 and I bought it recently for about £10 as wanted to see if it was any good as I love animated movies and hoped my 2 year old son would start to find it interesting. I have to admit I loved it and Dreamworks have produced a decent feature length film and my son, even though he may not have realised exactly what was happening sat for a fair while transfixed to the screen. It helps if you like animated movies as I do as if you do then I think you will also love this.
The story in this children's movie regards Spain in the 16th Century. The sailors on the ships who have been specially picked are preparting to set sail to try and find the City of Gold. All preparations are underway and the ships are almost ready to leave.
Meanwhile the story switches to two friends who are both con artists. When we meet them they are involved in nice friendly game with a bunch of sailors. The game they are playing is called dice. However, the sailors are unaware that the dice they are using are fixed and when they find out they don't take kindly to the news that greets them. The two friends are chased and finally escape from their pursuers. But unfortunately for them they don't get very far and end up on a ship and captured by the very sailors they they were running from.
This is where our adventure really begins as a game of cat and mouse ensues while on board and enventually when they get to the island. One the friends holds the map that might tell the sailors where the city of gold also known as El Dorado is, as they make another break for it.
The animation in this movie was fantastic I thought. You forget at times they are just animations as things look so realistic. From the fish in the clear waters to the birds and the tree everything is spectaclular. I must admit that I found the movie interesting as the characters are not boring and you are kept watching by the unfolding plot. The voice overs are also very good.
If you've never seen this movie I highly recommend it as it's great fun and very entertaining.
As much as I would like to watch my videos and DVDs all the time, I have to succumb to my children's wishes once in a while and watch one of their movies. Usually this involves freeing some willy (Oeeeerrr), watching a cat and a dog go on a long journey, or seeing how a 'toy' can come to life! Well, in order to maintain the family peace I decided to watch Road to Elderado with my kids. <Introduction> Around 1519, Hernan Cortes started to explore Mexico. While defeating several tribes along the way, he began to learn of a 'City of Gold'. Drawing on this fantastic voyage, and the myths of this 'City of Gold' Dreamworks have created their latest masterpiece. <The Movie> The Road to Elderado tells the tale of two Spanish con artists Miguel (Kenneth Branagh) and Tulio (Kevin Kline), who manage to swindle their way into trouble and end up as unwitting stowaways on Cortes' ship. After managing to escape our heroes manage to locate 'El Dorado' and after a lucky coincidence involving an exploding volcano that suddenly stops exploding, they become revered as Gods. They just happen to fulfill certain prophecy about the coming of the Gods. Tzekel-Kan (Armand Assante), a scheming priest who uses Black Magic continually tests the 'Gods' resolve with his blood thirst for sacrifice. He wields his power against the people proclaiming that it is the God's will. Chel (Rosie Perez), a spunky girl who is initially saved by the heroes realizes they are not Gods and understands their only interest is in the abundant gold. As this is also her interest she decides to help out and try and keep their identity secret. She also happens to fall in love with one of our heroes. The heroes face many challenges as their greed is slowly replaced by a compassion for the people, as they try and save the city from the greed of Cortes and the corruption
of Tzekel-Kan. We see each of the Heroes change as one falls in love with the city and the other falls in love with Chel. The pair of heroes move through the many challenges, such as the basketball type game, with a combination of luck and skill. They seem undaunted by the dangers they face as they continually head towards their goals. The movie moves towards a predictable ending as all elements merge together towards a tumultuous climax. <My Opinion> The animation of the movie is outstanding. With beautiful scenery, excellent animated characters and clever and intriguing 'camera' angles the movie adds to the impressive Dreamworks collection. Some of the almost 3-dimensional scenes are amazing as you feel yourself drawn into the movie. My only criticism, and perhaps one of a male perspective, is that Chel was a little too sexy for a children's movie! The music is typical for these types of adventure-animated movies. Elton John gives the movie a 'larger than life' feel as he belts out some of the songs. I felt that the songs slowed the movie down a little, as they were like 'time-outs' rather than a continuation of the story; however my children did enjoy the music. The story is varied and interesting, and although I felt it was predictable it is ideal for a children's movie. Although it didn't keep my interest all the way through, my children were fixed to the TV screen all the way through. It is hard to comment on the acting as the voices merge with the animation to produce well rounded characters; I didn't actually recognize the actors until after I had watched the movie and then read the back of the video box! The comedy elements in the movie were generally good; at times the comedy was subtle and perhaps would appeal more to adults than children (at least it gives adults something to watch out for). The action sequences were very
well done, particularly some of the sword fighting scenes. <Conclusion> This is one of the better-animated movies around. As the world of animation becomes more sophisticated, with computers helping out, the directors are placing more emphasis on scenery and action. This is producing some very clever movies. Additionally I note that many of the movies are concentrating on virtues and values and are trying to teach our children as they watch the movie. I definitely advice parents to buy this video, it will keep your children quiet for a couple of hour! <DVD Extras> The general quality of the extras was good although my children weren't really interested in them. The main features include: The Making of The Road to El Dorado: as description of the techniques used to make the characters and movie come to life. Feature Commentary: a directors commentary as we watch the movie - perhaps only for adults. Subtitles - very good to help children read?! An Elton John video of the song “Someday Out of the Blue Theatrical Trailer: essentially what we saw at other movies about this movie. The Basics of Animation – The Color Script - interesting discussion of colour and animation. Cast etc - pictures of some of the cast and crew (BORING!) There are a few CD-ROM features, but I never got round to installing them!
I watched this movie with my kids a few days ago and we enjoyed it thoroughly. My kids wanted to see it again and again and they’re not easily taken in. I took my little ones to see “A Monkey’s Tale” last year and we were all bored stiff unlike “El Dorado” which was a joy from start to finish and kept us all amused. Kenneth Branagh and Kevin Kline voice the two main characters and the interplay between the two of them is quite funny. The rest of the cast is made up of bad guys, a girl who can looks after number one (Rosie Perez) and funny animals (I particularly liked the Horse). Elton John provides the soundtrack and if you like Elton, you’ll probably enjoy the songs. I wasn’t pushed either way. I have one small observation to make. Parts of the story are similar to a John Huston movie made back in the 70’s called “The Man Who Would Be King” which starred Sean Connery and Michael Caine as two adventurers who set and to make their fortune and end up in a remote corner of the world and are proclaimed as Gods. Their sole aim is to gather as much gold as possible, make their way back to the real world and live a life of luxury for the rest of their lives. I won’t give away anymore of the story as to do this, I would be giving away some of the plot of El Dorado. This movie was based on a story by Rudyard Kipling and unless I’m very mistaken, there is no reference to him in the credits for El Dorado.
Tulio & Miguel are 2 con artists who have always dreamt about having an adventure of a lifetime. They also dream of being stinking rich too! When they win a map during a dice game, their luck changes & they are set for adventure. The map is one that leads to the legendary city of gold... El Dorado. Whilst being chased by a group of thugs that didn't like being cheated out of their money, Tulio & Miguel end up stowing away aboard a Spanish warship. The ship belongs to Cortes, a conquistador who's out to find new lands & pillage them in the name of Spain. The 2 misfits are found & thrown in the ship's brig, to be flogged a few times & then sold as slaves in Cuba. Fate has it that Miguel & Tulio escape with the help of Cortes' war-horse Altivo & they end up washed up on the shore of a beautiful island. Now their quest for El Dorado begins! Before long they bump into the beautiful, sexy & very manipulative Chel. Chel's a native who's stolen from her tribe & is on the run from them. Watch Miguel & Tulio change from misfits into misfit gods & have plenty of laughs along the way! That's all of the story that I'm going to tell you as I don't want to totally ruin it for anyone who has been silly enough not to have seen this film! There's fun, laughter, frolics, danger & mayhem all the way through the film as Miguel & Tulio set off for El Dorado. Enjoy listening to the brilliant songs that are littered throughout the film which add energy & excitement at the right times. Songs that you'll here in the film are: El Dorado .. Performed by Elton John The trail we blaze .. Performed by Elton John It's tough to be a god .. Performed by Kevin Kline & Kenneth Brannagh Without question .. Performed by Elton John Friends never say goodbye .. Performed by Elton John Someday out of the blue .. Performed by Elton John The mixture of Brannagh & Kline results in totally brilliant characters that really would normally be sidekicks to a main character, but have deserved a film of their own! They are just hilariously funny from start to finish! The directors picked a lot of serious actor types to voice the characters but it really paid off. Here are the voice listings for you. Tulio .. Kevin Kline (enjoys knocking Miguel's dreams into the dust & is a bit of a realist.) Miguel .. Kenneth Brannagh (a real dreamer that's always got his head in the clouds.) Chel .. Rosie Perez (a real beauty that?s manipulative, streetwise & knows what she wants.) Chief Tanni .. Edward James Olmos (a warm hearted guy that's got his tribe's interests at heart.) Tzekel-Khan .. Armand Assante (the local High Priest who's witty, but blood thirsty.) Cortes .. Jim Cummings (the Spanish conquistador who's after new lands & all their riches. Really mean.) Altivo .. Frank Welker (the war-horse with a sense of humour & loads of intelligence & courage.) The special effects & mixture of live filming together with animation is fantastic to say the least & DreamWorks has pulled off another first with this film. It's just a lively film that will have you laughing all the way through it! As this is the DVD version it wouldn't be complete without a run down of the 'Extras' that you can find on the disc & there's some good ones to be found! Directors' Commentary .. Here's where the 2 directors give you a run down of various scenes of the film & what it took to film them. I found this a very interesting bit. Scene Selection .. There's 4 scenes for you to watch & analyse at your leisure. This is where you get to see the scenes in there glory. Behind The Scenes .. A great feature that will have you glued whilst it's on!
See how the cast voiced the characters. There's some really funny stuff here from Brannagh & Kline! Watch out for radio room sword fights & a few other bits & bobs. Basics Of Animation .. Learn how animation is done. It's amazing the amount of work that is put in by the various crewmembers. Well worth watching, as you'll really be amazed at how the film is put together. Elton John Music Video .. The video to the song 'Someday out of the blue'. See Elton transformed from man to cartoon & enjoy his brilliant voice. Theatrical Trailer .. Watch the trailer that advertised the film in the cinemas & the television. In all & like I've said a few times in my op, this is a truly great animated film from DreamWorks that will have you riveted from start to finish. There's special effects galore, wonderful music & songs, fun, laughter, love & loads more that will help you to really enjoy the film. Marks out of 10 would have to be 30. The kids gave it a more realistic score of 100, which was after watching the film 4 times in a row! If you're a big kid or a little kid you will love El Dorado! Woolworth is selling it at £16.99 at the moment & the video version is £12.99. There's also the offer of getting Mouse Hunt with it for an extra £2.99. It's a certificate U, meaning .. YOU should watch this! What are you waiting for ? GO GET IT & ENJOY!!
All the family went to see this film on its release in the UK cinemas. My daughter liked it very much and so I bought the region 1 DVD as a Christmas present for her. Given the chance, I think she would watch it several times a day. I guess the novelty will wear off but for now it’s certainly her favourite film. In the fabled city of El Dorado the streets are paved with gold – or so the story goes and our heroes certainly believe in this tale. As you have probably guessed, this superb animation concerns the search for El Dorado and the two heroes of this story are Miguel and Tulio. These are a pair of likely lads whose hearts are in the right place but they are forever attempting to pull off a scam that will inevitably fail. The story begins in 16th century Spain, in the year 1519 to be exact, and Don Cortez is preparing to set sail in search of the promised land and more importantly, for gold! We find our pair of rogues involved in a crap game and they are playing with loaded dice. They win (of course!) and get a map showing the way to El Dorado but in winning the map, the scam is discovered. After a quick chase to avoid being caught, they end up stowing away on the ship owned by Don Cortez and bound for South America. They are soon discovered and put in chains and the adventure really begins when they break free – after getting some help from the essential animal sidekick, which in this case is a horse with considerably more sense that our hapless pair. Along the road they also meet a female character (Chel) who quickly spots what they are about and is considerably more wily than both of them. The animation brings together some top notch actors for the voices. The voice of Tulio is provided by Kevin Kline and that of Miguel is Kenneth Branagh. Both give excellent characterisations and there is even a duet for them to sing! The voice of Chel is provided by Rosie Perez who brings a lot of sassiness and Latin cha
rm. Of course, no animation like this would be complete without a bad guy and this comes in the form of the high priest of the city, Tzekel-kan, voiced menacingly by Armand Assante. He predicts that the gods will come to the city and he believes they have – in the form of Miguel and Tulio! This great event naturally requires lots of sacrifices – something the high priest really enjoys. The music and lyrics of the songs were written by Tim Rice and Elton John and they were also joined by Hans Zimmer. This was the first time the three have worked together since the hugely successful Lion King. In my opinion, I don’t think the songs or musical score are particularly strong and in no way match up to those produced in the Lion King. The quality of the DVD, though, is excellent. It is an anamorphic transfer with some wonderful animated menus and it comes with a host of extras that also includes both a Dolby Digital and DTS soundtrack. The extras that you get include: The Making of The Road to El Dorado: an excellent description of what went in to making the film and what was done to achieve the high quality and what novel techniques were used. Feature Commentary: This is possibly more for the adults with commentaries by the directors Don Paul and Bibo Bergeren. Read Along: very good for the younger viewers. An Elton John video of the song “Someday Out of the Blue”: a nice video clip which also has an animated Elton John character interacting in scenes from the film. Theatrical Trailer: The trailer that promoted the film in cinemas. The Basics of Animation – The Color Script: a discussion of the use of colour to create many of the scenes. Mainly consists of stills with a talk-over of what is being done. Cast and Crew: a simple couple of pictures of the characters and who played them. Production Notes: Again, pro
bably of more interest to adults, this is an excellent little section of the many groundbreaking things done during the movie. DVD-ROM: For the PC owners amongst you. Games and puzzles. This is a great animated film from Dreamworks who have also made a worthy DVD. The extras explain how they developed new ways of using 3D animation to create crowd scenes. They also used Elastic Warp (ER Warp), a method that allows subtle movement of leaves and sails without reanimation. They also developed a new technique to animate water to allow waves breaking and splashing. Sounds simple but it is far from it. When you look at what they did with splashes again, you realise how good it really is. They also developed ways to make gold actually shine like gold. This animation took about 4.5 years to make. They also give other wonderful statistics, such as using over 37,000 erasers! That’s an awful lot of rubbing out. In any case, it makes for some excellent family viewing and the children will really enjoy it.
The Road to El Dorado is from the people who brought us "The Prince of Eygpt". This is an animated musical which follows the story of two Spanish adventurers who travel great distances to try to find the mythical lost kingdom of El Dorado as they are told of it's many treasures. A typical fairytale which all kids will love but was slightly boring for adults. These days we are spoilt with films that adults and children love but this one is definitely for the children. This film has the voices of Kenneth Brannagh, Kevin Kline, and Rosie Perez. Cert U
Please, no mention needed of the liberties taken here with history. I can't imagine what Central Americans think of this tacky view of the Spanish invasion (not to mention making the Spanish themselves look like caricatures); how unfortunate that we can't educate people corrctly through film, rather than poke fun at history, change the facts altogether, or (yes, fellow reviewers) denigrate the contributions made by the CORRECT individuals and nations as a whole. This is getting pretty disheartening. The positive aspects of this film were the soundtrack and Elton John's singing, as was the quality of the animatin. I was appalled at the overt, smarmy sexuality (?) of Rosie Perez's character. Even my youngest daughter commented, "Mom, isn't she too sexy to be in a kids' movie?" Rather insulting to us women, I'd say, and the excessive slapstick of the two main characters quickly became tiring. Did like the voicing, and our favorite characterizations were the high priest and the chieftain. We did purchase the soundtrack, although the poor taste of the female "lead" lingers as a real stumbling block here, as did the "liberties" taken with the historical events.