The Road to El Dorado (2000)

Come on Tulio, we’ll follow that trail.. that trail we blaze’

Bibo Bergerton and Jeffrey Katzenburg directed this
animated musical comedy about two con men Miguel (Kenneth Branagh) and Tulio (Kevin Kline) who win a map with the lost city of El Dorado on it.

After being exposed after some loaded dice they escape in barrells only to find themselves onboard a ship and consequently end up in El Dorado.

They meet Chel (Rosie Derez) and pose as gods to win over the people. But the high priest Tzekal – Kan (Armand Asante) isn’t as convinced as everybody else about the two men’s intentions.

It was a truly charming experience rewatching this childhood favourite again. The animation is stunning and the soundtrack is something else as Elton John sings on it.

The quirkiness of Miguel, Tulio and Chel drove the story and took the viewer on an adventure of colour and song. I could also appreciate the adult humour that was present in some scenes.

It surprised me that the film was a disappointment at the box office when it first came out. It is also such a pity that there was never a sequel as I feel the ending leaves it open for it to continue onto what they all did next.

A marvellous viewing experience.

My rating: 5/5
Miguel, you know that little voice that people have that tells them to quit when they’re ahead? You don’t have one! 

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