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Road To El Dorado

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  Road To El Dorado Review
Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
6.00 /10
Voices:, Tulio: Kevin Kline , Miguel: Kenneth Branagh
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Directed by: Eric "Bibo" Bergeron and Don Paul
Written by: Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio with songs by Elton John and Tim Rice

Released: 2000
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 90

Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh play two likeable but not very competent con-men who find themselves in possession of a treasure map and accidentally stow away on board Cortez' expedition to the New World, in 1519. They escape in a lifeboat with a highly intelligent horse, the way you do in cartoons, and end up in El Dorado, a cross between Shangri-La and an ancient Inca capital. They team up with an attractive local girl in the Dorothy Lamour tradition (voiced by Rosie Perez) who's as keen to get out of El Dorado as they are to get in.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Remember those "Road" movies which used to star Bob Hope and Bing Crosby? Well, this is a sort of animated version, and the reason it's entertaining is that it makes excellent use of two of the world's best comic actors,

For a movie about exploring the New World, this covers a lot of awfully familiar ground. In particular, there are copious borrowings from John Huston's The Man Who Would Be King. The songs by Elton John and Tim Rice are neither catchy nor relevant and should have been either rewritten or junked.

All the same, the film is a pleasant surprise - well animated and colourful (from the Dreamworks company that brought us The Prince of Egypt) with a more than usually sparky script by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, talented chaps who gave us Aladdin, Small Soldiers and The Mask of Zorro. It's a cheerful romp that all ages will enjoy. Kline and Branagh sound as if they had a whale of a time making it, and they are very funny.

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