The Road to El Dorado

The Road to El Dorado

Episode 56 – The Road to El Dorado

The 2000 film The Road to El Dorado was the only film by Dreamworks to ever not make a profit. But why? With a star studded cast, and a soundtrack by Elton John, you would think this would have done better against Erin Brockovich’s third weekend. Could it have been the multiple story edits that drastically changed the direction and actions of the characters? Could it have been the hyper-sexualization of some of it’s characters? Perhaps it was because of some of the controversy surrounding the project. Or…Maybe it was a combination of all of the above. In the end, not many people saw this movie upon release including the both of us. However, after 17 years, is it worth a revisit? Take a listen and find out!

From Wikipedia:

The Road to El Dorado is a 2000 American animated adventure musical[2] fantasy comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation. It was directed by Eric “Bibo” Bergeron and Don Paul; Will Finn and David Silverman directed additional sequences. The film stars Kevin KlineKenneth BranaghArmand AssanteJim CummingsEdward James OlmosTobin Bell and Rosie Perez. The soundtrackfeatures songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, as well as composers Hans Zimmer and John Powell.

The film follows two con artists, who after winning the map to El Dorado escape from Spain. After being stranded on the island, they use it to lead them to the city of El Dorado, where its inhabitants mistake them for gods. Released on March 31, 2000, The Road to El Dorado grossed $76.4 million worldwide on a $95 million budget.


Dreamworks, Bibo, Elton John, Tim Rice, Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Rosie Perez, Armand Assante, Edward James Olmos, Hernán Cortés, Frank Welker, Tobin Bell, Playstation


Wikipedia: The Road to El Dorado Wikipedia
IMDB: The Road to El Dorado IMDB
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