Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Road to El Dorado|
Actors: Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Rosie Perez, Armand Assante, Edward James Olmos
Directors: Bibo Bergeron, David Silverman, Don Paul, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Will Finn
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Animation
In its third foray into animated features, DreamWorks came up with something unfortunate: the routine animated picture. Plagued with production problems (it was originally conceived as a mold-breaking PG-13 adventure), the... more »
Exploring the Road to El Dorado
Mr. Sinister | 11/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first saw DreamWork's second animated film (after "The Prince Of Egypt") in theatrical relaese and, much like the recent Fox Animation film Titan AE and Warners' "The Iron Giant", realised that here was yet another feature that had been totally marketed in the wrong way. Expecting some serious "Pocahontas"-like drama based around the time of Cortez, I was more than pleasantly surprised to find that this was a a colorful, exciting and very funny romp, with the comedy paring of Kevin Kline and Ken Branagh sheer chemisty. Their interaction is a joy to take part it, and I was swept along the story until it reached it's logical conclusion (after all, this is still partly a kids movie)! The only real weak links were Rosie Perez's Chel, who's character was just not drawn in enough detail (excuse the pun!) and the placing of a ballad towards the end of the film. Otherwise the songs (by Elton John and Tim Rice) zips the story along lke Phil Collins did for "Tarzan", the only other drawback was that the song "16th Century Man" from the soundtrack CD is not included in the film (but is a better song than "The Trail We Blaze"). This DVD special edition includes, like "Prince Of Egypt" and "Chicken Run", a director commentary, trailers and a "Making of", allowing the viewer to explore this underrated film in more detail. A hark back to the "Road To..." movies of the Hope and Crosby era, "Road to El Dorado" is more than well worth adding to your animation collection. Ditto "Titan AE" and "The Iron Giant", all Disney-standard features in spirit if not name!"
The Most Entertaining Animated Movie Since "The Lion King"!!
Junette Oscar | 05/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been to see it five times so far, and I'd gladly see it again. It is extremely entertaining and the animation is breathtaking! The humor is hilarious and the action is great! There is also alot of emotion to it, and I cried when Tulio and Miguel's friendship almost ended. The score and music was great, and I rushed out to buy the soundtrack. I enjoyed this film as much as The Lion King, and Disney had better watch their backs because DreamWorks has made a very impressive movie here. I highly recommend it to all age groups. On my fifth veiwing I saw it with a 3-year-old, an 8-year-old, a ten-year-old, and their 42-year-old father (I'm 15). All of them loved it and laughed at all the gags, proving that all age groups will enjoy this film. The next time you go to the movies, whether you have kids or not, The Road to El Dorado is probably the best film playing."
DreamWorks First Animated Gold
Mr. Sinister | El Cajon, CA USA | 12/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I gotta tell you, when it comes to non-Disney animated flicks, I usually passed in the past. Don Bluth did some breakaway stuff in the early eighties and there have been the occasional gems outside of the box like The Iron Giant. But before it hit paydirt with Shrek, DreamWorks animation department wasn't getting my money or my interest. I actually bought this movie on DVD as a last-minute stocking stuffer for my younger daughter and now its a family favorite. Tulio and Miguel...two 16th century con-artist sheisters who win a treasure map to the fabled City Of Gold - El Dorado hidden somewhere in the new world. Formulaic? So some reviewers say. I disagree. This movie is hysterically funny. Kenneth Branaugh and Kevin Kline are classic...and Rosie Perez is the sexiest animated character since Jessica Rabbit hit the big screen all those years ago. Some say that this isn't geared for children...and I gotta admit that there is a little bit of sexual tension going on here and there, but nothing to outlandish. Overall even the Elton John songs are catchy and you'll find yourself humming along if you're not careful. Renewed my faith in non-Disney animation.
This is Not A Child's Movie
Junette Oscar | Cherry Point, NC | 06/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are loads of underlying adult themes even though the overall moral of the story is excellent for children to learn about. There is a sexual scene, though not graphic, but I wouldn't want my children seeing it, especially in the light that it is portrayed in. There are scenes of drunken partying, the resulting hangover, and other tiny stuff like that.But do make a note of this: the movie is an excellent movie! It is hilarious, and is one of the rare cartoons that you can really dissect and discuss as if it were literature. The animation is excellent; I've never seen a cartoon so accurately portray human facial and body expression like this movie. You will appreciate how much detail is given to the animation, plot, and to the unity of the entire film: everything is explained.It's a definite must for your collection, but again, I would not recommend it for any child under 11."