The Road to El Dorado

2000 American animated film produced by DreamWorks Animation

The Road to El Dorado is a 2000 American animated adventure movie made by DreamWorks Animation. It stars Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Rosie Perez, Jim Cummings, Frank Welker, Armand Assante, Edward James Olmos and Tobin Bell. It was composed by Elton John.

The Road to El Dorado
Directed byEric "Bibo" Bergeron
Don Paul
Produced byBonne Radford
Brook Breton
Written byTed Elliott
Terry Rossio
Story byPhilip LaZebnik
StarringKevin Kline
Kenneth Branagh
Rosie Perez
Armand Assante
Edward James Olmos
Narrated byElton John
Music byHans Zimmer
John Powell
Edited byVicki Hiatt
Distributed byDreamWorks Pictures
Release date
  • March 31, 2000 (2000-03-31)
Running time
5365 seconds
CountryUnited States
Budget$95 million[1]
Box office$76.4 million[1]

The movie follows two Spanish conmen who leave Spain and set off to the New World. As they head to the legendary city of gold, they are mistaken for gods by the people. The movie flopped at the box office. It was poorly received by critics.


In 16th century Spain, two con artists win a map to El Dorado from the dice game. They escape from the city and stow away on the ship of Hernán Cortés, while sailing to the New World. After befriending a horse named Altivo, they land off the Mexican coast. After seeing landmarks on the map, they take a direction to the legendary golden city. As they arrive at the waterfall, a woman and an army of guards recognize them as gods, and escort them to the city. There, they meet the elders, kindhearted Chief Tannabok and the malicious high priest Tzekel Kan. Tannabok welcomes the two to the city warmly, while Tzekel Kan mainly sees them as an opportunity to enhance his own standing. He also believes the gods' arrival will spark the "Year of the Jaguar", a time when everyone will be purged from the city.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Road to El Dorado (2000)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 8, 2017.