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The Road to El Dorado The Road to El Dorado

El Dorado delivers an animated buddy movie like a Hope and Crosby road film from the forties.

Tulio (Kevin Kline) and Miguel (Kenneth Branagh) find themselves captives on Spanish explorer Cortes' (Jim Cummings) ship on its way to the new world.  They escape with the bumbling help of Cortes' clumsy but friendly white horse named Altivo.  They stumble onto El Dorado, an ancient city of gold which is entered through one of those old fashion monstrous waterfalls with a secret passageway behind.

The High Priest Tzekel-Kan (Armand Assante) proclaims them gods, because they look like a carving on the entry wall.  Tzekel-Kan plans to use the two to take power from the Chief (Edward James Olmos).  With the aid of a beautiful native Chel (Rosie Perez) who knows the way of a con, they plot to build a ship and take tons of gold back to Spain and be richer than the King.

With an award winning cast, a delightful story of bumbling pals, a dumb but powerful horse, a bright armadillo, sexy girls who are drawn to look genuine rather than perfect, a frightening Cortes, a stunning gold encrusted ancient city, an archaic game that resembles basketball, and every imaginary semblance of hidden cities from classic movies, El Dorado is a joyful work of film art.

The characters evolve slowly but both Tulio and Mighel find new destinations and in the end the secret of El Dorado is saved and the horse gets the last laugh.

 
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