The Road to El Dorado is a 2000 American animated adventure-musical 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 Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Rosie Perez, Armand Assante, and Edward James Olmos. The soundtrack features 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 washing ashore in the New World, they use the map 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.
- In July 2014, the film's distribution rights were purchased by DreamWorks Animation and transferred to 20th Century Fox.
- In the movie, Cortes is looking for El Dorado, but in real life, it was Gonzalo Pizarro who was looking for the legendary city of gold.
- Tzekel-Kan's sacred book contains a picture of a man fishing from the moon, a parody of the Dreamworks logo.
- After the film was released, a series of sequels were planned (in the vein of the Shrek franchise), but later on these were scrapped after the film flopped at the box office.
- The second DreamWorks Animation's musical film, after The Prince of Egypt
- This is the first DreamWorks Animation film to be released in March.