In case you missed it: ‘The Road to El Dorado’

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Elle Pugh, Staff Writer

You know what I really want to watch? An 89-minute animated movie about two Spanish guys that was released in 2000 and is rated PG.

Just hear me out.

It’s the story of Miguel and Tulio, two gamblers in the 1500s with a bromance never seen before. They stow away on a ship to the new world in an attempt to find El Dorado, the city of gold.

They meet a girl named Chel and the movie tries to make her a love interest, which kind of works out, but the writers must not have cared that much about that. She’s cool in her own way, without the help of the two idiots who think horses can speak English.

The three are trying to con the people of El Dorado into thinking Miguel and Tulio are gods, thinking they could get some gold out of it. It’s a relatively interesting plot, but there’s more than story here.

The Road to El Dorado is, first of all, a giant meme. It’s just stupid enough to be funny.

You know what studio made it? Dreamworks.

You know what else Dreamworks made? Shrek.

That’s right. One of the most meme-able movies of all time.

This movie contains so many ridiculous satirical jokes that you wonder if the writers were exceptionally dumb or astoundingly smart. The gifset of “Both? Both? Both is good,” has been circling around Tumblr since 2012, and that’s the first of many that this movie has provided.

Tulio has classic eloquence that you expect from every 1500s kid while Miguel brings it all home with modern slang (plus, there’s a relievingly low amount of butt, poop, or fart jokes for a Dreamworks movie).

It also provides a fresh concept. In a world of princesses and talking animals, The Road to El Dorado is kinda like watching an animated bromance unfold. There’s magic, adventure, gold, a plot-device horse and enough banter between the two guys that it’s considered an adventure/aomance movie.

Watch this movie for the humor, the plot, the Elton John songs, or just because you value my opinion. The Road to El Dorado is a captivating movie that you just may have missed.

 

The Road to El Dorado (2000)

Directed by: Bibo Bergeron, Will Finn, David Silverman, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Don Paul

Starring: Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Rosie Perez, Jim Cummings