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Animation Addicts Podcast #153 ‘The Road to El Dorado’ – It’s Tradigital Gold!

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Rotoscopers go back to The Road to El Dorado, a 2000, American, animated, adventure, musical, fantasy, comedy film!


  • Thank you to the patrons and specifically to Jason for making this movie is “Patron Pick!”
  • PSA: Big Idea  and episode 152 correction.
  • Main discussion: The Road to El Dorado (2000)
  • DreamWorks is still starting out.
  • “Save the sequels for Shrek!”
  • Animated films of the year 2000.
  • Are they really the sidekicks? Comparing them to the minions.
  • “El Dorado is the embodiment of Tradigital convergence.” -Dan Phillips, Digital Supervisor.
  • Bob Hope/Bing Crosby-style buddy comedy.
  • We heart Jim Cummings.
  • Altivo, “The Fabio of horses”. What other horses in animation do you like?
  • “Serendipity” and that’s just the first 30 minutes, my friends.
  • The soundtrack features songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, as well as composers Hans Zimmer AKA “The award winning team from the Lion King!”
  • “We did it so many times…” Chelsea says, “Quit complaining, you nincompoops.”
  • Fable me this: Atlantis vs Pocahontas vs Road to El Dorado,
  • Disney/DreamWorks crossover theory.
  • Someone is always going to be offended.
  • Chel – What do you think of her?
  • Critical response and we rate it!
  • Voicemail: Danny & Alex
  • Don’t forget to use the hashtags #AnimationAddicts and #AnimationAddicts153 when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 01:08:35, 49.4 MB


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About Chelsea Robson

Chelsea Robson, Co-host of the Animation Addicts Podcast, studied studio engineering and is a singer/songwriter and is know as "The World Traveler of the Podcast." She speaks fluent Portuguese, loves being outdoors, hiking small mountains, riding horses, and talking about human nature.
  • Rachel Wagner

    Not a fan of this one. In the offended group. I find it wildly racist and Tulio and Miguel are so unlikable. Just not for me

  • Jeremiah

    So clever, so stylized, so memorable, beautiful, and such an obvious Dreamworksian let’s-do-that-too! response to The Emperor’s New Groove. But anyway, love this movie.

  • I had a lot of fun discussing this one. It’s definitely not a perfect film, but having been so far removed from it, it was nice to go back and check it out. I also find it interesting that it has such a strong fanbase (from all the “Woohoos!” I’ve seen on various social media postings for the episode.)

  • I like the music–well the Trailblazing song basically, and the closeness between the two leads. I think it is ironic that the title is about the Road but as you state in the podcast, their journey is pretty much literally just a montage. #youkeepusingthatword #idonotthinkitmeanswhatyouthinkitmeans

    Also I feel like the ‘romance’ scene is just… whhhyyy. So not necessary. Was it because the movies had two male leads? The whole boys will be boys so of course one’s going to get with the pretty total stranger that they are just going to trust because… she purdy? Sorta sexist all around. Really surprising that would come from the same studio that made the Prince of Egypt.

    • I’m not sure what you mean when you say we don’t understand what montage means? I montage is a series of scenes cut together. In this case, various parts of their journey as they uncover different parts from the map.

      Agreed on the romance scene. It’s only purpose is for Miguel to walk in on them and, instead of asking questions, just to run out on Tulio in order to “break up the band”.

      • Oh no, ha ha! Not you guys–the people who titled the movie “Road” when the movie hardly covered their journey at all. Sorry that wasn’t very clear! I just really wanted to include a Princess Bride quote in there. 😉 You guys are better at getting your thoughts across than I am!

        Ha ha, makes me think of this Studio C sketch:

  • Ruise

    I love Road To El Dorado. It’s such a nostalgia trip for me. It’s just a campy, fun, rompy adventure and the two main leads have wonderful chemistry. The horse is perfect, right up there with Maximus. Chel is cool and funny, but I also found the implied lewd between her and Tulio quite awkward. Agreed that Miguel is the best guy. The animation is really eye-catching and appealing and stunning etc. The songs aren’t like super catchy but they’re all good and they work. I liked how the Chief knew they weren’t really gods but he just was extraordinarily chill and liked them anyway, and how there was absolutely no language barrier.

  • Sol Carlos

    Hello rotoscopers!
    I think the beginning of the movie is so entertaining and fun.
    But like you guys said it is sad you get to know so little the people of el dorado.
    Also one quick question I have been binge your podcast and I hear at least one everyday and in one episode mason said
    Something about Argentina. I was wondering if he is Argentinianor something like that cause I’m from there!
    I have a question. What is your all time favorite dreamworks movie?

    • Chelsea Robson

      Welcome glad to hear you found us! To answer your question, Mason is American but he lived in Argentina for 2 years.