"THE ROAD TO EL DORADO," THE FUN-FILLED AND ACTION-PACKED ANIMATED FEATURE, MAKES ITS NETWORK TELEVISION PREMIERE SATURDAY, AUGUST 21 ON ABC
"ABC Saturday Movie of the Week" Will Air in HDTV with 5.1 Sound and Video Description
"Piling gag on top of gag is the strategy of the film, a bright and zesty
animated comedy . . ." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The Road to El Dorado," a hilarious, animated adventure featuring an all-star lineup of voices and spirited music, will make its network television premiere as the "ABC Saturday Movie of the Week," AUGUST 21 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. The star-studded voice cast includes Oscar-winner Kevin Kline ("American Beauty"), actor/writer/director Kenneth Branagh ("Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"), Rosie Perez ("Riding in Cars with Boys"), Armand Assante (TVs "Gotti"), Edward James Olmos (TV's "Miami Vice") and Oscar-winning composer Elton John ("The Lion King"). The feature will be broadcast in HDTV with 5.1 surround sound and Video Description.
In "The Road to El Dorado," a pair of Old World con men, Tulio (Kline) and Miguel (Branagh), find themselves constantly on the run and in over their heads as they scheme their way - with map in hand -- toward a fortune in El Dorado treasure. When the adventure lands the pair and their trusty steed, Altivo, in the New World, the natives mistake them as gods. While exploiting their exalted status, they are involved in an uproarious sequence in which they invent the game of basketball. A local woman, Chel (Perez), who figures out they are not what they pretend to be, eventually joins the quest.
The outstanding voice cast of "The Road to El Dorado" stars Oscar-winner Kevin Kline ("A Fish Called Wanda," "American Beauty") as Tulio, actor/writer/director Kenneth Branagh ("Henry V," "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets") as Miguel, Rosie Perez ("Riding in Cars with Boys," "The 24 Hour Woman") as Chel, Emmy Award-winner Armand Assante (TVs "Gotti") as Tzekel-Kan, Emmy and ALMA Award-winner Edward James Olmos (TV's "Miami Vice," "Selena") as Chief, Oscar-winning composer Elton John ("The Lion King") as narrator, Jim Cummings as Cortes/others, Frank Welker as Altivo/various others, Tobin Bell as Zaragoza and Duncan Marjoribanks as Acolyte.
"The Road to El Dorado," released in 2000, was directed by Bibo Bergeron, Will Finn, Don Paul and David Silverman ("Monsters, Inc."). The film was written by Ted Elliott ("Shrek," "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"), Edmund Fong ("Shrek," "Rugrats Go Wild!"), Henry Mayo ("Tarzan," "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron") and Terry Rossio ("Shrek," "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl") from a story by Mr. Fong. The film is a production of DreamWorks SKG and Stardust Pictures. (CLOSED-CAPTIONED) (Broadcast in stereo where available)
"THE ROAD TO EL DORADO" IN HDTV:
The ABC Television Network's HDTV broadcast of "The Road to El Dorado" will air in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, and 5.1-channel surround sound and Video Description. This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.