The Road to El Dorado

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Name: The Road to El Dorado
Abbreviation(s): RtED
Date(s): March 31, 2000
Medium: Animated Film
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: at IMDB
at Wikipedia
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Miguel and Tulio - The road to Eldorado by AlaskanKara (2014)
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The Road to El Dorado is a DreamWorks adventure comedy animated film.


"In 16th-century Seville, Spain, and tells about two men named Tulio and Miguel. During a dice game using loaded dice, they win a map that supposedly shows the location of El Dorado, the legendary city of gold in the New World. However, their cheating is soon discovered and as a result, they end up as stowaways on Hernán Cortés' fleet to conquer Mexico. They are discovered, but manage to escape in a boat with Cortés' prize war horse and eventually discover the hidden city of El Dorado, where they are mistaken for gods." [1]

Main Characters

  • Miguel - one of the con artists and is more fun-loving compared to Tulio
  • Tulio - the other con artist and is the planner
  • Chel - a young native from El Dorado who discovers Tulio and Miguel's con and decides to play along
  • Altivo - Hernán Cortés' prize war horse than accidently joins Miguel and Tulio on their adventure
  • Tzekel-Kan - a fanatically vicious high priest of El Dorado
  • Chief Tannabok - the kind chief of El Dorado


The Road to El Dorado fandom is fairly small, perhaps due to it's initially poor box office performance during its original release in 2000, although it did find an appreciative audience after it was released on home video and built up a cult following. There was a small group of dedicated fans of the movie and with the help of the internet, such as Tumblr and Deviantart along with and Archive of Our Own, the fandom is steadily growing despite it being over two decades since the movie was released.[2] Gifs, picspams, and fanart are often seen on Tumblr as well as Deviantart. On youtube, various crossover pairing vids can be found featuring Miguel, Tulio or Chel. Fans of Road to El Dorado often cosplay it mainly as Miguel, Tulio, and Chel.

The main pairings are Miguel/Tulio, Tulio/Chel, Chel/Miguel and the threesome Chel/Miguel/Tulio. Various crossover pairings also appear in different types of fanworks, especially when crossovered with other DreamWorks and Disney films.

For the week ending in November 21st, 2016, The Road to El Dorado made Tumblr Fandometrics for Top 20 Movie tags at number 16.[3]

Other Fandoms & the Gifs

The "Both? Both. BOTH. Both is good." gif.

Outside the film's fandom Road to El Dorado is perhaps best know for it's reaction gifs. Fans from other fandoms often use gifs of the characters to portray their feels for example the "Both? Both. BOTH. Both is good." gif (seen to the left) is often portrayed when fans can't decide between two pairings, and decide to ship a threesome.

There are many other good reaction gifs used by fans from other fandoms - This post, Archived version has a lot of examples.

Fan Theories

  • Many fans believe that Miguel and Tulio are Tangled's Flynn Rider's fathers due to how alike the characters look and act. Various fanworks and headcanons portray this.[4][5][6][7] This sometimes leads to Altivo and Maximus being somehow related as well.[8]
  • Another very good theory (which seems to be a great crossover idea) is that Miguel and Tulio somehow became gods - or not - and had a child, this being Kuzco from the animated film The Emperor's New Groove. Partly due to the great similarities in humor, genre and style between the characters and the works cited. It became popular as a light joke among some Latin American fans.








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