Release date: March 31, 2000
Director: Eric “Bibo” Bergeron, Don Paul
Who should watch this movie: Fans of Pirates of the Caribbean. Fans of Mulan.
When should you watch this movie: When you accidentally catch feelings. When you want to watch an adventure movie that doesn’t star Johnny Depp.
The sell: El Dorado is an animated comedy of errors centering a dynamic duo in their accidental quest for the mythic city of gold. It’s sarcastic, irreverent, sweet, and just sentimental enough to not make you cringe. I love movies where the central relationship is a friendship rather than a romantic partnership, and this is one of the best. That being said, there was a time in 2011 where I was involved in a long and detailed tumblr thread about how the two main characters are actually in love with each other and not just friends. Either way you read it, it’s a fun movie with many quotable moments including my favorite bit of dialogue:
Miguel: Tulio, did you ever imagine it would end like this?
Tulio: [pause] The horse is a surprise.