YMMV: The Road to El Dorado

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: What kind of villain was Tzekal-Kahn? A Well-Intentioned Extremist who wanted to cleanse the city of all evil? Or a blood hungry sadist, using the ancient texts as an excuse to carry out his sick desires?
  • Ass Pull: So a man on the street that they were gambling against just so happened to have a map leading to El Dorado as the Spanish fleet were going to South America AND just so happened to land right where El Dorado was?
    • That man was a member of the crew looking for El Dorado, they likey all had a copy of the map which is why you see them following the same trail that our heroes took.
    • Anthropic Principle is your friend.
    • Epileptic Trees suggest divine intervention.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: You know, The Man Who Would Be King, now 90% more for kids!
  • Awesome Art: You will weep for the death of DreamWorks' traditional animation department by this film's end.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Considering who wrote it, it's one of the better parts of an already exceptional movie. Special mention to "Someday Out of the Blue".
  • Die for Our Ship: There used to be a site just for Chel haters. They don't give any reasons why they hate her, but this trope is the most likely reason.
    • Many people on fanart and fanfic sites DO give this reason for hating her. That, and that she's a "slut". That she could merely be teasing the two guys with her sexual charms never crosses their mind. It reach some rather hypocritical levels since Chel is not shown to be anymore a hustler/Con-woman the Miguel and Tulio are but it's her actions that get the scorn.
  • Ear Worm: The title song.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Disney's Tangled came out 10 years later. Tell me that Flynn and Maximus look nothing like Tulio and Altivo.
  • Ho Yay: Dear God! The relationship between Tuilio and Miguel drips with this. From their naked bathing together and Miguel's jealousy at Tulio and Chel. Indeed, the film works best if you go through it under the assumption that the two are repressed (or even not so repressed) homosexuals.
    • They were originally going to be lovers. A trace of this can still be seen in the original subtitles, which have them refer to each other in romantic endearments, though whereas they were reintended to be sarcastic is unknown.
      • There are quite a few scenes where you see them acting rather...intimately with each other for just a second. And the endearing looks that pop up more often than not are a dead give-away, too.
      • To be more specific: It's obvious after the ball game, where Tulio and Chel are standing very close to each other, being pretty touchy feely. Not a second later (after the "camera angle" changes) Tulio has his hand on Miguel's chest and Chel is standing about three feet away. The animators apparently really wanted to keep the original relationship in the movie somehow.
      • Also, after they lose each other during "The Trail We Blaze", Tulio and Miguel put their hands where? Hips and shoulder, respectively. Very...coupley...
  • Memetic Mutation: "
  • One True Threesome: For those that like the Miguel/Tulio paring but don't hate Chel. It helps that both Tulio and Miguel go slack jawed when around her, or that Chel flirts with both about equally, and of course there is Miguel and Tulio's relationship.
    • The movie has shown up on a couple of online lists of "Movies That Should Have Ended In A Ménage à Trois."
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: It's not an adult movie, but it's certainly no kiddy film either. Which badly hurt marketing and ticket sales, leading to disappointing revenue - the campaign was aimed for kids below ten and no-one else.
  • What Could Have Been: Miguel and Tulio were originally planned to be lovers. "Suits" intervention resulted in the birth of Chel's character. What the animators intended is still clearly visible in the actual movie. Many scenes in which the boys act like the couple they were supposed to be were kept and Chel's part has no real influence on the story. In some scenes one can clearly see that she was later added such as when her shading doesn't quite fit.