Jim Farber
March 17, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Road to El Dorado

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
83 minutes
performer
Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Kline, Armand Assante, Edward James Olmos, Rosie Perez
director
Bibo Bergeron, Will Finn, Don Paul, David Silverman
author
Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
genre
musical, Animation

We gave it a B

Pop songs penned for animated films often lack color, and you wind up with the kind of washed-out sap Elton John came up with for The Lion King. On his new project, The Road to El Dorado, he adds pep to his performance and dash to the melodies. El Dorado benefits most, though, from the words of Tim Rice, which represent the lyricist’s jauntiest, most taut work to date. Rice makes this album a rare thing: a cartoon soundtrack that doesn’t dumb things down. B

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