Thursday, 13 October 2016

Narrative Lecture Series: Narrative Theory & Structure - The Road to El Dorado (plan)

(to be fully completed) 

Dreamworks Animation's 2000 animated action-adventure comedy film, The Road to El  Dorado follows the journey of two con-artist friends, Miguel and Tulio, as they flee 16th century Spain as stowaways on a ship headed to the "new world" after being discovered to be using loaded dice, and go on to discover the legendary "city of gold" El Dorado with a map they previously won, and are mistaken as gods in the city. Despite not being a hit at the box office, being Dreamworks Animations first film to do so, in recent years the film has reached online cult classic status largely due to its individuality with particularly sassy characters and hidden comedy aimed at a slightly older audience than the film's intended audience. 

Does it fit 5 or 3 act structure? If no, why?
The Road to El Dorado fits the three act structure... 

Meet miguel and tulio in spain, discover they are joking con artist friends, Have a map to the "city of gold" El Dorado

Inciting Incident
They are caught using loaded dice while gambling, they must flee spain and stowaway on a ship headed to the new world, however are discovered as stowaways and imprisoned, but manage to escape with the (unintentional) help of the ships captain, Cortes', horse, Altivo, who also leaves the ship. 

Plot Point 1&2 
The trio wash ashore onto unfamiliar land, but Miguel links landmarks depicted on his map to El Dorado with the surrounding scenery, and they follow the map through the jungle to a stone, Guards chasing a woman appear, and think miguel and Tulio are gods as they appear similar to those depicted on the stone behind.  However they see a 

Rising Action/Obstacles
Plot point 2

Ending type? Open, partial, closed?
Partial ending

Plot vs Story? Arc, anti, mini plot
Arc Plot


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