Disney’s 33rd animated feature, Pocahontas, is based on a real historic figure and a little bit of folklore. Pocahontas (Irene Bedard) is the daughter of a Native American tribe chief who lives in harmony with the land around her, but maybe a bit too much for her father. She is a bit of a wild child from his perspective because she doesn’t want to marry and take her rightful place in the tribe. But things are about to drastically change for not only Pocahontas but for the tribe. One day while out communing with nature Pocahontas spies a boat like she has never seen before carrying European settlers, one of whom is John Smith (Mel Gibson). Curious as ever Pocahontas can’t stay clear, although its her father’s explicit direction, and she encounters John. They develop a relationship that blossoms into a love that will save both John’s life and the future of the tribe. Also starring the voices of Judy Kuhn, Linda Hunt, Russell Means, David Ogden Stiers, Christian BAle, John Kassir, Billy Connolly, Dany Mann.
Pocahontas is a beautiful film. The colors of the nature elements contrasted with the stark elements of the settlers steal and fortress is impressive. The element of the film that really makes it sing is literally the music. The songs composed for Pocahontas are powerful and catchy. No one wonder it won an Academy Award, Best Original Song, for Color of the Wind. My absolute favorite part of the movie is Grandmother Willow. She is wise, funny and very well animated…for a tree. Also Pocahontas’s companions, Flit and Meeko would be loved by any kid watching because didn’t we all have friends, imaginary or real, like that when we were young. Pocahontas is everything you would expect from a classically animated film.
10/10 Stars – “Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon”
In 1995 I was 12-13 years old and having grown up with such films as Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and the Lion King, my parents planned to take my siblings and me to go see it. I had listened the crap out of the cassette tape so I knew all the songs and sang the whole way through the movie. I honestly think that Pocahontas is the first Disney film I saw in theaters that I actually remember sitting through. I may have remembered the Lion King, but it’s all a blur now with how much I’ve seen it. If I were to rank my favorite animated Disney films, the ones that came out in the 90s would be atop that list, and in fact, Pocahontas made its way onto my Personal Top 100 list. By now, the only way kids will get to see Pocahontas is through their parents, and the kids raise on Pocahontas are now in their late 20s, so make sure and expose your kids to this Disney masterpiece!
10/10 Stars – 1 out of 3 Disney animated features that made it into my Top 100 list…
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