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Pocahontas [1995] (2 discs)

Director:Eric Goldberg
Mike Gabriel
Writer:Carl Binder
Philip LaZebnik
Susannah Grant
Composer:Alan Menken
Length:81 minutes
(1 hour 21 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Family
Sorting Tub:Echo
IMDB Rating:6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:56%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: An English soldier and the daughter of an Algonquin chief share a romance when English colonists invade seventeenth-century Virginia.

Reaction: Not as historically accurate as I'd prefer, and not the best from Disney, but there are good songs and kids should enjoy it.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Eric Goldberg => Director
Mike Gabriel => Director
Carl Binder => Writer
Philip LaZebnik => Writer
Susannah Grant => Writer
Alan Menken => Composer
Billy Connolly => Ben  (voice)
Christian Bale => Thomas  (voice)
Danny Mann => Percy  (voice)
David Ogden Stiers => Governor Ratcliffe / Wiggins  (voice)
Frank Welker => Flit  (voice)
Gordon Tootoosis => Kekata  (voice)
Irene Bedard => Pocahontas  (voice)
James Apaumut Fall => Kocoum  (voice)
Jim Cummings => Powhatan / Kekata (singing voice)
Joe Baker => Lon  (voice)
John Kassir => Meeko  (voice)
Judy Kuhn => Pocahontas (singing voice)
Linda Hunt => Grandmother Willow  (voice)
Mel Gibson => John Smith  (voice)
Michelle St. John => Nakoma  (voice)
Russell Means => Powhatan  (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The film's release on June 23, 1995 was also the four-hundredth anniversary of the real [?] Pocahontas' birth.
  • Animators working on the film regarded it as being one of the hardest films ever produced by the studio. The complex color schemes, angular shapes, and facial expressions meant that the film was in production for five years. The hard work paid off, however. Pocahontas is now frequently cited as being one of the most beautifully- and realistically-animated characters in the Disney canon, her fluid movements mainly being attributed to rotoscoping.
  • Irene Bedard (Pocahontas) and Christian Bale (Thomas) both went on to appear in [?] Terrence Malick's live-action version of the Pocahontas story, The New World (as Pocahontas's mother and John Rolfe, respectively).
  • The first film to feature Mel Gibson singing.
  • Colors of the Wind was the first song written for the production and helped define the tone and direction of the film.
  • In their quest for authenticity, the Disney studios hired mostly Native American actors to do the voices. They also employed Native American consultants and had a session with a real shaman. Despite these efforts, prominent Native American activists issued an open letter condemning the film for its historical inaccuracies and stereotyping of the Indian people. However, actor and Native American activist Russell Means (who provides the speaking role and physical inspiration of Powhatan) has referred to the film, in particular the opening, as being the "single best representation of American Indians that Hollywood has ever done".
  • In the very first draft of the script the character of "Grandmother Willow" was written as a male character who was the spirit of the river, "Old Man River". The song "Just Around the Riverbend" was written for this character to be sung. Gregory Peck was offered the role and, as much as it pained him to do it, turned it down because he felt the title character needed a motherly figure to turn to for advice. Soon the filmmakers agreed with him and the character was changed.
  • The Disney executives had all the secondary animal characters, such as Meeko and Flit, lose all their dialogue in order to make the film a bit more serious. John Candy had provided a large amount of voice work into a character named "Redfeather", a turkey as Pocahontas's sidekick. However, after Candy's death in 1994, the concept was scrapped.
  • Richard White was originally going to voice Governor Ratcliffe, but the filmmakers felt the audience would hear White's distinctive voice and think of him as Gaston from Beauty and the Beast. So he was replaced with David Ogden Stiers, who also voiced Ratcliffe's Manservant Wiggins. Coincidentally, Stiers was also a cast member of Beauty and the Beast as the voice of Cogsworth the Clock.
  • In real life, Pocahontas would have been more likely to be topless.
  • Sean Bean was considered to voice John Smith; however, Disney felt they needed an actor well known in America. Brian Cox, Rupert Everett, Stephen Fry, and Patrick Stewart were considered for the role of Governor Ratcliffe.
  • After Ratcliffe wounds John, Pocahontas gives him some willow bark to "help with the pain". Native Americans actually chewed willow bark to relieve pain, because it's been proven to contain salicylic acid, which became the basis of Aspirin.
  • This is one of two Disney animated movies inspired by a true story, the other being Mulan. Pocahontas is one of only two Disney Princesses to be born in America, the other being Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. Pocahontas is also one of only two Disney Princesses to have a visible tattoo. The other being Kida from Atlantis: The Lost Empire.