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Capt. John Smith leads a rag-tag band of English sailors soldiers to the New World to plunder its riches for England (or, more precisely, for Governor Ratcliffe, who comes along for the ride). Meanwhile, in this New World, Chief Powhatan has pledged his daughter, Pocahontas, to be married to the villages greatest warrior. Pocahontas, however, has other ideas. She has seen a vision of a spinning arrow, a vision she believes tells her change is coming. Her life does indeed change when the English ship lands near her village. Between Ratcliffe, who believes the savages are hiding the gold he expected to be plentiful, and Powhatan, who believes these pale newcomers will destroy their land, Smith and Pocahontas have a difficult time preventing all-out war, and saving their love for each other.
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(22 May 2013)
Most people can this film immediately for it not being historicallyaccurate, even though it never claims to be. Personally I don't understandwhy a film that uses loose renditions of characters that once existed isimmediately saddled with the burden of being historically accurate down tothe smallest nuance. (Will someone please find me the "Based on a TrueStory" that is subliminally hidden somewhere in the credits of this film?) "Pocahontas" suffers for other reasons, namely a lot of very flat, murkybackgrounds that do not provide interaction the way The Lion King's did. Everywhere you look in this film, there is a black and bluish green hazethat is supposed to represent the unspoiled American forests of old, andcharacters who dash around it as though they actually understand that it'sjust airbrushed cardboard standing up to block the viewer from seeing gripson their coffee break. Yes, this whole movie is an animated version ofsoundstage filming, and one gets the sense that the only way those treescould be alive would be to have one actually sprout a face and starttalking. What a shame that it was only during the musical numbers that thecreators brought vividness to this potentially beautiful landscape, and leftit very dreary everywhere else. Really, the songs are the only parts ofthis movie that have passion in them, and it doesn't help that most of themain characters (including John Smith and Chief Powhattan) are kept as flatas the backgrounds. Right when the dialogue starts to get interesting andpersonality threatens to appear, the scene is interrupted by various formsof interruption which seem to interrupt solely for the purpose of curtailingthe development of the characters. There is something corny about theclimax of this movie as well, that the two warring parties are singing asthey prepare to kill one another. The animals characters are endearing,but it's the humans that are necessary to make this film successful, and notone of them has half the charm of Meeko. Worth renting for the music andsome clever scenes, but this one's just not powerful or moving enough to bea classic.
(21 May 2013)
I totally disagree with the original poster the movie was excellent in every aspect. The musicals were the best part of the movie. Pictures were great this movie is definitely worth your time. This is great for the kids. I give this a 9 3/4.
Grann-Bach (20 May 2013)
This is somewhat unique, for a number of reasons. Perhaps mostimportantly, it is, as my summary states, mature. Gone are the talkinganimals, the show-stopping musical number(as were a staple of theDisney cartoons of the time), and the themes, the tone, is moreserious. This is the only Disney animated feature actually based on atrue event. There is still humor that the children can laugh at, andit's still much more simple and easy to take in than a lot ofentertainment, but this has things for the grown-ups, as well. Thisseems to have lead to it being somewhat overlooked and less popularwith kids. Another difference is how realistic the look is. Thecharacters, the movements, faces, everything, it all looks far morereal than other animated pieces. The animation is magnificent. Thecolors are used well, and quite subtly, in key sequences. The acting isgood, and Bedard and Kuhn, the speaking and singing voice of the titlecharacter, respectively, are both excellent. Gibson isn't a bad singer,and he fits the character of Smith, both in attitude and voice. Themajority of the actors lending their voices to the Indian charactersare actual Native Americans, which is definitely an impressive andnote-worthy detail. The music is great. Characterization is nicelydone. For a film that's about an hour and fifteen minutes, sanscredits, we know more about these people, and understand them better,than you'd expect. The plot is well-written, but of course it is afictional recounting of the actual story(this is Disney, after all).The pacing is marvelous, it never really drags. The DVD extras are amixed bag... not all are well-produced or aesthetically appealing(oreven introduced properly). The multi-language reel, though, is well-cutand well-done, both idea and execution get high marks... although asmuch as I dislike Danish dubbing, I'm not sure that I was as relievedas I was insulted that the Danish voice was not part of it; the Swedishand Norwegian were! Also, the interactive adventure can amuse, and mayinform. I recommend this to anyone willing to watch Disney, especiallythe more mature audiences. 7/10
Frollo (19 May 2013)
When I saw it for the first time in the theatre, I didn't like it. Comparedwith Aladdin and The Lion King, I found it slow and boring. But being aDisney fan and all, I had to buy the tape anyway, and that's when I reallystarted to like the movie. The backgrounds are beautiful. I like the trees.Where I live, we don't have trees that tall. I found them impressing. Andfor the story... I'm not that familiar with American history, so I'd neverheard of Pocahontas before. That's why I don't judge the story on historicaccuracy, I simply consider it a beautiful Romeo & Juliet-likestory.And after 4 or 5 viewings, I even started to appreciate the slowpace.If you'd asked me in 1995, I'd given it a 5 out of 10. Now, it's an8.
(17 May 2013)
This review is from: Pocahontas (Two-Disc 10th Anniversary Edition) (DVD) I love this movie! I think that the way that John Smith is portrayed by Mel Gibson makes him a great character. I also enjoy how Pocahontas wants peace between the Indians and the English Settlers. I think that if Disney can make movies based on Mulan and Pocahontas's stories, they can do Sacajawea, Thomas Edison and other real historical heroes and heroines!
(17 May 2013)
I enjoyed the Pocahontas movie, but do not rate it as highly as the other recent Disney animated movies. I don't think it is as important for Disney to stick to the exact storyline as it is to tell an interesting story. I agree with endder of San Francisco. The video transfer to DVD is terrible. The picture looked very grainy, especially when compared to other Disney DVD movies. When viewed on an enhanced widescreen TV, there was a lot of shadowing. The video still looked better than the VHS version, but not by much. I agree it might be better to wait for a new release before purchasing. Better to rent first.
wicklexpickle (12 May 2013)
I've loved this film since the first time I saw it. It's magical, anddoes not show an anorexic helpless damsel like most other children'sfilms. I love the music, and the ending is strong, and dose not really taperoff with no thought. The voices in this movies go really well with thecharacters. The animation is stunning and this movie dose not really patronisechildren. Overall a lovable tale. I think I always will love this film. I caneven remember going to see it at the cinema, all those years ago. One of Disney's best films. Absolutely one of my fave movies.
gazineo-1 (12 May 2013)
Pointless and only for children animation Disney movie based on the legendof the Indian girl Pocahontas and Captain John Smith, her English lover. Toomany musical scenes cut off the impact of the story and made the movieboring and artificial. Only the moments with Meeko and Flirt, Pocahontas'sbest friends, have some spark.I give this a 04 (four).
covergirl10452 (08 May 2013)
After seeing the movie Pocahontas, I think it was great. The fact thatshe fell in love with John Smith was sweet and touching, but they werefrom different villages. Also, I felt bad for Pocahontas when she wentto go talk to her father after Kocoum got shot and her father was like"I told you to stay in the village. You disobeyed me. You have shamedyour father." I'm sorry that happened, but she got what she deserved.She kept sneaking away from the village when she was told to stay put.People were wondering where she was at and worried sick about her. Andyou know else? She's lucky that she wasn't shot dead that night. Do youthink that her father wanted to find out she was dead somewhere? Peoplewere out there with guns ready to blow their brains out and she'ssneaking away. I know she was in love with Smith, but that's no excusefor disobeying her father. If she wanted to help, she should haveobeyed the rules, instead of violating them. Well, that was courageousof her when she saved Smith from being killed by her father. Plus, I amglad that her father came around and chose not to kill Smith. I likedthat scene. He let him live. Good.
(08 May 2013)
Pocahontas (Disney Gold Classic Collection)~ Irene Bedard is not even close to being a historically accurate movie. Then again this is a great animated classic created by the amazing minds working for Disney. The music is amazing, the songs are a bit sappy and laden with way to much emotions at times but that is the Disney trademark after all. The animation is some of the best in the business and Mel Gibson does a bang up job doing the voice for John Smith. The message of the movie is good for children as it teaches tolerance and this is very important in todays multicultural society. I would definitely give this 5 stars since it is one of the best animated created in quite a while!
(04 May 2013)
This review is from: Pocahontas (Disney Gold Classic Collection) (DVD) Pocahontas is one hour and twenty-one minutes long and released in theaters on June 23, 1995. The film takes place in the year 1607 on a voyage from London to James Town. The crewmen are basically looking for adventure, Governor John Radcliffe (the leader of the expedition and unknown to the crew) is seeking to find gold mainly because Spain has found gold in Mexico and South America and this is his last chance to redeem himself. Captain John Smith is also part of the crew mainly for the adventure. Once the ship lands in the New World, Governor John Radcliffe hands out the shovels and picks and orders his men to start digging. Meanwhile John Smith is scouting the land for any Indians that might be unfriendly to the settlers. While scouting the land, he meets Pocahontas and the two quickly bond. John Smith explains to Pocahontas that the expedition here is to look for gold and Pocahontas tells John Smith that her village has no gold. John Smith returns to camp and explains to the crew and Governor John Radcliffe that the Tsenacommacah people have no gold. Governor John Radcliffe believes this is a lie and plans to attack the tribe at first sunlight. John Smith sneaks back out at night to warn Pocahontas and her people. Kocoum comes looking for Pocahontas and finds John Smith there with her. Kocoum attacks John Smith and is killed by Thomas who is trying to save John. John Smith is brought back by the village to be killed the next day. Before Chief Powhatan can kill him Pocahontas intervenes and saves John. The crew sees this and puts down their weapons; however Governor Radcliffe thinks this is a trick and aims his musket at Chief Powhatan to kill him. Captain John Smith saves Chief Powhatan and is serious wounded. In the Captain John Smith is taken back to London for treatment of his wound and Governor John Radcliffe is sent back to London in chains. The main thing I did not like about the movie and did not mention above is the character of Grandmother Willow which is a giant willow tree with a women's face. Those scenes just made the movie weird. Pocahontas is the first Disney movie to be bases on a real life person even if the movie did interpret the events correctly. Pocahontas is an enjoyable movie to watch and gets an A+.DVD EXTRASChapter SelectionSet UpBonus MaterialA.Pocahontas Read-AlongB.Pocahontas Trivia GameC.Music Videoa.Colors of the Wind - Performed by Vanessa Williamsb.If You Never Knew - Performed by Jon Secada and ShaniceD.Theatrical TrailerPreview TrailersA.The Little Mermaid II Return to the SeaB.The Tigger MovieC.Toy Story 2PlayVHS PREVIEWSA.The Hunchback of Notre DameB.The Many Adventures of Winnie the PoohC.The AristocatsD.Aladdin and the King of Thieves
(03 May 2013)
I was so disappointed in this movie. And it has nothing to do with the "historical accuracy" of the movie...what really bothered me was the way Pocohontas and her man apparently learned to speak each others' languages in about 5 seconds. I know they've got to condense that part of the story, but this is ridiculous!
(30 April 2013)
This review is from: Pocahontas (Amazon Instant Video) Watch it! I guess I have to write more words so enjoy my rambling. Oh whatever this is such a waste of time
(30 April 2013)
This review is from: Pocahontas (Two-Disc 10th Anniversary Edition) (DVD) Super fast shipping! Product came as stated. It was just as good watching it now as it was when I first saw it when it came out :)
Humphrey Fish (30 April 2013)
Well here is the story about me seeing this movie, about ten years ago,when I was still pretty little, my mother brought this movie home fromthe library she works at for me and my older sister to watch. And so Idid watch it, and what can I say about this movie in its favor. I cansay that I was really enjoying it all the way through. It is not asgood as previous films such as The Lion King, but I really liked this.Also, the music is not Lion King material, but I really like the musicas well as the movie as a whole. Though not the greatest animated movieever made, that is once again a movie title that I must give to theLion King, but this movie is still a very likable film all the same. Myfavorite song in this movie was the award-winning Colors Of The Wind,because I thought that that song was a very calm, soothing, andbeautiful song that made me just want to sit back and relax.Though it is not as great as the previous Disney installment the LionKing, this is still a very great animated movie that I would reallyrecommend that you see as part of you animation education. This is alsoa very great animated movie that you will really end up enjoying allthe way through. I have said that it is not the greatest, but it isstill an animated feature film that is very enjoyable and I can alsosay that it is a movie that I was cheered through all the way! So all in all, I would totally recommend this to you, because you aregoing to be enjoying this from the very beginning of the movie to thevery end of the movie! 9 stars out of 10.
Raven_Z (30 April 2013)
Pochahontas tells the story of a Native American girl who, with hertribe, lives on the coast of the eastern United States when the Britisharrive in their attempts to colonize the area. Curious because of adream she's been having lately, she follows on of the Englishmen, JohnSmith, and the two fall in love. They have to work together to stop awar between the native tribe and the English, caused by their bias foreach other.On the surface, this is a great Disney film. It has all the ingredients- good songs, good animation, cute love story. However, there areseveral issues with the film:Firstly, and I know many of you are sick of hearing this, but thehistorical inaccuracies. I know that Disney makes changes toeverything, and they have to - they make children's movies! If kids sawthe original version of The Little Mermaid, they'd probably behorrified! But I just can't overlook how much is brushed over in thisfilm. I'm sure most of you are aware of the true story of Pochahontas -twelve years old, kidnapped by John Smith, carried back to Englandwhere she died of TB on the day she was supposed to leave and go backto North America, etc etc etc. I completely understand that Disneycouldn't very well make *that* into a movie, but yet, every time Iwatch Pochahontas, the actually history plays in the back of my head.But hey, it's a kids movie. They don't know this stuff.My other problem is that Pochahontas is the start of the downfall ofDisneys classic animation. You can see obvious cracks in what used tobe fantastic films, and Pochahontas is the beginning of that. Thesongs, while great, feel forced in this movie - you sit there andquestion why they're just singing in the woods. Previous Disney moviespulled off the songs without you wondering such thing. Then there's thestoryline.While Pochahontas would definitely be considered "Classic Disney,"particularly in comparison to animated toons they're producing today(Not all bad, but definitely different!), it has a definitive "feel"which separates it from it's predecessors. My only explanation is theseriousness of the plot. While all previous Disney films had seriousissues going on in their plots, they still remained lighthearted."Pochahontas" has to rely on a raccoon and a humming bird to providethe occasional comedic relief. For the rest of the film, you haveAmerica's predominantly white population having to watch about howtheir ancestors were murderers, and apparently cared about nothing morethan gold (A generalization I didn't appreciate. While I understandthat what the Europeans did to North America's natives was horrible, Ifind it hard to believe that every single person coming out of Europehad a cash register for a heart, and didn't care about the land atall). I'm not denying the validity of the topic, but it's a bit tooheavy material for kids.I like "Pochahontas." While not being one of my all-time favourites,it's still a dang good Disney film, and it will always be considered aclassic. However, this film can be plotted as the exact moment when theface of Disney began to change, and thus started it's relial oncomputer animation as opposed to classic, hand-drawn animation.
Spleen (27 April 2013)
So why don't I have a better memory? I think it's because the flaws in`Pocahontas' are of the kind most likely to be noticed by lovers of fineanimation like myself. The following paragraph will read like nit-picking,but I must write it and get it out of the way.The canoes, the GARISHLY coloured bark on Mother Willow - almost all of thecomputer-generated bits and pieces just look ugly and ill at ease in thishand-drawn world. Just because we CAN use 3-D software, doesn't mean weMUST ... And Disney's fabled character animation is a bit of a let-down,too. The general character mould is meant to evoke a kind of cheapwood-cut, which is fine, but the style doesn't appear to lend itself tofluid or convincing or appealing movement. The English crew have littlepersonality, and the Native Americans might as well have been carved asdrawn.This does NOT apply to Pocahontas herself. (Who is, incidentally, agorgeous babe. This is not important. I just thought I'd mention it.) During the scene in which she and John Smith first meet face-to-face we'reas mesmerised as they are: it looks as if they're just standing still; but,of course, if they WERE just standing still, it wouldn't work at all. THAT'S animation for ya. Meeko, the comic relief raccoon, is anothertriumph. I've always thought Disney's animals to be far funnier than, say,Warner Brothers', largely because the animators are expressing the animal'scharacter with the drawings rather than pasting gags on top of thecharacter: were I to argue this case at length, Meeko would be one of mystar exhibits.My only real complaint about the story is that we're rushed through it a bittoo quickly. Twenty more minutes - fifteen - could have made all thedifference. When will the day come when animated films aren't all the samelength? But it's moving enough even so. If animation still lives in achildren's ghetto, we should blame not the creators - who lavish moreimagination and feeling on their work than is ever lavished on stuff like`Ten Things I Hate About You', to far less critical reward - but theaudience.
(26 April 2013)
"Pocahontas" is the first Disney movie aimed at the adult audience rather than kids. While previous animated features were filled with lots of humor, talking animals/objects/cartoonish-looking characters, "Pocahontas" is a complete opposite, therefore it's got many people complaining about. Aside from the love story between Pocahontas and John Smith, the main theme of the movie is the strong message of tolerance, harmony and wisdom. Some viewers need to understand that this film was created to teach our minds and touch our hearts, whereas the entertainment value is not the most important this time."Pocahontas" brings honor to the Native American society, perfectly reflecting the beauty of their world, that was so different than the "civilized" one. The Indians are presented as the spiritual people, respecting their land and all the forces of nature. In the most memorable sequence, Pocahontas is singing: "I know every rock and tree and creature has a life, has a spirit, has a name/ And we are all connected to each other in a circle, in a hoop that never ends". This message is very inspiring to both adults and children, as nowadays, in the world ruled by money, we're so blinded and preoccupied with the material values, that we forget what's basic and ultimate. In terms of giving a valuable lesson, "Pocahontas" is probably Disney's most important movie to date. Animation and the backgrounds are just stunning. Pastel-dominated color palette makes the film a wonderful visual experience. Unlike "Aladdin" or "The Little Mermaid", "Pocahontas" has far more realistic character design. No huge eyes, no too big heads and anorectic postures; all the characters seem to be made of flesh and blood and are so perfectly animated, that sometimes you forget they're just hand-drawn cartoons. All the animators (we have an excellent opportunity to "meet" them, thanks to the bonus material on the dvd) captured the personalities of the characters, transfering their own vision, emotions and sense of style into paper. The most wonderful of them all is, of course, Glen Keane, the Pocahontas' animator who has made an impressive progress since the plain Ariel days. While "the mermaid" definitely didn't look top-notch, Pocahontas looks just too good! She's anatomically perfect, she has a beautiful and sophisticated facial features and looks like an extremely talented actress - if it wasn't for the fact she's animated, she could be Hollywood's hottest lady. Oh, and that voice...The voice actors - while the animator provides the looks, it's the actor who captures the spirit. Spirit of Pocahontas is simply beautiful, thanks to Irene Bedard, who's voice sounds maturer and deeper than any Disney heroine before. Irene, a Native American actress (who looks surprisingly similar to Pocahontas), did an outstanding job making her character unique and multi-dimensional. Irene also hosts "The Making Of Pocahontas" available on the 10th anniversary dvd, so we can see how beautiful and lovely she actually is. Another surprise is David Odgen Stiers, a Disney veteran, who's credits include many many characters (f.ex. Cogsworth in "Beauty & the Beast") - this time he's a villain, Governor Ratcliffe, as well as his servant Wiggins (!!!). Ratcliff is a perfectly arogant and wicked huge man, while Wiggins is an annoying little guy - I can't help but admiring this extremely versatile actor. Mel Gibson does a great job as John Smith - I really liked his performance. Pocahontas' father, chief Powhatan is voiced by Russel Means - his deep voice perfectly fits the character. It's no secret that Disney voice casts have always been flawless and this time the voice makeovers are just perfect.If you're not an animation fan, the reason you should see Pocahontas" anyway, is the amazingly beautiful music composed by a musical genius, Alan Menken. "Pocahontas" soundtrack is mellower than any of previous Disney soundtracks, as the movie is rather adult-themed. I'm pretty sure that if it wasn't for Menken's music, "Pocahontas" wouldn't have been such a remarkable work of art as it is. The soundtrack is engaging on each level - both musically and lirycally (Stephen Schwartz wrote great lyrics). It truly reflects (or maybe creates) the atmosphere of the story. Instrumental tracks are the perfect background to the events of the story - they're very cinematic and telling; there are several moments in the movie when the characters don't need to say anything, for the music says it all. The Broadway style musical numbers are very important to the action - they establish the characters' point of view in a unique and memorable way. The "Pocahontas" leading lady's songs are the true standouts - Pocahontas got to sing the most beautiful and valuable songs the Disney heroine has ever been apriveleged to sing. "Just Around The Riverbend" is a lively manifesto of Pocahontas' independent and adventurous spirit - it's the first time in a movie when we begin to love the character. But the strongest moment comes with "Colors of the Wind" - Pocahontas' anthem of wisdom, love and harmony - the message of this song is ultimate to our world and all the universe. Listening to "Colors of the Wind" is nothing short of unforgettable EXPERIENCE and I believe it's one of the best songs in history (well deserved Academy Award). Pocahontas' singing voice is provided by a Broadway veteran, Judy Kuhn. What's very interesting, she had been casted before they even found a speaking voice of the character. Hearing her voice I can easily see why - Judy has this unique ability to give a strong, emotional performance without getting whiny or trying to hard. Everything's in control yet honest, humble yet impressive, mature yet youthful. That stands for Pocahontas' personality - Judy makes her sound like a self-confident, unapologetic young woman who doesn't want to prove anything, but demonstrates her beliefs and wants to be taken the way she is. I also adore the Polish version of singing Pocahontas, beautifully sung by the wonderful Edyta Gorniak, who sounds different than Judy Kuhn, but is equally perfect.If you complain that "Pocahontas" is not historically accurate, note that in fact it wasn't meant to be. It's based on a legend of Pocahontas, who was the inspiration to make a valuable movie with strong message. So perceive this film as a whole new story and open your mind to enjoy it the way it deserves. It's a little uncoventional for a Disney film, but that only makes it special."Pocahontas" - this movie is the paradise to the eyes, heaven to the ears, and bliss to the soul. A must-see masterpiece!
(18 April 2013)
This review is from: Pocahontas (Two-Disc 10th Anniversary Edition) (DVD) My favorite Disney movie of ALL time and this is a wonderful DVD! It has extras on a second dvd and the scene of Pocahontas and John Smtih singing together was added back in! GREAT DVD!!
Michael Fortuna (17 April 2013)
This is the worst movie ever. EVER. Disney I guess decided to stop theirgreat streak of great movies by making this piece of garbage. The sadthingis this movie came out on my birthday. Pocahontas is a sappy femalecharacter and Mel Gibson should have said no to this stinker of a cartoonmovie.
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