Pocahontas (1995)


pocahontas“[singing] You think I’m an ignorant “savage” and you’ve been so many places; I guess it must be so, but still I cannot see if the savage one is me. How can there be so much that you don’t know? You don’t know.” – Pocahontas

Number of Times Seen – between 5-10 times (Theater in 1995, video, DVD and 22 Apr 2014)

Brief Synopsis – During the English conquest of the new world in the 1600’s, an explorer and a young Indian girl find love amid all of the chaos.

My Take on it – Disney’s animated movie renaissance that began with The Little Mermaid (1989) six years before this movie came out was still in full swing and this movie continued their success.

The story is somewhat based on the historical account of the original conquest of The New World in the early 1600’s but the savagery of the British and of the Indians is played down here.

Many people complained at the historical inaccuracies of the movie, but if you already know it isn’t based on the complete truth, it’s quite entertaining.

The animation is done exquisitely and once again the songs and music are excellent.  This movie won both Oscars for Best Music Score and Best Song for “Colors of the Wind” which has a theme that combines love of the Earth and its creatures (environmentalism) and also how to try to overcome racism and perceived bad thoughts of people you don’t know but just think of as savages.

Like most of the main songs of Disney movies from the 90’s have two versions; the one sung by the character(s) and the the one that is sung over the credits.  I like both versions of this song, but think that the credits one sung by Vanessa Williams is more emotional. (Which do you like better?)

Hear the version from within the movie here.

Hear the version sung by Vanessa Williams here.

This movie had a premiere showing at Central Park in NYC that was attended by more than 100,000 people.  It holds the record for the largest premiere of a movie ever.

Bottom Line – Historic storyline, great animation, amazing songs. Part of Disney’s Renaissance in the 90’s. Recommended

Rating – Globe Worthy

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