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Pocahontas, in typical Disney style, takes a well-known tale and molds it into an easy-to-digest story set to music. In this case, for the first time at Disney, the story was true. Here's where some people come down on Pocahontas. No, it didn't stay completely true to what really happened with John Smith and the real story of Pocahontas, but it shouldn't have. Pocahontas, the movie, is based on the myth of Pocahontas rather than the reality.
The story starts off great and the familiar elements are welcome for the most part. The latter half of the film is where things really pick up. We get a mature and complex love story between John Smith and Pocahontas as well as a dramatic story of betrayal and acceptance when Pocahontas decides to sacrifice herself for Smith.
As great as it is, the story is not exactly what separates Pocahontas from other films of the Disney Renaissance. That would go to the animation and music. From the opening shot, it's clear. Pocahontas is a breathtaking piece of animation. The characters feel real, yet they're idealized, with simple faces that convey much more than most other cartoons. And that's the thing. This movie doesn't look like a cartoon. It really represents the height of what animation can do. The backgrounds are like paintings, conveying a sense of place as well as any of Disney's best films. It's doubly noteworthy considering the whole film takes place in real-world locations, not enchanted kingdoms or underwater palaces. The Colors of the Wind scene in particular is a jaw-dropping showcase of the enormous talent of all the Disney animators. There is not enough I can say about the animation in Pocahontas. It is phenomenal!
The same goes for the music. Almost every song in Pocahontas is a rousing, bombastic, and sweeping piece of music. From the fast-moving "Just Around the Riverbend" to the wonderfully wicked "Mine, Mine, Mine" to the grand spectacle that is "Colors of the Wind". The songs are up to the quality of the very best Broadway musicals. Again, Pocahontas is so much more than a children's cartoon. It is truly a piece of art.
When all the pieces come together, the story, the animation, and the music, Pocahontas is remarkable. It's a film of craftsmanship and quality. While kids will no doubt enjoy it, it's not made "for" kids. In fact, I'd say the one thing Pocahontas is lacking is the humor of some of the other Disney movies. Still, Pocahontas is a major achievement in animation and it has a timeless message of acceptance to boot. Show this movie to your kids, watch it yourself, just see it. Pocahontas is in a word... Beautiful.
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