History Disney / Pocahontas

20th Mar '17 11:21:21 PM alnair20aug93
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1995's ''Pocahontas'' is the 33rd entry in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon. It is [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory inspired by true events]], specifically by John Smith's rewrite of Pocahontas' life, which she herself vehemently denied. It takes the old legend of the Native American girl who supposedly saved the life of Englishman John Smith and turns it into a musical with few roots in the historical record, giving Pocahontas a significant age upgrade as well as romantic interest in John Smith. It literally has more [[JustForPun roots]] in fantasy, in fact a supporting character is a talking willow tree.

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1995's ''Pocahontas'' is the 33rd entry in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon. It is [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory inspired by true events]], specifically by John Smith's rewrite of Pocahontas' life, which she herself vehemently denied. It takes the old legend of [[UsefulNotes/{{Pocahontas}} the Native American girl girl]] who supposedly saved the life of Englishman John Smith and turns it into a musical with few roots in the historical record, giving Pocahontas a significant age upgrade as well as romantic interest in John Smith. It literally has more [[JustForPun roots]] in fantasy, in fact a supporting character is a talking willow tree.


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If you're looking for the RealLife Pocahontas, click on the UsefulNotes page.
31st Jan '17 5:04:05 PM Willbyr
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1995's ''Pocahontas'' is the 33rd entry in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon. It is [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory inspired by true events]], specifically by John Smith's rewrite of Pocahontas' life, which she herself vehemently denied. It takes the old legend of the Native American girl who supposedly saved the life of Englishman John Smith and turns it into a musical with few roots in the historical record, giving Pocahontas a significant age upgrade as well as romantic interest in John Smith. It literally has more [[{{Pun}} roots]] in fantasy, in fact a supporting character is a talking willow tree.

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1995's ''Pocahontas'' is the 33rd entry in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon. It is [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory inspired by true events]], specifically by John Smith's rewrite of Pocahontas' life, which she herself vehemently denied. It takes the old legend of the Native American girl who supposedly saved the life of Englishman John Smith and turns it into a musical with few roots in the historical record, giving Pocahontas a significant age upgrade as well as romantic interest in John Smith. It literally has more [[{{Pun}} [[JustForPun roots]] in fantasy, in fact a supporting character is a talking willow tree.






16th Jan '17 2:17:24 AM eroock
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* RevealingReflection: While John Smith is exploring Virginia, Pocahontas follows him out of curiosity, keeping out of sight. When he stops by a waterfall to get a drink, he notices her reflection and casually gets up then goes to ready an ambush.

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* RevealingReflection: While John Smith is exploring Virginia, Pocahontas follows him out of curiosity, keeping out of sight. When he stops by a waterfall to get a drink, he notices her reflection and casually gets up then goes to ready an ambush.ambush.
* RidingIntoTheSunset: The last scene has them sailing off into the sunset.
16th Jan '17 1:52:12 AM eroock
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->''Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?''

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5th Jan '17 8:39:48 PM creader
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* DoesNotLikeShoes[=/=]EarthyBarefootCharacter: The Native American Indians of the film are perpetually barefoot except for a few pairs of moccasins.
** There's even a brief closeup of Pocahontas' feet at the start of the song [[IWantSong "Just Around the Riverbend"]] as she is climbing into her canoe.

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* DoesNotLikeShoes[=/=]EarthyBarefootCharacter: DoesNotLikeShoes: The Native American Indians of the film are perpetually barefoot except for a few pairs of moccasins.
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moccasins. There's even a brief closeup of Pocahontas' feet at the start of the song [[IWantSong "Just Around the Riverbend"]] as she is climbing into her canoe.



* DramaticWind: And how! The heroine is almost constantly followed by winds that artistically blow leaves around. According to Wikipedia, this wind actually represents the guiding spirit of her MissingMom.
** Russell Means, who voiced Powhatan, points out that wind ''is'' a powerful spiritual force in many Native American worldviews.
* DumbassHasAPoint: Wiggins hits the nail on the head for why the Native Americans attacked the Englishmen while they were digging for their gold. This astonishingly accurate assumption is ignored because Ratcliffe thinks that the Indians are hoarding the gold for themselves and don't want the English to take it.
** Ironically the Native Americans weren't even attacking -- Chief Powhatan's command was to observe them, not engage.

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* DramaticWind: And how! The heroine is almost constantly followed by winds that artistically blow leaves around. According to Wikipedia, this wind actually represents the guiding spirit of her MissingMom.
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MissingMom. Russell Means, who voiced Powhatan, points out that wind ''is'' a powerful spiritual force in many Native American worldviews.
* DumbassHasAPoint: Wiggins hits the nail on the head for why the Native Americans attacked the Englishmen while they were digging for their gold. This astonishingly accurate assumption is ignored because Ratcliffe thinks that the Indians are hoarding the gold for themselves and don't want the English to take it.
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it. Ironically the Native Americans weren't even attacking -- Chief Powhatan's command was to observe them, not engage.



* EmpathyPet: Meeko and Flit for Pocahontas, Percy for Ratcliffe (who does a genuinely touching HeelFaceTurn and becomes hers).
** Granted, Percy was never really a perfect parallel to Ratcliffe in the first place.

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* EmpathyPet: Meeko and Flit for Pocahontas, Percy for Ratcliffe (who does a genuinely touching HeelFaceTurn and becomes hers).
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* ThrowTheDogABone: Percy is quite frequently given the opportunity to enjoy various foods and treats. Unfortunately...
** YankTheDogsChain: ...[[{{Jerkass}} Meeko]] steals them from him ''every single time''. He can't catch a break.

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* ThrowTheDogABone: Percy is quite frequently given the opportunity to enjoy various foods and treats. Unfortunately...
** YankTheDogsChain: ...[[{{Jerkass}} Meeko]]
Unfortunately...[[YankTheDogsChain Meeko steals them from him ''every single time''. He can't catch a break.]]



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17th Dec '16 2:01:23 AM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Poor Namontack took a shot to the leg and the last we see him he's still writhing over his wound. Given his tribe's unfamiliarity with gunshot wounds, the odds of his recovery are slim.
24th Nov '16 9:02:32 AM costanton11
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** For Powhatan, [[spoiler:killing his daughter's intended fiancé and most precious warrior.]]
*** Which makes it into sort of a plot hole when you realize he never actively sought out the real murderer on-screen.
16th Nov '16 12:24:34 AM LB7979
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Flit the hummingbird gulps an entire raspberry at one point. Not only do hummingbirds in reality only eat nectar and nothing but nectar, but even if they ''would'' be able to eat solid food, it would have to be in much smaller chunks than an entire raspberry - considering a hummingbird's size it couldn't fit through his troat and thus kill Flit by asphyxiation.
9th Nov '16 8:09:46 AM MovieFan2000
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** Ratcliffe delivers a rather harsh one to Thomas.
-->'''Ratcliffe''': Oh, and Thomas you've been a slipshod sailor and a poor excuse for a soldier. Don't disappoint me again.
1st Nov '16 10:50:54 AM Prinzenick
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* DisneyFication: The film shredded everything we know about the historical Pocahontas. For one thing, she was between 10 and 12 years old when she first met John Smith, making a romantic relationship unlikely at best. Her father had fifty wives and many children. She was taken to Jamestown as a hostage and married before her trip to London, and no Armada was threatening to annihilate her people. John Smith was not a Prince Charming type, but in fact an unattractive, short man with a giant woolly beard. The only bit they got right was her saving Smith from execution, and even that is considered by some historians to be the enactment of a ritual (and thus Smith wasn't in any real danger). [[UnreliableNarrator Still other historians suspect Smith of making up the entire story, since it doesn't appear until he wrote his memoirs, four years after her ''death'']]. And she didn't actually marry John Smith. She married John Rolfe. In real life, John Smith was more of a father-type figure to her than a love interest.
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