* ActorInspiredElement:
** Ben was written as another English settler. However Billy Connolly struggled to do an English accent and they just made him Scottish instead.
** Russell Means, an activist for Native Americans, had some of the lines in the script changed to more accurately reflect how the characters would address each other.
* AwesomeDearBoy: Russell Means called this "the finest feature film on American Indians Hollywood has turned out", and signed on in the hopes of creating a more sympathetic portrayal of Native Americans in mainstream film. The Native opinions on the film are [[LoveItOrHateIt split down the middle]], so YMMV with how well he succeeded.
* CreatorsFavorite: Filmmakers were reluctant to create Grandmother Willow at first (see below), but when scripting her and Pocahontas's first scene, they fell in love with the character - and decided to greatly expand her role. She became an EnsembleDarkhorse for fans of the film.
* CutSong: "If I Never Knew You", later animated and restored for the 10th Anniversary DVD. However, the 2-Movie Collection Blu-ray and DVD cut it out again.
* FakeBrit:
** Australian Mel Gibson as John Smith.
** American David Ogden Stiers voicing both Governor Ratcliffe and Wiggins.
** Borderline example with Christian Bale, who is Welsh, but had an English accent already. He uses his natural voice for Thomas. Ironically Bale says that Thomas was originally envisioned as Irish or Scottish.
* InkSuitActor:
** Pocahontas was heavily modelled off the appearance of her voice actress Irene Bedard.
** Chief Powhatan was likewise inspired by his voice actor Russell Means.
** Christian Bale also said that the animators sketched him so they could model Thomas's movements off his.
* MagnumOpusDissonance: The studio had high hopes for the film, hoping it would gain an Oscar nomination as ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' had. This and ''Disney/TheLionKing'' were in production at the same time, and many animators opted to work on this as they and studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg saw it as the more prestigious project of the two (Ironically, Katzenberg was one of the creative leads on ''Lion King''). The latter became an insane success. And while this was a significant hit, it received LoveItOrHateIt reactions (Katzenberg was spared some of this backlash due to getting the boot from Disney after ''Lion King'' hit theaters the year prior; the "Reject the winner/embrace the somewhat runner-up" deal had happened to him before with ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'' and ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', and would happen to him at least once more with ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'').
* NonSingingVoice:
** Pocahontas is voiced by Irene Bedard, but they brought in Broadway powerhouse Judy Kuhn to do her singing. According to Bedard, Kuhn was cast first to do the singing and she wasn't brought in until later. Oddly averted with Mel Gibson, who was a much bigger star, and did his own singing, contrary to what you might expect.
** Chief Powhatan and Kekata, whose speaking voices are done by Russell Means (Lakota) and Gordon Tootoosis (Cree-Stoney), respectively, BOTH have their singing done by Creator/JimCummings!
* ReleaseDateChange: Disney originally announced that the extended cut would come to DVD in 2004, but ended up releasing it in 2005, in honor of the movie's 10th anniversary.
* SoMyKidsCanWatch: Mel Gibson signed on to voice John Smith for this reason.
* TalkingToHimself: David Ogden Stiers voiced both Radcliffe and Wiggins. Thus, in the numerous scenes between the two, Stiers is doing all the voice work.
* TomHanksSyndrome: For co-director Creator/EricGoldberg, best known for his cartoonie, WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes-esque animations (namely [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} The Genie]]). This was his first and, thus far, only "serious" film as a creative force.
* TroubledProduction: According to Susannah Grant, one of the writers, no scene was rewritten "less than thirty five times" until it was perfect. Irene Bedard said she had to record her lines for Pocahontas about five different times over a period of two years. The story was constantly changing and whole characters and plots were dropped.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The animal characters were meant to talk but were made [[TheSpeechless mute]] in order to give the film a more "serious" tone.
*** Russell Means at one point declared "How can this be accurate, there's a talking squirrel in it." He was being funny, since to traditional Indian people squirrels ''do'' talk, and so does everything else in nature.
** Prior to his death in 1994, comedian Creator/JohnCandy recorded a good deal of dialogue for a talking turkey character named Redfeather. Alas, the character was cut, not only after Candy's death, but also after the aforementioned decision to keep the animals mute was made.
** Lyricist Howard Ashman, who had worked on previous Disney animated classics such as ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' and ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', was supposed to write the songs for this film as well but died of AIDS prior to completing work on ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', and thus Creator/StephenSchwartz had to fill in for him (this was also what prompted ''Music/JesusChristSuperstar'' and ''Music/{{Evita}}'' lyricist Creator/TimRice to finish Ashman's work on ''Aladdin'', which led to him joining ''The Lion King'' while Menken moved on to ''Pocahontas''.)
** In the July 1995 issue of Disney Adventures magazine which promoted the movie, there's a behind-the-scenes section of pages that includes an early title card from pre-production. It features an early version of Disney's Pocahontas who looks much like Disney's Tiger Lily, with her eyes closed, head held up high, arms folded and surrounded by a few forest animals. This gives the implication that Tiger Lily might have been in consideration to be brought back, but under a different name and to fill in the eponymous role at one point.
** Governor Ratcliffe was originally going to be voiced by Richard White (who previously voiced [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Gaston]]), but he was replaced by David Ogden Stiers (who had played Cogsworth in [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast the same film]]) because the filmmakers felt that audiences would only think of Gaston whenever Ratcliffe spoke if White did the voice.
** A deleted scene reveals Kocoum was supposed to be a Gaston-like, overprotective guy who was forcing Pocahontas to comply to him.
** The deleted scenes from the Blu-ray reveal that Wiggins was originally a lot more villainous, a lot less ditzy and eons more arrogant than the character we see today. He had a very condescending attitude toward the other settlers and displayed the personality of [[PsychopathicManchild an overexcited, childish rich boy]], dressing in full armor and grabbing guns from everywhere over the mere ''excitement'' of getting to shoot Indians.
** Filmmakers ran into a problem while making this, as the three previous Disney films all had a big 'show stopper' number in the middle (think "Under the Sea", "Be Our Guest" and "Never Had A Friend Like Me"), and they felt pressured to compose one for this. The closest contender was a song called "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtEIgPgwU6g In The Middle of the River]]" but they ultimately decided that ''Pocahontas'''s tone didn't lend itself to such a song.
** Grandmother Willow was originally conceived as a character called Old Man River, who was to be voiced by Gregory Peck. When he read the treatment, Peck insisted that Pocahontas needed a maternal figure to turn to - and thus the character became female.
** Filmmakers were adamant about including Pocahontas's mother as a character, stating they were getting sick of the MissingMom in every Disney film. But in their research, they discovered that Chief Powhatan forged alliances with neighbouring tribes by impregnating a local squaw and giving the child away - meaning the real Pocahontas was unlikely to have seen her mother too much. Additionally the mother would have been represented by a star in the sky - and would have appeared at one point to give Pocahontas guidance. This idea was scrapped, as ''Disney/TheLionKing'' was using a similar concept.
** Richard E Grant was going to voice Percy until the decision was made to mute the animals.
** Michelle St John read for Pocahontas too, but Irene Bedard had already been cast. Nonetheless they liked her audition enough to get her to voice Nakoma.
** Sean Bean nearly was chosen to voice John Smith, but Disney opted to try to find a star that was well-known in American - and Mel Gibson was cast instead.
** "Mine, Mine, Mine" was originally supposed to end with a pullout showing the desolation and devastation the English settlers have inflicted in the region. Negative audience reaction changed it to a closeup of Ratcliffe's smug smile.
* Native reactions to this picture varied widely and [[http://www.kstrom.net/isk/poca/pocahont.html Native researcher Paula Giese provided a detailed analysis here]].