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Nightmare Fuel / Pocahontas

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  • The scene where Pocahontas and John kiss and Kocoum notices. With a terrifying shriek of rage, he charges at John, and tries to straight up murder him.
    • His death is hardly any better: after Thomas shoots him the music utterly stops as he slowly falls over, a look of shock permanently etched on his face
    • Pocahontas' reaction to Kocoum's death counts here too. Seeing the usually serene and dignified chief's daughter staring daggers at Thomas for what he had just done is downright scary. And then she lunges at the man as if she's about to tear him limb from limb.
  • The premise of the "Mine, Mine, Mine" song is fairly creepy as Ratcliffe subtly convinces the settlers to destroy the land in search of gold for himself with promises of shared riches and wealth for them all. He makes it clear he only cares for himself and flashes a Nightmare Face as the page image will attest to demonstrate his malice as he greedily destroys everything while the song continues with a jaunty tone.
    • The original ending to the "Mine, Mine, Mine" song features all the settlers proudly mining and examine their handiwork....which includes the entire forest burnt down to ash. It's surprisingly creepy in a sense.
  • The scene at the waterfall where Pocahontas is following John Smith, who has suddenly appeared to have left. However, as she begins leaping across the rocks, we cut to a shot of John hiding inside of the waterfall with his gun, before he leaps out, aiming it at her. Imagine what would have happened if he had shot her before the mist cleared.
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  • He may not be one of Disney's most beloved villains, but Ratcliffe is one of Disney's most purely spiteful villains. His incredibly passionate racism, mad desire to get his beloved gold, and in the sequel, high status which makes him virtually untouchable, make him a dangerous and frightening villain nonetheless.
  • Savages is the song sung by both sides of the inevitable conflict between the natives and the colonists. Each one prepares for war while singing about how the other side are evil and must be utterly destroyed. It's about as close to a perfect song about racism and genocide as Disney could've done at the time, and between the haunting thunderous music and the striking visuals of the scene, it's chilling how full of hate it is.
    Their skins are hellish red, they're only good when dead, they're vermin as I said!
    Beneath their milky hide, there's emptiness inside. I wonder if they even bleed!
    • What makes it even worse is seeing the sympathetic characters get swept up in the fervor and hatred. One of these is the main character's own father, a person who has been established as a wise and good ruler wanting only what was best for his people. And even he was unable to keep from getting swept up. Indeed, he's the one who starts the song on the Native end.


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