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Pocahontas is a 1995 Animated Musical loosely based on the real historical figure. It was made by Golden Films.

Pocahontas is a young Indian princess who falls in love with a gallant English explorer named John Smith. After he's seemingly killed in an act of betrayal, she continues to try to bring peace between the settlers and her tribe and eventually travels to England to see the conflict from the other side.

As you've probably guessed, it was intended as a Mockbuster of a certain other film based on the Indian princess which also happened to be released the same year.


Pocahontas provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Pocahontas is this, especially when she's in her canoe.
  • Animated Musical
  • Animate Inanimate Object: As is often the case in a Golden Films production, there's an object which comes to life (Doug the dugout canoe, in this case) and no explanation is given.
  • Braids, Beads and Buckskins: The Indians all dress like this.
  • Broken Bird: After she's captured by Gains, Pocahontas loses the will to try and escape her captor and return home. That and she's depressed over John Smith returning to England after a tragic accident.
  • The Chief's Daughter: Pocahontas, obviously.
  • Cosmic Deadline: The ending comes up really quickly and abruptly, with everything resolved in a matter of minutes.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: John Rolfe dies pretty abruptly in a shipwreck, and the movie devotes hardly any time to the aftermath of his death, despite leaving the title character widowed.
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  • Indian Maiden: Pocahontas again. She's this to a tee.
  • Informed Species: Little Fluffy Wing looks nothing like a real chickenhawk. If anything, he more closely resembles some kind of parrot.
  • Karma Houdini: Mr. Gains receives no punishment for his actions.
  • Lean and Mean: Gains is very thin.
  • Magical Native American: One explanation as to why the Indians can talk to birds and have a living canoe.
  • May–December Romance: Pocahontas falls in love with John Smith while she's still a young teenager. He doesn't reciprocate until years later when she's grown into an adult.
  • Meaningful Name: Mr. Gains is a greedy sociopath.
  • Only Sane Man: For a while, the eagle acts like the voice of reason for the movie.
  • Talking Animal: Pocahontas' two bird sidekicks.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Gains has two unnamed minions.
  • True Blue Femininity: Pocahontas seems to wear a lot of blue in the movie.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: To the point of making the Disney film look like a documentary.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Gains and his cronies disappear halfway through the movie.
    • Pocahontas's first husband, whom we can assume was Pocahontas's real-life husband John Rolfe, is quickly forgotten about after he dies at sea. Instead, she just goes back to John Smith as if she hadn't even met her husband.

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