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Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World is a 1998 Direct to Video sequel to Disney's Pocahontas.

After the events of the first film, Governor Ratcliffe tries to manipulate King James to declare war on the Powhatan nation in the English colony after apparently having his soldiers kill John Smith during an arrest. Pocahontas travels to London to negotiate in her father's stead, and is confronted with a culture that is alien to her.


This film contains examples of:

  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: The ships in Ratcliffe's armada during the final battle scene are computer-generated.
  • Almost Kiss: Pocahontas and John Rolfe.
  • Animation Bump: Scenes in the rain, particularly in the opening, are very well-animated and lit compared to the rest.
  • Artistic License – History:
    • In the musical number when Pocahontas arrives in London, William Shakespeare is seen writing the script for Hamlet... except that in the movie's timeline, Hamlet was already written and performed at least half a decade by then.
    • The King and his subjects enjoy a bear baiting, which, instead of pitting dogs against a bear tied up to a stake, is replaced with two jesters stabbing a bear with pitch forks. Admittedly, an actual bear baiting would be too graphic for a kids' movie.
  • Ascended Fridge Horror: The first film ends with a truce between the settlers and the natives, which anyone with a knowledge of history knows isn't going to last. The sequel indeed shows that there are plenty of tensions in Jamestown, and Pocahontas struggles to keep the peace.
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  • Back from the Dead: John Smith, once to Pocahontas and once to the soldiers attempting to invade the New World.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: John Smith and John Rolfe.
    John Rolfe: Who started the party without me?
    John Smith: You call this a party?
    John Rolfe: You're not having any fun?
  • Blind Without 'Em: Mrs. Jenkins.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Sort of. Technically, Uttamatomakkin (or "Uti" for short) is Pochontas' bodyguard, assigned by Chief Powhatan to watch over her, but it's John Rolfe's responsibility to bring her to England to see King James and Queen Anne. When Rolfe guards Pocahontas from the rough crew on the ship, he explains that he's "honor-bound" to protect her. This may have been when they began to fall in love.
  • But Not Too Black: Pocahontas has to wear powder on her face for the ball. It's part of the fashion but it has the added effect of lightening her skin.
  • Call-Back:
    • As in the first movie, the opening titles appear over a shot of the Virginia shore.
    • "Where Do I Go From Here" shows the same wolf spirits that appeared during "Colors of the Wind" in the first movie.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Like most of Disney's direct-to-video sequels, this sequel is not considered canon by the company. For example: John Smith & Pocahontas remain an official couple, ignoring John Rolfe completely.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Thomas and Wiggins are nowhere to be seen in the sequel.
  • Circle of Shame: This happens to Pocahontas when she attempts to stop a bear-baiting at King James' party.
  • The Comically Serious: Uttamatomakkin.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Twice in a row. An English settler who was rude to Pocahontas is nearly trampled by John Rolfe's horse. When Pocahontas pushes him out of the way, he just yells "Bloody savage!" and hits her. When this causes a uproar between the Powhatans and the settlers, Pocahontas frantically tries to stop the two groups from killing each other. John Rolfe, however, is the one that defuses the situation by ordering his men to stand down. Pocahontas promptly tells him off for interfering.
  • Continuity Nod: The design for King James in this film is the same one used for his brief appearance in the "Mine Mine Mine" number in the first.
  • Crowd Song: "What A Day In London".
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Invoked by Ratcliffe, who has a bear baiting staged at the hunt ball - knowing Pocahontas will be horrified and speak out of turn.
  • Demoted to Extra: Chief Powhattan, Nakoma, and Grandmother Willow all have extremely minor roles compared to the original, only appeared in the beginning before Pocahontas left for England. In fact, Grandmother Willow only appears in one scene in the entire movie for about a minute.
  • Foil: John Rolfe to John Smith: one is refined and sophisticated, while the other is way more badass (not that John Rolfe isn't a badass—he is). Pocahontas' first impressions of both are complete opposites; Smith's was being nice to Meeko, while Rolfe's was interfering in Pocahontas's attempts to stop a fight from breaking out.
  • Happily Ever Before: If you go by history that is. The movie ends with Pocahontas and John Rolfe getting together, when she would die of smallpox only a couple of years after her marriage.
  • Happy Ending Override: The first film ended with a bittersweet but still hopeful scene of the settlers and natives attempting to co-exist, and Ratcliffe being sent back to England to answer for his crimes. The sequel shows that tensions are still running high in Jamestown, and Ratcliffe managed to get away with everything - and is currently planning to lead an Armada to massacre the Powhatans.
  • Heroic Vow: John Rolfe says he made one to protect Pocahontas - as she is an envoy for her father.
  • The High Queen: The Queen of England - a beautiful and kindly woman who welcomes Pocahontas graciously to the court. As well as that she acts as a voice of reason towards her rather impatient husband.
  • Historical In-Joke: "What A Day In London" features William Shakespeare, in a cameo, getting the idea for the line "to be, or not to be". (Historically, Shakespeare died a couple months prior to Pocahontas's arrival in London and Hamlet was written a few years before the setting of the first film.)
  • Hollywood Costuming: The fashions are an eclectic mix of European fashions from various eras all thrown together into what's supposed to be Jacobean England. We have King James dressed in medieval clothing (hopelessly outdated by the 17th century) while Pocahontas's makeover scene features her hair piled up on her head in a late 18th century style, and being dressed in pantalettes and a crinoline (both from the 19th century, two hundred years in the future). These errors are all the more egregious because the original movie actually did a fairly good job at getting the European costumes to be period correct.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: The King in regards to Ratcliffe. At the end, however, King James has Ratcliffe arrested and possibly even hanged.
  • I Choose to Stay: Uttamatomakkin remains in London with Mrs. Jenkins and the tortured bear.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: The one Pocahontas wears for the ball. Subverted and played somewhat realistically since she was only at the ball for about an hour and it comes undone when she's taken away.
  • Improbable Hairstyle Sequence: While preparing for the ball, before she settles on the style mentioned in the trope above, Mrs. Jenkins goes through various radically different hair styles for Pocahontas.
  • Ironic Echo: "Pity. I so would have preferred to see you hang."
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: How the movie decides to resolve the John Smith/John Rolfe rivalry.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite nearly starting an all-out genocidal war, and failing to bring back resources and riches back to England, Ratcliffe is seen with no loss of power or wealth, and even spun the situation to make John Smith out to be the traitor (but he gets his comeuppance in the end, though).
  • The Lost Lenore: John Smith is a male example, though Pocahontas only believes him dead.
  • Love at First Sight: Pocahontas seems a little too starry-eyed over John Rolfe at first.
  • Love Triangle: Between Pocahontas, Smith and Rolfe.
  • The Makeover: Pocahontas must get one to be presented to the English.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Ratcliffe, even more than in the original. He's got the King in his back pocket and wins over a crowd of nobles with some hired magicians and a few words on appearances.
  • Merchandise-Driven: One wonders if this was the main reasoning behind putting Pocahontas into a pimped-out Western ball gown.
  • Mood Whiplash: A playful scene of Pocahontas and Nakoma having a snowball fight turns sombre when she discovers her Tragic Keepsake from John Smith.
  • Never Found the Body: Which is why John Smith is able to pull off Faking the Dead.
  • News Travels Fast: News of John Smith's apparent death somehow beats John Rolfe across the Atlantic, despite it happening after he left.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Pick any character in "What A Day In London". Averted with Billy Zane, whose accent is quite decent.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Plenty, as it took place at a royal court.
  • The Plan: Ratcliffe pulls one right after "Things Are Not What They Appear" at the Hunt Ball feast.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: A lot of John Smith's lines.
    John Smith: [stops Ratcliffe from killing Pocahontas] Mind if I cut in?
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: At the end of the film, when Ratcliffe once again tries to lie his way out of the situation to King James, but James, having already learned the truth, will have none of it and has Ratcliffe arrested:
    King James: No. More. Lies.
  • Reality Ensues: Despite the fact he was tied up and seemed destined for jail at the end of the original film, Ratcliffe got out of it without a scratch because, being an aristocrat and in higher status than Smith's crew, the king believed him over their accounts.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Almost word for word with John Smith.
  • Second Love: Pocahontas chooses Rolfe over Smith, claiming she doesn't feel the same way for Smith as she did years before.
  • Sequel Non-Entity: All the ship's crew except John Smith.
  • Significant Name Overlap: Pocahontas's Second Love, John Rolfe, has the same name as the first—John Smith.
  • The Silent Bob: Uttamattomakkin.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: Pocahontas's elaborate updo for the Hunt Ball has come undone while she's in the Tower.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Unlike real life, Pocahontas doesn't die at the end.
  • Spot of Tea: In typical English fashion, Mrs. Jenkins puts on a cup of tea for every occasion. This is an anachronism, by the way. Tea wasn't introduced to England until about 1660.
  • Tsundere: Pocahontas towards John Rolfe (at first).
  • The Unpronounceable: Uttamatomakkin (it was John Rolfe who started calling him "Uti").
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • As stated above, John Smith. Though he also Took a Level in Jerkass, acting more arrogant (which is actually closer to how he was historically).
    • Also Ratcliffe. In the original movie, he was more of a greedy Jerkass than an actual Big Bad, but in the sequel, he's a direct opponent of Pocahontas; a cunning and manipulative chessmaster who almost killed John Smith in the very first scene and manipulated the king to declare war on the Powhatan tribe.
  • Villain Song: "Things Are Not What They Appear".
  • Women Are Wiser: The Queen is more calm and level-headed than King James. It's she who believes that there is no gold in Virginia at all.


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