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Western Animation / Young Pocahontas

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Young Pocahontas is a 1997 Direct to Video Animated Musical made by UAV Entertainment. It is, of course, a mockbuster of Disney's Pocahontas.

If you think the title suggests that this is some kind of prequel to the traditional Pocahontas story, then prepare to be disappointed. It's the usual story about her meeting John Smith, just with Pocahontas being at a more historically accurate age. As a consequence, their relationship is accurately portrayed as platonic. Don't get too excited. Those two details are pretty much the end of the historical accuracies, as this version features Pocahontas and her talking animal friends stopping an evil Medicine Man from sabotaging relations between the Powhatans and the English settlers.



  • Anachronism Stew: Just some lyrics from the Medicine Man's Villain Song:
    I am an artist with the paint
    And this honey sticks so good
    I will scare them 'til they faint
    Why, I could do makeup in Hollywood!
  • Animated Musical: Like all UAV productions.
  • Beary Friendly: Pocahontas' mentor is a wise bear named Honey.
  • Bound and Gagged: The Medicine Man does this to Pocahontas.
  • Braids, Beads and Buckskins: How the natives dress, of course.
  • But Not Too Black: Pocahontas has lighter skin than the other Native Americans shown in the film.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Medicine Man has no name beyond that title.
  • Evil Colonialist: John Smith's first mate, a diminutive pirate-looking character named Squint, acts like a stereotypical one, with Smith constantly attempting to correct his behavior. Note this is Played for Laughs.
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  • Just a Kid: The Medicine Man regularly tells Pocahontas that she's too young and naive to know what she's talking about.
  • Karma Houdini: While the Medicine Man is banished from the village at the end, Squint faces no punishment for his actions other than the minor ones Smith meted out to him over the course of the film.
  • Lighter and Softer: It's more light-hearted and kiddish than the Disney version, let alone the history it's supposedly dramatizing.
  • Never Say "Die": Pocahontas and her animal friends have to save Smith from being "hurt" by the Medicine Man and his minions. Being armed with arrows and tomahawks, it looks like they might have more in mind than simply hurting him. Despite this, it's apparently okay for Squint to talk about "shooting" the natives. Hey, he didn't say that the shooting would be fatal!
  • Not His Sled: Pocahontas still saves John Smith from being executed (or should that be "hurt"?) by the Powhatans, but instead of throwing herself on top of him, she does it by singing a song about racial tolerance.
  • Politically Correct History: John Smith is amazingly politically correct for a seventeenth-century explorer. He doesn't even like hurting animals. At least the Disney version had to go through a character arc to get there.
  • Shout-Out: At one point, the Medicine Man says, "I'll get you, pretty Pocahontas, and your little friends too!"
  • Smelly Skunk: The Medicine Man gets sprayed by a skunk as part of his Humiliation Conga at the end.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Pocahontas can talk to animals, something which the Medicine Man refuses to believe.
  • Spinoff Babies: The title is evidently meant to suggest this trope. In fact, Pocahontas' age is actually more historically accurate than usual.
  • Stock Beehive: Honey is shown going after these.
  • Tipis and Totem Poles: The Powhatans have totem poles, which come from the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Writing Lines: John Smith's recurring punishment for Squint.

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