Saturday, 17 November 2012

Pocahontas Review


Release Date: 24th August 1995 - Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Feature Animation

Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures Australia

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 81 minutes

Budget: $55,000,000

Box Office Gross: $346,079,773

Plot Summary
Along the edge-waters of 
Virginia, Pocahontas, the 
free-spirited daughter of 
Chief Powhatan, watches 
as a mysterious shipload 
of English settlers arrives, 
led by the greedy Governor 
Ratcliffe and the courageous 
Captain John Smith. Along 
with her playful pals, Meeko, 
a mischievous raccoon, and 
feisty hummingbird, Flit, 
Pocahontas develops a 
strong friendship with 
Captain Smith. But when 
tensions mount between 
their two very different 
cultures, Pocahontas seeks 
the lively wisdom of 
Grandmother Willow to 
help her find a way for 
everyone to live together 
in peace.

Voice Cast
Irene Bedard - Pocahontas
Judy Kuhn - Pocahontas 
(singing voice)
Mel Gibson - John Smith
David Ogden Steirs - Governor 
John Kassir - Meeko
Russell Means - Chief Powhatan
Christian Bale - Thomas
Linda Hunt - Grandmother Willow
Danny Mann - Percy
Billy Connolly - Ben
Joe Baker - Lon
Frank Welker - Flit
Michelle St. John - Nakoma
James Apaumut Fall - Kocoum
Gordon Tootoosis - Kekata
Jim Cummings - Chief
Powhatan/Kekata (singing voices)

Based on an Idea/Visual
Designer/Director - Mike Gabriel
Director - Eric Goldberg
Story/Character Designer/
Visual Development/
Supervising Animator:
Pocahontas - Glen Keane
Story/Character Designer/
Visual Development - Joe Grant
Story/Character Designer/
Visual Development/Video
Reference Cast/Supervising
Animator: Ratcliffe - Duncan
Story/Character Designer/
Visual Development/
Supervising Animator: Percy,
Grandmother Willow &
Wiggins - Chris Buck
Story - Ralph Zondag, Burny Mattinson,
Ed Gombert, Kaan Kaylon, Francis Glebas,
Rob Gibbs, Bruce Morris & Todd Kurosawa
Additional Story Development - Andrew Chapman,
Randy Cartwright, Vincent DeFrances,
Tom Mazzocco, Don Dougherty and
Jorgen Klubien
Additional Story Development/Visual Development -
Will Finn
Additional Story Development/Animator: Percy -
Broose Johnson
Additional Story Development/Supervising Animator:
Ben & Lon - T. Daniel Hofstedt
Additional Story Development/Supervising Animator:
Flit & Forest Animals - David Pruiksma
Additional Story Development/Supervising Animator:
Meeko - Nik Ranieri
Writers - Carl Binder, Susannah Grant &
Phillip LaZebnik
Producer - James Pentecost
Art Director/Visual Development/Character Designer -
Michael Giaimo
Songs/Music - Alan Menken
Lyrics - Stephen Schwartz
Film Editor - H. Lee Peterson


1996 Academy Awards
Best Music, Original Song "Colors of the Wind" -
Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz (Won)
Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score -
Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz (Won)

POCAHONTAS is Disney's best looking movie that is ever done with good animation and vivid art direction, but there are the problems which includes historical inaccuracies, animal characters that don't talk and the bittersweet ending. The things around the film are worthwhile is the voice acting of Mel Gibson and Christian Bale and three songs by Alan Menken "Steady as the Beating Drum", the Oscar-winning "Colors of the Wind" and "Savages".

Its funny how most Disney animators thought that POCAHONTAS was going be the ultimate hit for the studio instead of THE LION KING (click here). It turns out that it was actually the opposite and its one of those animated movies that tried so hard to be good, but it ends up low.

Star rating: (3/5) Average

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