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Failed historical lesson but has its redeeming points
on 3 September 2006
With Pocahontas as an ancestor, I saw this movie in grade school and then followed it up with mountains of reading and research when it first came out. Disney has been well known for their distortion of stories and tale, but that generally doesn't bother me. Beauty and the Beast is my favourite movie of all time even though it differs drastically from the original tale. Disney went too far, however, when they decided to tackle American history and then twist it for their means. A few being, the aging of Pocahontas to make her old enough for romance (she would have been 12 or 13), the supposed love affair with John Smith, and the entire political correctness of the story defile an important part of our history (ie. Jamestown the first permanent English settlement, and the peace that Pocahontas was able to bring between the Powhatan tribe and the Settlers - for a piece). I will not begin to even talk about Pocahontas 2's depiction of John Rolfe (her future husband in real life) as a bumbling idiot.
Historic unaccuracy aside though the movie does have its redeeming points.
1) Alan Meneken's score, like always, is phanomenal and stirs the soul. He really delivers with this one.
2) The animation is very good as well. A style slightly different than previous Disney films, the movie is a joy to watch strictly for the animation's sake.
Parents this is an enjoyable movie for both you and your children to watch. I would just suggest that you help them divide the fact from the fiction. It is also great learning tool for opening up a world to them ... encouraging them to go on a search for the truth even as they enjoy the DVD for it's entertainment's sake.