Pocahontas II An Underrated Disney Sequel

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Disney’s Pocahontas II has had a tough go of things ever since its original release in 1998.  Like so many other sequels churned out by Disney over the years, it has had anything but a positive reputation.  Perhaps the reason for that is that so few people have taken the time to really try to see this flick for its intrinsic value.

On the surface, Pocahontas II comes across as just another sequel from Disney.  On a deeper level, there are some small nuances to it that make it more interesting.  For instance, the combination of the movie’s animation and musical numbers harkens back to the company’s hit 1991 movie, Beauty and the Beast.  Even Pocahontas herself is reminiscent of Belle as she walks down the staircase to the ball in her yellow dress.  Pocahontas II even has an elderly female character named Mrs. Jenkins who may remind some viewers of Mrs. Potts, from Beauty and the Beast (or any other figures of her ilk).

Beauty and the Beast is not the only classic movie to which Disney makes references in Pocahontas II.  As subtle as it was, the movie had a scene in which Pocahontas was running away from the ball after having been set up by the evil Lord Ratcliffe.  Whether or not it was intended, this scene pays homage to another Disney classic in the form of 1950’s Cinderella.  As Pocahontas is running away into the forest, she loses her shoes very much in the style of Cinderella. Again, this may have been wholly coincidental.  But those with any knowledge of Disney’s history will likely catch the reference, just as this reviewer did.

The animation and classic Disney references do their fair share to make Pocahontas II worth at least one watch.  While they play some role in making it an interesting flick, there is at least one more factor that makes Pocahontas II fun for both kids and adults.  That factor is Pocahontas’ animal friends.  Miko, Percy, and Flit are all back again for this adventure.  And just as in the original of the pair, Miko’s seemingly bottomless pit of a stomach gets the trio in all sorts of trouble.  At the same time, all three help Pocahontas at times, too.  And their antics are worth more than their share of laughs for audiences of all ages.

Pocahontas II does change the history of the famed figure for which it is named, just as in the first movie of the pair.  Would it have been nice to have a more accurate history?  Obviously.  But the laughs from Pocahontas’ animal friends along with the animation and classic Disney references make up for that.  They’re enough, all together, to make this Disney sequel worth at least one watch.

Pocahontas II is available now with Pocahontas in a special triple disc blu-ray/DVD combo pack.  It’s available in stores and online.  It can be ordered direct via Disney’s online store at http://www.disneystore.com.

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Disney’s Pocahontas Teaches Valuable Lessons To The World

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Disney’s Pocahontas has never enjoyed the success of the company’s other princess movies.  It’s given that the story takes great liberties with the actual story of Pocahontas and John Smith.  But there are many positives that come from those liberties being taken.  Those messages can be summed up in one sentence.  Despite the liberties taken with the original history of Pocahontas, this story is one that teaches lessons of love both for environment and for one another. 

The message of love for environment is one that has rung true for generations.  America has grown not just as a country over its two hundred plus years, but also in its population.  Urban sprawl has destroyed this country.  It has wiped out animals’ land.  And as shown in Pocahontas, this behavior has been happening ever since the introduction of Europeans to America.  Human greed for wealth and for land has destroyed mother Earth.  The movie’s hit song ‘Colors of The Wind’ tries to serve as a reminder of nature’s importance.  It makes reference to the sycamore tree, and the impact of cutting it down.  This theme of taking care of the planet comes throughout Walt Disney’s body of work during his life.  This work simply serves to continue that theme.

Pocahontas reminds viewers not only of love for the environment, but also for one another.  That message is one that rings true even today.  When the Europeans first came to the New World, a lack of understanding and acceptance on BOTH sides nearly led to all out war.  To this day, racial intolerance and inequality continues to scar the world’s populations terribly.  Pocahontas reminds viewers in its own way that we are all more alike than we are different.  We all have the same human needs.  Yet despite those needs and concerns, we continue to let our few differences cloud our better judgment, leading to so many potentially unnecessary conflicts.

Pocahontas may never be as fully respected as Disney’s other princess movies.  Unlike the company’s other princess movies, it isn’t a fairy tale.  It’s a reminder to the world of one of history’s most important figures.  It serves as a good starting point to get young audiences interested in history.  It’s also a reminder to the world of the positive differences love for one another and for the land can make.   Pocahontas is available along with its sequel Pocahontas II on a triple disc blu-ray/DVD combo pack.  It’s available in stores and online.  It can be ordered direct through Disney online at http://www.disneystore.com.

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