Another earlier post due to being out of town again until Sunday night. Gotta make this quick since I leave soon to get on the road; hoping to squeak in my Goofy Movie analysis during a free moment this weekend if I can: Pocahontas 1. Pocahontas is one of my least favorite of the Princess movies. I can sit through it, but probably wouldn't watch it much past doing a film series like this (well, the first one, at least. I tried watching the sequel multiple times and I think the longest I made it through either was about 25 minutes. Once Pocahontas starts singing about what a wonder London is - including the color red - I have to turn it off. I think it's the only Disney movie I have never been able to finish). There is just so much they changed from actual history to fit into the "princess who falls in love" frame, and it comes across as apologist with a much older Pocahontas falling in love and pursuing John Smith. I find John Smith really dull. I do admit that I am already biased against him because I DEEPLY LOATHE Mel Gibson. But his voice acting was really flat, and I don't think he had much of a character arc, besides realizing that the indigenous people aren't "savages." Poof Kocoum! He takes his position seriously and truly only wants what's best for the village, only to be dismissed by Pocahontas and Nakoma, killed by Thomas, and then basically forgotten by the end of the movie. Part of it might be to highlight the settlers' changing views towards Pocahontas and her people, but the constant use of slurs like "savage" - including an entire song - REALLY grated on my nerves. And more than just the language used, they played heavily on stereotypes, such as "indigenous people have mystical nature powers." It is good that they cast indigenous people in the main role and some of the major supporting characters, but still a good half of the indigenous characters were still voiced by white people. One of the bright spots in the movie for me, though, is watching the animation of Flit. For such a small character, they got some AMAZING body movements and facial expressions out of him! I mean, just look at these: I am torn over Pocahontas staying at the end. I like that they didn't end the movie on "the guy gets the girl and everything is happily ever after," but that is completely negated almost immediately in the sequel and it reduces Kocoum's death to a meaningless plot point. It also doesn't make sense in regards to her destiny revealed by the vision of the compass; the entire movie was pushing her towards John Smith, but at the end she stays because she's needed in the village? 2. They CRANKED UP the foppish effeminate villain trope to about 15 with Ratcliffe. He gets his crew to do the heavy work for him, he's dressed fancily especially for being in the wilderness, and his outfit is bright pink and includes a cape (and turns sparkly gold during his song). Even Percy, his pet, is finnicky about getting dirty at first. Interestingly, he is one of the only Disney villains to not die at the end of his movie. It's almost as if the movie itself is telling us that he's not enough of a threat to get rid of him permanently. He is defeated pretty easily; all it took was for his crew to stand up to him and subdue him, and then unceremoniously toss him onto the ship while he's tied up. 7. The main lesson of the film is to look at the world through someone else's eyes. This is made plain during Colors of the Wind - the entire song is about looking outside of yourself and walking a mile in someone else's shoes to see beauty and intrinsic worth where before you only saw a resource to exploit or seeing someone else as less than. 8. This movie has a tenuous connection to Lion King; after Powhatan learns that Pocahontas disobeys him, he tells her that she has disappointed her. I flashed back to Mufasa's talk with Simba about his disobeying Mufasa. 9. I didn't really notice an iconic shot while watching. Even during Colors of the Wind, there wasn't one moment that was more iconic than the others to me. But I was captivated by this shot later on at the end of the Savages song: I liked how the two factions were reflected in the shadows of the clouds, and once the two clouds crashed into each other the violence erupted into the lightning strike. 10. While I don't find Colors of the Wind visually iconic, the song itself certainly is! This pin highlights the song as a song (not visuals from the song part of the movie), and it also includes Meeko, my favorite character: Pin# 108044 - DSSH - Best Original Song Music Sheet - Pocahontas and Meeko Random Thought HOW ARE YOUR ARMS NOT DESTROYED? TALONS!!!!!!