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Pocahontas

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Pocahontas

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
G
runtime:
81 minutes
performer:
Mel Gibson, Irene Bedard, Judy Kuhn, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly, Linda Hunt, John Kassir, David Ogden Stiers
director:
Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg
Producers:
Walt Disney Pictures
author:
Susannah Grant
genre:
Animation

We gave it a B-

Nothing, apparently, can deter the mighty juggernaut that rolls toward families with children whenever a Disney animated film is released on video, and Pocahontas will be no exception. It will have kids singing the catchy ”Colors of the Wind” and begging parents to let them play it again and again. Pocahontas, and the accompanying merchandise, will sell big, despite its historical whitewashing of the legendary relationship between Capt. John Smith and Chief Powhatan’s young daughter; despite the fact that viewers must first scale a great wall of commercials for other Disney videos, Disney World, and Disney CD-ROMs; and despite the mixed message that the main character, a combination of New Age nature girl and teen supermodel, sends to kids. This is, after all, a Disney production, itself a supremely mixed message: Corporate behemoth peddles a well-meaning and effective tale about the evils of greed. Pocahontas? Business as usual. B-

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