"Pocahontas" and "The Lion King" share the screen -- Disney shoots for box office success with cross-promotions between the films

By Michael Sauter
Updated December 02, 1994 at 05:00 AM EST
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Last holiday season, Disney proudly previewed The Lion King. But it was no ordinary trailer. Instead of the usual scenes from the movie, it featured The Lion King‘s opening four-minute musical sequence, ”Circle of Life,” in its entirety. Attempting to repeat this success, Disney has released a similar preview of next summer’s Pocahontas. Currently playing with — what else? — The Lion King, the Pocahontas clip also features a complete musical number, in which the Native American princess takes Pilgrim John Smith on a sweeping tour of her forest home. ”We are all connected to each other,” Pocahontas sings, surrounded by woodland creatures, ”in a circle, in a hoop that never ends.” Any echoes of ”Circle of Life” may (or may not) be unintentional, but they’ll no doubt strike a chord. In fact, Disney is so certain of Pocahontas‘ selling power that it’s advertising the trailer in Lion King newspaper ads. Is such confidence warranted? Hear it from the mouths of babes: ”Can we see this at Christmas?” one little moviegoer asked her mom after her first glimpse of Pocahontas. If that’s not a vote of confidence, what is?


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