Friday, August 05, 2011

Disn-A-Thon: Pocahontas (1995)

Capt. John Smith leads a rag-tag band of English sailors & soldiers to the New World to plunder its riches for England (or, more precisely, for Governor Ratcliffe, who comes along for the ride). Meanwhile, in this "New World," Chief Powhatan has pledged his daughter, Pocahontas, to be married to the village's greatest warrior. Pocahontas, however, has other ideas. She has seen a vision of a spinning arrow, a vision she believes tells her change is coming. Her life does indeed change when the English ship lands near her village. Between Ratcliffe, who believes the "savages" are hiding the gold he expected to be plentiful, and Powhatan, who believes these pale newcomers will destroy their land, Smith and Pocahontas have a difficult time preventing all-out war, and saving their love for each other. [imdb]
Well, Pochaontas isn't all that bad a movie, but I don't think it was their best... Maybe it's just the forced vibrato in all the songs.  Call me picky, but forced vibrato just annoys the shit out of me.  That aside, I still don't think the movie was all that thrilling or even creative.  The story is rather cliche and bland, to be honest... but I have to admit I enjoyed it more this time around than I used to.

It's a beautiful movie as far as animation and art direction goes.  I noticed the background artwork is rather reminiscent of Sleeping Beauty, especially in the design of the trees.  That much I really liked, and the colours are just lovely.

But I still think the story is pretty bland.  Perhaps the whole thing just seems somewhat "cookie-cutter" Disney movie.  They got a formula and they stuck with it.

Anyways, the DVD set is alright... Commentary, slightly extended version with an added song, half-hour documentary on the making of the film, a couple games and activities, and some music videos.  Actually, come to think of it, even the DVD set is somewhat cookie-cuttered...

Yeah, now I'm just making myself even more disappointed in this thing... On to the next one.