The first time I watched it, I was actually working on a client's project so I mostly heard it and boy did it remind me of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast". So of course, I had to visually watch it so that I could decipher between the two and give it an honest review.
I have to tell you that the whole time I was watching the film, I kept thinking, "This is not historically correct, this is not historically correct." Then I remembered that it was a Disney film designed to entertain the children, not teach a history lesson, and I was able to watch the film for what it was... entertainment.
When I put in Pocahontas II, my daughter sat down to watch it with me and to her surprise, she liked the second film better than the first. She felt the storyline was stronger, and the romance more to her tastes.
Visually, both were nicely done. Some of the songs really slowed down the action, and made the film drag in some parts, but overall, it has enough action to keep the kids interested. I remember when my kids were little... they enjoyed the film enough to stay glued to the television set until it ended.
In this two-movie collection, there are several bonus features:
- Drawing Inspiration: The Lost Story of Hiawatha is a behind-the-scenes look at a full-length animated feature that was never released but strongly influenced the development of Pocahontas.
- If I Never Knew You is a full-animated song that never made it's appearance in either of the films, but a joy to listen to.
- The Music of Pocahontas is an explanation, given by producer Pentecost, composer Menken, and lyricist Schwartz, about how the songs came into play.
- Pocahontas, Audio Commentary with co-directors Eric Goldberg and Mike Gabriel.
- Little Hiawatha is a cartoon short.
I thought Pocahontas is a beautifully illustrated story about romance, adventure, and standing up for a cause you believe in. What did you think of Pocahontas?
You can order the 2 movie collection, Pocahontas Two-Movie Special Edition, on Amazon.com for just $25
Disclosure: Reviewer was given a complimentary copy to review.
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