Pocahontas is one of my all time favourite Disney films. It came out in 1995, when I was 4 years old and I have loved it ever since.
I recently read an article about how historically inaccurate the story of Disney’s Pocahontas is, and although this may be true, it hasn’t changed my view of it.
Disney’s Pocahontas, for me, was much more than the love story of a Native American and an Englishman. It was the story of nature.
The film is filled with visually appealing colours and the scenery of pre-colonised America. Its forests, valleys, rivers and animals, existing harmoniously with the people who lived there.
Pocahontas’ relationship with animals and nature has always stayed with me. Meeko, Pocahontas’ cheeky playmate, is definitely my favourite Disney sidekick. Whilst Pocahontas has friendships with others from her tribe, she confides in Meeko and treats him as an equal.
Some of the songs, most notably ‘Colors of the Wind‘, explore the theme of nature in more detail. This is my favourite song from the film, because of the beautiful language which is used and the imagery and feelings that it evokes. It questions the way that we perceive nature, ‘you think you own which ever land you land on, the earth is just a dead thing you can claim‘.
The film highlights the two opposing forces at work in nature, the need to protect it and the desire destroy it. Pocahontas is portrayed as the nature-loving hero, defending the trees and animals from the destructive forces of capitalism, which is represented by the Englishmen.
Regardless of the historical accuracy of the story, I think that the film stands alone in its portrayal of the importance of nature and our relationship with it.
What are your thoughts about the film? Do you love it, hate it or are you completely indifferent?