Pocahontas

Movie review by Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Fine for kids; just don't expect a history lesson.

G 2000 81 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 39 reviews

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age 6+
Native American princess Pocahontas and her people have their land taken from them by the English settlers that despite "savages," which is their name for the Native Americans in this movie. There's even an entire song about it.

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age 11+

Great animation film based on History

I loved Pocahontas and I thought it was a great animated film based on history of the real Indian Pocahontas! In the movie Captain John Smith (Mel Gibson) sails to the New World of Jamestown Virginia with a group of settlers and falls in love with Pocahontas (Irene Bedard) but the settlers led by Govenor Ratcliffe (David Ogden Stiers) and the Native Americans led by Pocahontas' father Chief Powatahn (Russell Means) wish to fight each other to protect eachothers' land so it's up to Pocahontas and her forest friends Meeko, Grandmother Willow, and Flit and John Smith and his dog Percy to bring peace between their people! The music is very wonderful written by Alan Menken and Steven Schwartz. Colors of the WInd always blows me away every time I hear Pocahontas sing it! My favorite scenes in the movie were when Meeko jumps into Percy's bath and eats all his cherries and Percy chases him and I also liked it when settlers Ben and Lon (Billy Connolly and Joe Baker) come into the forest looking for Smith and get scared away by Grandmother Willow. I just died laughing at those scenes! Disney did a fantastic job telling the story of Pocahontas through animation! If they ever decide to do another animated film based on history they should do one on Christopher Columbus. Pocahontas is a true Disney film that any Disney fan can enjoy! I know I've really enjoyed it! 10 out of 10!

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Great messages
Great role models

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