Pocahontas

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  1. Pocahontas isn't historically correct. Here some reasons, with four for each film. Our fifth grade class just studied the lives of Pocahontas and John Smith, and we watched the two movies. But many things weren't historically correct:
    1. The govenor was not Radcliffe. He was Thomas Dale.
    2. John Smith was not a really cute guy. He was fat, ugly, and he had a beard.
    3. In the movie, Powhatan had one wife. However, the real truth is that he had at least 22 wives.
    4. John Smith wasn't shot. And he didn't go back to England for that cause. He had to go back to England because something happened there.

    REPORTED: Jeremy Fassler 19 NOV 00
  2. Just saw Pocahontas here in my town at my favorite restaurant. Her name is Leigh Anthes. She was the body model for Pocahontas. There was a face model and an action model as well. Leigh would have to drive to the Disney Studios to get fitted for costumes and then come back another day for photo shoots. One day after fitting she decided to go into the park and went on the Animation Tour. She watched as the animators were sketching from her photos. One animator looked up from his work and saw her. He did a triple-take! He then came out and gave Leigh a private tour of the Animation department.
    REPORTED: TR Shaw 14 APR 97
  3. When Pocahontas goes to see Grandmother Willow, she says "Grandmother Willow, I want to talk to you" but her mouth says"Grandmother Willow, I want to SPEAK to you"
    REPORTED: Stacy Ossowski 23 DEC 96
  4. When John Smith gives Meeko his compass, he goes and hides it in a tree. In the tree hole along with other treasures, is the magic lamp from Aladdin.
    REPORTED: David Vo 11 JUL 96
  5. The Union Jack was not adopted until many years after the setting of the film.
    REPORTED: IMDb 11 DEC 96
  6. Indians didn't plant corn in rows!
    REPORTED: IMDb 11 DEC 96
  7. When Pocahntas was just being released, Disney had a special display that traveled through several Malls. Among several interactive activities, there were also 1/2 hour presentations with a Disney animator. I was at one of these presentations. (I believe his name was Lou. I managed to get his autograph but I gave it to my parents) He said that there is a smiley face on either the second or third 'cookie' that John Smith gives to Meeko. Lou said it was done in light orange on the yellow cookie so you must look carefully to see it.
    REPORTED: Reinholt1 16 MAR 99
  8. Meeko, Percy, and Flit are not given voices to make the film a more realistic. In true Disney Style, they are given personalities, which is great. Yet, if the animators went to all that trouble to keep the film realistic, why do they include a talking tree? And another thing: Meeko is a racoon who hangs out with Pocahontas all the time. Racoons are nocturnal.
    REPORTED: Jamie O'Shea 29 MAY 97
  9. Flit's character design is an exact lift of the hummingbirds in the "Zip A Dee Do Dah" number of Song of the South
    REPORTED: Chaz Smith 12 AUG 97
  10. In the scene where Pocahontas is standing in front of the water fall the water is blowing in the opposite direction of her hair.
    REPORTED: space monkey 04 JAN 98
  11. In "Pocahontas" just before the song "Colors of the Wind," there is a scene in chapter 16 where Pocahontas is offended by John Smith's use of the word "savages" and she tries to leave him in her canoe. During frames 19673-19751, John Smith grabs the front of her canoe and he doesn't have his helmet with him. Then, a split second later in frames 19781-19834, John Smith's helmet suddenly appears on his back, hanging from his neck. This mistake was clearly pointed out by the film's directors, Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg and the film's producer, James Pentecost on the second audio commentary track on the collector's edition "Pocahontas" laser disc boxed set.
    REPORTED: Locoboy 05 APR 98
  12. In "Pocahontas," during chapter 23 where Pocahontas and John Smith kiss for the first time, Grandmother Willow pulls some of her leaves and branches in front of Flit, Meeko, and Percy to give the couple some privacy. During frames 5701-5750, Flit flies through the branches just before he's suddenly grabbed by Meeko and pulled back behind the branches. If you look carefully, Flit doesn't have any wings drawn on him at that moment, even though you can clearly hear them flapping! This mistake was clearly pointed out by the film's directors, Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg and the film's producer, James Pentecost on the second audio commentary track on the collector's edition "Pocahontas" laser disc boxed set.
    REPORTED: Locoboy 05 APR 98
  13. In the last scene where she runs up to the top of the mountain, her hair is blowing stedaly to her left and then a few scenes later, it is suddenly blowing to the right and then it goes to a still shot that's in a book. I don't think that the wind changed to make that happen.
    REPORTED: Cassie Byrd 30 MAY 98
  14. There is a scene where John Smith first comes to the new world and he stands on a rock next to the hidden Pocahontas and there is no extra slack in his shoulder belt but in the next few scenes, there is about two inches of slack or belt hanging out at the end.
    REPORTED: Cassie Byrd 30 MAY 98
  15. After her father tells her that she should marry that one serious guy, she goes and sits by the river. Her boat is on the river bank and then it disappears and the otters come out of the river and then she looks down the river and it's still not there but then she stands up, walks into the river and there's the boat OFF the river bank where it had been before.
    REPORTED: Cassie Byrd 30 MAY 98
  16. When John Smith first sees Pokey, he's hiding in back of the waterfall, with his matchlock rifle. When he spots her, he jumps through the waterfall and aims the rifle at her. She didn't have to worry about being shot because the rifle he had was notorious for mis-firing. The matchlock wasn't reliable under prime conditions, but in damp conditions (drizzle or snow), it would mis-fire 4 out of 5 times. If it got wet, (like jumping through a waterfall), it wouldn't go off at all. I guess he could have used it for a club.
    REPORTED: Paul Hight 19 MAR 99

Sequels

  1. I've noticed in the Pocahontas sequel that at several points in the film Pocahontas's arm tatoo is switched to a different arm and back again.
    REPORTED: Laura Throp 28 OCT 98
  2. Pocahontas 2 isn't historically correct. Here some reasons, with four for each film. Our fifth grade class just studied the lives of Pocahontas and John Smith, and we watched the two movies. But many things weren't historically correct:
    1. There was no maid for John Rolfe.
    2. Pocahontas didn't get the idea to go to England from a tree.
    3. John Rolfe married Pocahontas in England. But the film does not show that.
    4. POCAHONTAS DIED WHEN SHE WENT TO ENGLAND! They were going to take her back to Jamestown, but she had a hemaridge and died.

    REPORTED: Jeremy Fassler 19 NOV 00

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