History comes to life in Disney's animated tale about love and adventure in the New World. A young American Indian girl tries to follow her heart and protect her tribe when settlers arrive and threaten the land she loves.
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- 1996 Academy Award®
- Best Music Song
- Best Music Score
GGeneral audiences. All ages admitted.
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that the dreamy, music-laden love-story might be engaging to certain fans of the mid-90's Disney heroine, but the violence is something for parents to keep an eye out for. Furthermore, the historical inaccuracy might confuse viewers who think that the historical figure Pocahontas fell in love with John Smith. She did not: she was a 10-year old child when John Smith's ship landed.
- Sexual Content
- Considering that this movie is marketed toward the kindergarten set, the long kisses that Pocahontas and John Smith share are pretty steamy. The pair are immediately intimate in their body language, which is also rather mature for the audience.
- Two Native Americans are shot, one fatally, in poignant scenes. Pocahontas's father nearly executes John Smith during a climactic scene. Much of the plot revolves around two warring factions: the conquerors and the native people. Expect to see knives sharpened and brandished, swords, muskets, and shootouts where men die from bullet wounds. There are perilous scenes on a ship in the ocean, where a man nearly drowns.
- "Dirty savages,"" filthy heathens," "greedy demons" are phrases that either side uses to make a point about the enemy. A song about savages and the threat of war drives the point home.
- Social Behavior
- Pocahontas makes a point to educate John Smith about his use of the word "savages." He assumes that because her people live simply that they are not sophisticated, when in fact, her people use their communication skills in a far more advanced way than John Smith's colleagues do. There are messages that might confuse youngest viewers, such as Governor Ratcliff's assertion that "A man is not a man unless he knows how to shoot."
- Pocahontas is a Disney Princess, whose brand reaches far and wide. Expect to see Princess branding on consumer merchandise, food products, etc. as well as in books, websites, and other media.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- There is a scene on board the ship where a keg of wine is uncorked and men fill their mugs.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it