Now with all the issues, people have with Disney, one of the films that have legitimate grievances is Pocahontas. And as আপনি can imagine, because there ARE legit grievances to be had with Pocahontas, sites like Tumblr have an absolute field দিন with it. Personally, the আরো research I did on the situation around this film, the আরো I was actually fascinated দ্বারা it.
I know it's easy to write this movie off but how it came to be is a lot আরো nuanced than আপনি think. It actually was gonna be a story closer to what happened in history but then Jefferey Katzenberg's overwhelming desire to get another Oscar nomination (after BatB) clouded Disney's judgment and it resulted in the controversial admittedly weaker entry into the ডিজনি Animated Canon we have now. Kinda like how the "meta" "woke" crap is affecting modern ডিজনি films today, sacrificing the story for what's marketable. Although I do feel Pocahontas still has a lot আরো "heart" put into it than most of the revival films.
In my research, I was surprised when I found out that the myth surrounding Pocahontas and John Smith, this Native girl falling in প্রণয় with an English man and saving him from execution দ্বারা her father, has actually existed for centuries, in plays, films, literature, pop songs (Peggy Lee's Fever) and paintings like the one below, way before the ডিজনি film. Of course, if আপনি look deeper into history you'll find that this tale was actually something that was আরো than likely fabricated দ্বারা John Smith.
But the folklore of these star-crossed প্রেমী really took on a life of it's own. The story and image of a native girl draping her body over a white man as he's about to be killed দ্বারা her father are probably as familiar to the public consciousness as stories like Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. It's kinda like Mulan, taking a very basic synopsis (a woman disguised as a man joins the army) and just লেখা a story from that, অথবা আরো comparable, Anastasia, a movie that's আরো accurate to the urban legend surrounding আনাস্তেসিয়াa rather than what actually happened.
It's the same thing with Pocahontas, retelling an iconic age-old urban legend but I agree that this film (and আনাস্তেসিয়াa for that matter) didn't have to use the real names. Even if আপনি changed the names, the film would still have আরো in common with its folklore than Princess and The Frog, ট্যাঙ্গেল্ড অথবা Frozen. But আপনি know, being "based on true events" was too good of a marketing strategy to pass up, like we've been saying, doing what's marketable when লেখা a story isn't always the best idea.
I know some of আপনি are asking "Why does it have to be inspired দ্বারা the myth? Why can't it just be an original story?" Well, the execution part where Pocahontas saves John from getting his head bashed in is pretty iconic and specific and they made sure to put that scene in the film, again even if আপনি change the names, the familiarity is still there, even আরো so than ডিজনি films that actually keep the original names.
Plus, I think this may be a contributing factors as to why ব্রেভ and Moana are such weak films. Maybe if they had a template to work off, these films wouldn't be such a mess, especially Brave. It's just a thought. I like the idea of Disney's major films being based on pre-existing stories (I am one of those people who thinks of the Lion King as a retelling of Hamlet) because it's fun to compare it to the উৎস material.
I do think it's unfair to give Pocahontas such a hard time when we've had ridiculous and wildly inaccurate stories about historical figures like Cleopatra, Abraham Lincoln, and as we've mentioned আনাস্তেসিয়াa but I also think it's intellectually dishonest to deny that a big part of the issue is that this film is the MOST জনপ্রিয় story surrounding Pocahontas.
If I were in charge at ডিজনি I would
A) put a disclaimer in all re-airings and re-packagings of the film.
B) rename and redub the film, songs stay the same since they don't mention names.
C) use these live-action remakes as an opportunity to do what Disney, and all of Hollywood, didn't. Tell the truth about what really happened.
Unfortunately, ডিজনি would probably be too scared to do that in this দিন and age, because y'all know the internet, even if they actually fully utilized Powhatan consultants this time, people wouldn't be satisfied no matter how hard they tried but if something good can come out of these remakes at least it should be this. We'd have a film that tells the truth, and the 1995 film that tells the myth can just be categorized with fantastical/historical চলচ্চিত্র like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (it's still mind blowing a film with that শিরোনাম exists)
Basically this is just my rant about why I'm cool with Pocahontas but there are issues that could be rectified if ডিজনি was willing to try.
by Victor Nehlig