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Genre: Musical
Photography: Color
Running Time: 81 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: June 23, 1995
Directed by: Mike Gabriel
Eric Goldberg
Written by: Glen Keane
Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures
Starring: Irene Bedard
Mel Gibson
David Odgen Stires
Next film: Pocahontas II: Journey To A New World

Pocahontas is a 1995 American animated musical romantic drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation for Walt Disney Pictures. The 33rd Disney animated feature film, it was directed by Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg and is loosely inspired by the Native American woman Pocahontas.


An English soldier and the daughter of an Algonquin chief share a romance when English colonists invade seventeenth-century Virginia.

Why It Rocks

  1. Stunning animation, especially during the songs and the wind blowing through Pocahontas’ hair.
  2. Amazing soundtrack and musical numbers, such as Savages and Colors of the Wind.
  3. Beautiful character designs with the Native Americans, especially with Pocahontas.
  4. Has some of its own creative adjustments to make the film more suitable for Disney’s target audience.
  5. Amazing voice acting.
  6. John Smith and Pocahontas share an amazing chemistry.
  7. Governor Ratcliffe is an entertaining villain with an original motivation.
  8. Pocahontas’ pet raccoon, Meeko, is adorable.
  9. Well-done character and story development.
  10. It stays true to Pamunkey Indian culture.

Bad Qualities

  1. Due to changing a lot of things to make it more kid-friendly, the film doesn’t stay true to the actual historical event very well.
  2. The sequel made the first film lose its charm.


  • A majority of Disney's top animators opted to animate this movie over The Lion King, thinking that The Lion King would fail and not make enough of a profit as Pocahontas would.
    • Ironically, The Lion King would make three times more money in the box office compared to Pocahontas.