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Plot Summary

POCAHONTAS is based on the historical legend. Living in harmony with nature amid the unspoiled American wilderness, the young Indian princess Pocahontas is tutored by her faithful animal guides: the wise old White Eagle and his bumbling sidekick, Fluffy Wing, the little chicken hawk. Pocahontas falls in love with the gallant English colonist Captain John Smith. Pocahontas saves Smith's life when he's captured by her tribe as retaliation against the colonists for killing an Indian. Smith learns the traditional Indian ways, including appreciation of nature. When Smith returns to the colony, the others plot to hurt him because he has befriended the Indians. After a great explosion, Smith is wounded and must return to America. Pocahontas crosses the Great Waters to far-away England, where she and her animal friends find themselves on an adventure beyond their wildest dreams. But even the bustling streets and dazzling high society life of London can't make Pocahontas forget her dashing Captain, her beloved family, and the forest homeland she left behind. She is empowered by a love that sees beyond skin color and cultural differences. Her example teaches that even just one person can bring together groups torn by racial fear and hatred. The film also teaches about having respect for and being at one with nature.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 52
  • Fresh: 29
  • Rotten: 23
  • Average Rating: 6.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Any damage such revisionist history may impose on young minds is offset by the honestly inspiring thoughts Pocahontas offers. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Sep 2, 2008

Rotten: Why make a Disney cartoon and take all the fun out of it? – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Disney deserves praise for raising the ante on its ambitions in animation. Next time, though, a little less civics lesson and a little more heart. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Sep 2, 2008

Rotten: Adult viewers, spoiled by what has come before, may feel that this film, which relates the legendary romance between a chief's daughter and English adventurer John Smith in the New World, is more by-the-numbers than inspired. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Sep 2, 2008

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