Noell Wolfgram Evans · From fps #3 · July 1, 2005
| In 1995, after the success of Beauty and the Beast
and The Lion King
, Walt Disney Studios were riding a cultural and creative high. They had a golden opportunity to capitalize on this momentum and make a daring and bold artistic statement with their next animated theatrical feature. Instead they gave us Pocahontas
Pocahontas: 10th Anniversary Edition
Directed by Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg
Walt Disney Home Entertainment, 2005
Originally released theatrically in 1995
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Set in the new world of America during the 16th century, Pocahontas
tells the story of a Native American princess who falls in love with Captain John Smith, an English colonist. At the core of the film is the tale of their struggle to break the conventions of the time with their forbidden romance. It's a historically based story competently told here by talented individuals, and yet as you watch it you realize that it just doesn't work.
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