Episode 11: Steady as the Beating Drum

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  • Segment: movie to watch “Feature Film”

    • Tease other segments

    • Pocahontas

    • Fun Facts:

  1. Richard White was originally going to voice Governor Ratcliffe, but the filmmakers felt the audience would hear White's distinctive voice, and think of him as Gaston from Beauty and the Beast (1991). So, he was replaced with David Ogden Stiers, who also voiced Ratcliffe's manservant Wiggins. Coincidentally, Stiers was also a cast member of Beauty and the Beast (1991), as the voice of Cogsworth the Clock.

  2. Animators working on the film regarded it as being one of the hardest films ever produced by the studio. The complex color schemes, angular shapes, and facial expressions meant that the film was in production for five years. The hard work paid off, however. Pocahontas is now frequently cited as being one of the most beautifully, and realistically, animated characters in the Disney canon, her fluid movements mainly being attributed to rotoscoping.

  3. First animated Disney film with interracial romance

  4. Released on Pocahontas’ 400th birthday.

  5. The world premiere was staged at Central Park, New York, on June 10, 1995. With over one hundred thousand people attending, it holds the record for the largest movie premiere.

  6. In their quest for authenticity, the Disney studios hired mostly Native American actors and actresses to do the voices. They also employed Native American consultants, and had a session with a real shaman. Despite these efforts, prominent Native American activists issued an open letter condemning the film for its historical inaccuracies, and stereotyping of the Indian people. However, actor and Native American activist Russell Means (who provides the speaking role and physical inspiration of Powhatan) has referred to the film, in particular the opening, as being the "single best representation of American Indians that Hollywood has ever done."

December 15, 1966 - Walt Disney Died 2009 - Nephew Roy Died

  • Segment: weekly top 4 (secret from each other)”Let’s get down to business”

  • Top 4 Disney Cats

    • All Lion King Lions

    • Bagheera

    • Sassy

    • Sergeant Tibbs

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