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Film information
Directed by: Mike Gabriel
Eric Goldberg
Produced by: James Pentecost
Written by: Carl Binder
Susannah Grant
Philip LaZebnik
Distributed by: Walt Disney Pictures
Language: English
Budget: $55 million (estimated)
Followed by: Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World

Pocahontas is the thirty-third full-length animated feature film in the Disney animated features canon.


In 1607, a ship carrying British settlers from the Virginia Company sails for North America in search of gold and other material riches. On board are Captain John Smith (Mel Gibson) and Governor John Ratcliffe (David Ogen Stiers). A storm erupts, and Smith saves the life of an inexperienced young settler named Thomas when he falls overboard, befriending him in the process.

In the "New World", Pocahontas, Chief Powhatan's daughter, learns to her dismay that her father thinks she should marry Kocoum, one of his finest warriors. But though he is handsome and a fine warrior, Pocahontas does not love him, feeling he is far too serious. This is emphasized by a scene showing several children trying to play with him, while he stalwartly ignores them. She asks the advice from the talking tree spirit named Grandmother Willow. Grandmother Willow tells Pocahontas to listen to her heart.

The British settlers land in what will become Virginia and dig for gold under Ratcliffe's orders. John Smith explores the territory, finding the new world to be a place full of adventure. All the time he is followed by the curious Pocahontas, and comes to encounter her. The two spend time together, with Pocahontas teaching John to look at the world in a different way, and to not think of people who are different as 'savages'. Back at the settlement, Powhatan has sent some scouts to learn more about the new arrivals, but Governer Ratcliffe assumes that it is an ambush, and one of the warriors is shot. The warriors retreat, and Powhatan declares that the white men are dangerous and that no one should go near them.

A few days later, John and Pocahontas meet again, during which John learns that there is no gold in the land. They agree to meet at Grandmother Willow's glade again that night.

When Pocahontas returns to her village, she finds that warriors from neighboring tribes have arrived to help Powhatan fight the settlers. Back at the English fort, John tells Ratcliffe there is no gold in the land, which Ratcliffe does not believe, thinking that the natives have hidden the gold for themselves.

That night, Pocahontas' best friend Nakoma catches her sneaking off and informs Kocoum that she has gone. Meanwhile, John sneaks out of the fort, and Ratcliffe orders Thomas to follow him. Pocahontas and John meet in the glade, where Grandmother Willow convinces John to try talking to Chief Powhatan. Pocahontas insists that John meet her father. Both Kocoum and Thomas watch from the shadows as John and Pocahontas kiss. Kocoum, overwhelmed by jealously, attacks and tries to kill John, but even as he is successfully being pushed off, Thomas intervenes and kills Kocoum. Hearing voices approaching, John tells Thomas to run. A group of natives take John prisoner, thinking he is the murderer, and Powhatan announces that he will be executed at dawn before the war with the settlers begin.

Thomas returns to the fort and announces John's capture. Ratcliffe sees this as an opportunity to attack and rescue John at the same time, and they just arrive just as John is about to be executed. Before Powhatan can strike, Pocahontas throws herself over John, telling him that she loves John and that Powhatan must see where the path of hatred has brought them, and asking him to choose. Powhatan lowers his club and orders John freed. Ratcliffe orders the settlers to fire anyway, but they too refuse. Ratcliffe fires at Chief Powhatan himself, but John pushes the chief aside and is shot instead. The settlers turn on Ratcliffe, capturing him and sending him back to England to await punishment for high treason.

John survives the gunshot, but he must return to England for medical treatment if he is to survive. Pocahontas and her people arrive to see them off, and John and Pocahontas bid their goodbyes.




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  1. "The Virginia Company" - Chorus
  2. "Ship At Sea" (Score)
  3. "The Virginia Company (Reprise)" - Mel Gibson & Chorus
  4. "Steady As The Beating Drum (Main Title)" - Chorus
  5. "Steady As the Beating Drum (Reprise)" - Russell Means
  6. "Just Around The Riverbend" - Judy Kuhn
  7. "Grandmother Willow" (Score)
  8. "Listen With Your Heart" - Linda Hunt & Bobbi Page
  9. "Mine, Mine, Mine" - David Ogden Stiers, Mel Gibson & Chorus
  10. "Listen With Your Heart" - Linda Hunt & Bobbi Page
  11. "Colors of the Wind" - Judy Kuhn
  12. "Savages (Part 1)" - David Ogden Stiers, Jim Cummings & Chorus
  13. "Savages (Part 2)" - Judy Kuhn, David Ogden Stiers, Jim Cummings & Chorus
  14. "I'll Never See Him Again" (Score)
  15. "Pocahontas (Instrumental)"
  16. "Council Meeting" (Score)
  17. "Percy's Bath" (Score)
  18. "River's Edge" (Score)
  19. "Skirmish" (Score)
  20. "Getting Acquainted" (Score)
  21. "Ratcliffe's Plan" (Score)
  22. "Picking Corn" (Score)
  23. "The Warriors Arrive" (Score)
  24. "John Smith Sneaks Out" (Score)
  25. "Execution" (Score)
  26. "Farewell" (Score)
  27. "Colors of the Wind (End Title)" - Vanessa Williams
  28. "If I Never Knew You (End Title)" - Jon Secada & Shanice

If I Never Knew You 10th Anniversary Edition

In 2005, Disney released the tenth anniversary edition of Pocahontas, which had the song fully animated and integrated into the film, but was an optional feature that you could refuse and watch the original theatrical version instead, due to seamless branching. It was performed by Mel Gibson (John Smith) and Judy Kuhn (Pocahontas) within the film's narrative. It was recorded for the original film in 1995.


  • Gordon Tootoosis later portrayed Powhatan in another Pocahontas movie called "Pocahontas: the Legend".
  • Russell Means (who portrayed Chief Powhatan in this movie) and Gordon Tootoosis (who played the role in the live-action 1999 film and played Kekata here) both died in 2012.

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