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Hi Everyone! I'm still getting used to the posting interface here on TGWTG, and goofed up my posting of Part 3 of my Pocahontas critique. (I posted it from a previously-saved week-old draft, so it got buried in last week's blog posts even though it only went live yesterday!) So, if you were keeping an eye out for Part 3, it's here. Oops.

I'll be keeping this post updated as a table of contents so you all can follow the whole series more easily.

Part 1: "If you don't have anything nice to say..." giving Disney's Pocahontas (1995) its due & acknowledging the redeeming features of the movie.

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Doug Walker, please ooh please do a nostalgia critic episode of the Chalie Brown and the Peanuts Gang videos and what made them so popular. I remember watching them while growing up and they became holiday traditions but what was it about them that made them such a staple in pop culture? 

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Gorgeous animation, kick-ass songs and Jodi Benson's stellar voice, what's not to like?

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So. Here it is. The final, definitive ranking of every canon Disney movie. The culmination of two years’ work that will remain as an immovable edifice of truth until a few months from now when Big Hero Six comes out and we have to rearrange the whole thing. Sigh. Anyway, before we begin I just want to point out that there are no ties. Where two or more movies had the same final score, the order they were ranked in was decided by whichever scored higher in animation. So, let’s begin.

FULL RANKINGS HERE

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Star Wars: Rebels. All I can is WOW! That was a surprise!

Now for all those following, I LOVE STAR WARS! I love the story, I love the characters, I love the world it created, I love the music, I love the special effects and I love the original trilogy as well as the prequels, except for maybe Episode I (Believe me, I was there opening day.)

I've come to love the recent 5 seasons of The Clone Wars as well and it was really sad to see it cancelled due to Disney and there plans with Star Wars. Which was why I wasn't really expecting much with the fallow up show Rebels, which takes place during the timeline in between Episode III and Episode IV that sets up the beginning of the Rebellion. And looking at what they were doing…yeah, it was sort of split down the middle for me. I did like how it was looking like Clone Wars, but was a little worried given it was Disney and most of the time there all Happy Joy Joy.

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Start at the beginning of this series here! Complete list of posts in this series here

Part 3: The Gloves Are Coming Off!

So, in our last review we covered the first six unforgivable sins that damn this movie, so today let's do six more!

7. There is no indication whatsoever that Powhatan would not be sympathetic to Pocahontas and John had he found out what actually happened. Yes, Powhatan is a little stern and rather a stick-in-the-mud, but he comes off as a kindly father who is primarily motivated by Pocahontas’s well-being. If he found out Kocoum was ignoring her clearly stated pleas to leave John alone, would he have defended that behavior for a second? Moreover, in the fight scene Kocoum quite violently throws Pocahontas to the ground. Everything we’ve seen of Powhatan as a father says that if he heard about that he’d respond to Kocoum’s death with “Good riddance, fuck that bastard.”

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In Part 1: If you don't have anything nice to say..., I started off with what made this deeply flawed film worthy of attention and critique.

Part 2: ...Then come sit by me!

Well, with that out of the way, let’s get into the much longer and not-at-all ordered list of things I just can’t stand about Pocahontas:

Disclaimer: this is not going to be yet another retread of all the historical inaccuracies in the film—although that is glaringly obvious in the film and our reactions to it. Rather, borrowing from Nostalgia Critic’s ideas in his "Is it Right to Nitpick?" video, I’m going to look at all the reasons why the film doesn’t seduce us to overlook the historical accuracies, in much the same way we easily do with Mulan or Aladdin. So, these are going to be the story problems, the things that leave us feeling emotionally unfulfilled by the movie, that we then rationalize with our intellectual knowledge that the movie is historically inaccurate, and the things that render it all the more racially insensitive through its well-meaning, ignorant clunkiness.

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Part 1: If you don't have something nice to say...

Aaah, Pocahontas… I have such a conflicted relationship with this movie. Even as a nine-year-old I remember being taken aback by how I just didn't like it as much as I wanted to. And yet something about it just morbidly draws me in. It's like the Uncanny Valley of Disney Renaissance films. It's not just that it's bad. But there’s something fascinating about its badness. It has been quite strangely difficult to put my finger on what it is that makes it not work as well as the rest of the Disney Renaissance films, but I think I’ve finally articulated it for myself. If it were simply irredeemably bad, then I would just hate it and move on. There’s something about it that makes it so close to being good and yet so far that makes me obsessively want to fix it. So first I guess I should look at what I do like about it, and what makes it interesting for me even if it ultimately falls very flat.

So without further ado, the good things about Disney's Pocahontas:

1. It’s simply a gorgeous film. The depth and character of the animation, the rich color palette, the beautiful sensitivity with which it is rendered, at least visually—even though thematically it certainly isn't realized with anything near the same sense of sophistication. 

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(DISCLAIMER: This blog is not for profit. All images and footage used below are property of their respective companies unless stated otherwise. I do not claim ownership of this material. New to the blog? Start at the start with Snow White.)

“Come again?”

“Well…I was wondering if you wanted to come over and destroy me? You know? Like old times?”

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