Film Analysis: Pocahontas
The animated Walt Disney movie Pocahontas is based on a true life story of a young Powhatan Indian girl named Pocahontas who falls in love with John Smith. In the making of the movie, Walt Disney, attempts to relate to the early 17th Century historic event of Europeans settling in Jamestown; however, Disney did not portrait the true story. Disney rewrote the story by making it a beautifully romantic and animated love story like a Cinderella fairytale. In the Walt Disney movie, Pocahontas and John Smith were both young adults when they first met. Pocahontas was very alethic, and wore a one-strapped leather short dress and she had a tattoo on her arm. John Smith was a tall, handsome, clean shaved man that wore tight pants, chest armor, and a helmet. In reality, Pocahontas was an eleven year old girl when she first met the twenty-eight year old John Smith. John Smith was actually shorter than his Disney character made him out to be. He wore puffy pants and had a full beard. Pocahontas was allowed to wear clothing when she turned twelve. In the winter she would wear a mantle made of feathers, and in the summer she began wearing a leather dress, with or without one shoulder strap. Powhatan Indian dresses were often decorated with pictures of animals and they probably had tattoos. (Ancestory.com, 2007) The original colonists arrived at Jamestown on three ships: The Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery. In the movie the colonist, including John Smith, came to Jamestown on The Susan Constant and the other two ships were not present. During the Voyage of 1607, John Smith was not the captain of the ship; Captain Newport was the admiral and fleet commander. In the movie, the governor of the English Colony was Ratcliffe, and he was in charge during the voyage; however, the colony did not have a governor for the first couple of years, but had a council with a president. John Smith was not elected president of Jamestown Virginia until 1608....
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