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Pocahontas (1995)

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NOTE: This commentary track is only on the 10th Anniversary Edition.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Producer James Pentecost and directors Eric Goldberg and Mike Gabriel Rating:8.5/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on June 11th, 2015:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Another breezy and very informative track from the Disney animators. Covers all the bases in 70 plus minutes. They address the difficulty in bringing the first Disney animated feature with historical figures to the screen. Goldberg especially imbues the track with good-natured humor. He frequently sings the praises of the unsung heroes of animation, namely the background artists and clean-up specialists. "Pocahontas" was the quickest "greenlight" ever given by the execs, a tale simply pitched as "Romeo & Juliet" in the "New World." Fascinating to learn how the animal characters carried the task of "comic relief" despite not having the usual Disney characteristic of speaking. They leaned heavily on the gag writing of a wise Disney artist to give Miko and the other animals hilarious bits of action. That helped to greatly take the "edge" off of otherwise very serious subject matter. The work of the musical numbers is recounted on extensively, as effective plot devices and characterization points. I appreciate the filmmakers goal to tell a dramatic story, as evidenced by Goldberg's admission that they seriously debated putting Aladdin's lamp in as a background gag. But tone was everything, so "Pocahontas" had to function as a serious-minded animated tale. A vivacious track with only a brief silent stretch about half way through. 8/10