Pocahontas $346 Million
November 28, 2011 by staff
Pocahontas $346 Million, The characters from the Disney movie Pocahontas propel the tale of the Europeans arrival to the New World. The movie was released in theaters in 1995, to VHS in 1996 and to DVD in 2000. It was not only a box-office hit, but received several awards as well.
Pocahontas has two voices to back up her character in the movie—Irene Bedard for her speaking voice and Judy Kuhn for her singing voice. She’s the daughter of Chief Powhatan and love interest for Captain John Smith. She and John Smith work to inspire peace between the Native Americans and colonists while proving that the land is too precious to be tampered with.
Mel Gibson is behind Captain John Smith’s voice. Smith is the leader of the group of Europeans who come to the New World in search of wealth and riches. He learns from and eventually falls in love with Pocahontas and helps to prevent war between the two groups.
Governor Ratcliffe’s voice is that of David Ogden Stiers. He accompanies John Smith on his adventure to the New World mainly in search of riches. He’s the antagonist, pushing for an aggressive stance when it comes to the Native Americans.
Meeko’s voice is supplied by John Kassir. Meeko is Pocahontas’ adorably friendly raccoon friend who loves to eat.
Chief Powhatan is Pocahontas’ father and leader of the tribe. He’s also promised his daughter to the top warrior in the land. He doesn’t trust the settlers and almost has John Smith killed because he thinks he’s the murderer of one of the people of his tribe. Pocahontas steps in, however, saves Smith, then teaches her father a lesson about mistrust and hatred of those who are different. Russell Means is the voice actor for Powhatan.
Christian Bale provides Thomas’ voice. Thomas is John Smith’s friend and responsible for Kocoum’s death.
Grandmother Willow is an old willow tree full of wisdom and magic. Linda Hunt provides her voice.
Flit is Pocahontas’ hummingbird friend who isn’t nearly as friendly as Meeko when it comes to the settlers. He wants Pocahontas to be with Kocoum, but comes around when it’s clear that John Smith is sincerely interested in learning more about Pocahontas and her people’s way of life. Flit’s voice is that of Frank Welker.
Kocoum intends to be Pocahontas’ husband. He’s asked her father’s permission, but she has other plans. Kocoum sees Pocahontas and Smith together and attacks, but Smith’s friend Thomas acts quickly and kills him instead. Kocoum’s death enrages Pocahontas’ father, he blames Smith, and plans to have him executed. James Apaumut Fall is the voice actor for Kocoum.
Pocahontas grossed $346 million worldwide, according to IMDB.com. The movie also won multiple awards in 1995 and 1996, including:
Annie Award in 1995 for Best Animated Feature
Annie Award in 1995 for Best Individual Achievement for Animation (“Meeko”)
Oscar for Best Music in 1996, Original Movie or Comedy Score
Oscar for Best Music, Original Song in 1996 (Colors of the Wind)
ASCAP Award for Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures in 1996 (Colors of the Wind)
ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Films in 1996
Golden Globe for Best Original Song–Motion Picture in 1996 (Colors of the Wind)
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