Pocahontas 2: Journey to a New World (1998)

“Pocahontas sets off on a journey to England with Meeko, Flit, and Percy. Hearing rumors of John Smith’s death, Pocahontas tries to prevent war and battle.”

– Anonymous, IMDB.

Pocahontas 2 was one of the earliest Direct-to-Video sequels that went onto plague Disney in the mid 2000s. The film features many of the original voice actors from the original film, including Irene Bedard as Pocahontas. The film also features new characters voiced by Jean Stapleton from All in the Family, and Billy Zane. Pocahontas 2 currently holds a rating of 29% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Some thoughts from me (Potential spoilers below)…
Like a lot of the Disney sequels, Pocahontas 2 is a passable movie. If you could somehow separate it from the legacy of first film, I think it’d be better received. That said, there’s still some laughable moments to it, it just falls into that ‘not as bad as it could’ve been’ category of movies that appear on this blog.

The sequel carries on the tradition of the original film in that it tries somewhat to refer to actual story of Pocahontas, while ‘Disney-fying’ things a fair bit. Spoilers for the movie, but Pocahontas finds herself in a love triangle between old flame John Smith and newcomer John Rolfe. And spoilers again, but Pocahontas ends up choosing John Rolfe. I find it really interesting to see this play out in a Disney movie. On one hand, it’s really cool to see a Disney movie show us that first loves don’t always equate to true love. That said, it also means that I can’t get invested in the tragic romance of Pocahontas and John Smith in the original film now that I know how it turns out.

Most of the laughs in this film for me come from seeing the typical weirdness that’s in the Disney sequels. It’s hard for me to pin down, but there’s always just this feeling to them, as though I’m being talked down to by the movie. The original Disney movies can be enjoyed by all ages, but the sequels tend to lack the depth that would keep adults entertained. The shallowness of it all definitely brings some laughs.

The animation in Pocahontas 2, while obviously not on par with the original film, is still pretty decent (Again, especially when compared to the other movies that I’ve talked about). The returning voice cast is also great to hear. Like Don Bluth’s Anastasia, I’d recommend this one as a palette cleanser, a film that’s not terrible, but still will generate some conversation and laughs.

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