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… well, that and if you could ignore the elephant in the room that is Disney’s take on Pocahontas (That is to say, the incredibly inaccurate/romanticization of the very tragic life of a real, marginalized person).

The sequel carries on the tradition of the original film in that it tries somewhat to refer to actual story of Pocahontas (Emphasis on tries) while ‘Disney-fying’ things. 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 do find it really interesting to see this play out in a Disney movie, it’s really cool to see a Disney movie show us that first loves don’t always equate to true love. That said, it’s pretty uncomfortable to root for the fictional romance with Pocahontas knowing how the real John Rolfe married her at least partially because he thought doing so would “save her soul”… yikes.

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 makes it some what amusing.

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 a nice touch at least.

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