Thursday, September 25, 2008

Disney Movie of the Week

On June 16, 1995 Walt Disney Feature Animation released its 33rd animated film, Pocahontas. The film was a dramatic interpretation of the settlement of Virgina and the meeting of the Indian Princess Pocahontas and explorer Captain John Smith. The film's premiere was held in Central Park,New York and still holds the world record for largest movie premiere ever with an attendance of over a 100,000 people.

The Disney Adaptation is filled with humorous moments, and memorable songs, songs that hit the billboard top 200 and went triple platinum in the year 1995. The most popular of these songs is Alan Menken's "Colors of the Wind". The last line in the song says "You can own the earth and still, all you'll own is earth until you can paint with all the colors of the wind." This message stands true today. In this song and film Pocahontas showed the settlers that simply taking over someones lands proved nothing until you understood the balance of nature. In this one song she taught John Smith and the viewers to see things through other peoples eyes, a lesson we could all learn from today.