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“Pocahontas” (1995), Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 33rd animated motion picture. More for grown-ups than little kids, the film is Disney Animation’s version of “Romeo and Juliet”/“West Side Story.” Historical inaccuracies aside, this animated musical is a serious and beautiful take on the follies of greed, racism and war and the importance of caring for the earth and for each other. The stunning animation is accompanied by some poignant songs and a great vocal cast. Russell Means, the voice of Chief Powhatan in the film and a respected spokesperson for the preservation of American Indian heritage, said that “Pocahontas” is “the finest film ever done in Hollywood on the Native American experience.” “You can own the earth and still/All you’ll own is earth until/You can paint with all the colors of the wind.”



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