Pocahontas II: Journey To The New World Parent Guide

This movie is a fun tale, but parents need to be cautious that Disney's stories aren't mistaken for anything but fiction.

Overall B+

Picking up the story of the character introduced in Disney's Pocahontas, this movie follows a highly fictionalized version of the legendary's woman's life.

Violence B+
Sexual Content A-
Profanity A
Substance Use --

Why is Pocahontas II: Journey To The New World rated G? The MPAA rated Pocahontas II: Journey To The New World G

Run Time: 72 minutes

Parent Movie Review

First, forget about history. Like the original Disney Pocahontas, you need to consider the merits of this movie independent from the real world. If you want to teach children about British colonization of the Americas, pull out an encyclopedia or find a good documentary, because in Pocahontas, all characters are fictional (even if their names have not been changed to protect their identity).

The movie opens presumably a few years after the last one closed. There is a cute little village on the shore where Ratcliff’s original crew landed and rumor has it that John Smith is dead. A new ship has just pulled in with the dashing John Rolfe (voice of Billy Zane) at the helm. Rolfe, more of a 90’s guy than Smith was, is seeking to bring the “great chief” Pocahontas back to England to meet King James. He reluctantly returns with our heroine who, upon her arrival in London, discovers the King’s plan to send an armada to her continent with the intentions of defeating the “savages” and claiming their gold.

The usual moral lessons are included in this version. While Pocahontas teaches about appreciating nature and loving animals, Rolfe helps her to understand honor and what it means to “give your word”. Later Pocahontas chooses to risk her life by appealing to King James and imploring him not to wage war on her people.

One of the better Disney direct-to-video releases, Pocahontas II has some interesting songs (although none of the tunes were memorable a few hours later) and writing that is a nice blend of comedy and drama. Mrs. Jenkins (voice of Jean Stapleton), Rolfe’s nearsighted housekeeper, is especially fun as is Pocahontas’s bodyguard Uttamatomakin—a native who is long on stature but short on words. And of course the sidekicks Meeko and Percy accompany Pocahontas for additional humor relief aimed directly at young viewers.

Just in case your children think all is well, you may want to explain the tragic reality of Pocahontas. This movie is a fun tale, but parents need to be cautious that Disney’s stories aren’t mistaken for anything but fiction.

Directed by Tom Ellery, Bradley Raymond. Starring Irene Bedard, Donal Gibson, Jim Cummings, Billy Zane. Running time: 72 minutes. Updated

Pocahontas II: Journey To The New World Parents' Guide

To learn more about the real life of Pocahontas, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocahontas

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Pocahontas II: Journey To The New World movie is August 21, 2012. Here are some details…

Blu-ray Notes: Pocahontas 1 and 2 Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack

Release Date: 21 August 2012

Disney’s Pocahontas 1 and 2  release together as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Bonus extras include:

- Drawing Inspiration: The Lost Story Of Hiawatha

- “Little Hiawatha” Cartoon Short

- Deleted Song

- The Music Of Pocahontas

- Deleted Scenes

- Audio Commentary

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This movie is the sequel to Disney’s Pocahontas.

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