Set in the early 17th century, the Susan Constant sails to the New World from old London. Those on board include captain John Smith, and the leader of the English settlers, Governor John Ratcliffe. In the New World lives a tribe of Powhatans in Virginia, ruled by Chief Powhatan. Also living with the Powhatan tribe are Pocahontas, the daughter of Chief Powhatan, and a brave warrior named Kocoum, who Powhatan wants Pocahontas to marry. With her pets raccoon Meeko and hummingbird Flit, Pocahontas visits Grandmother Willow, an ancient willow tree who lives in a glade, and speaks of a dream involving a spinning arrow, and where her path in life should be. As the English settlers arrive to the New World, they dig for gold everywhere, while John Smith heads out into the wilderness. When the Powhatan tribe spots the English settlers, both armies immediately start a war. Powhatan immediately warns all his people that they must not go anywhere near the English men. Meanwhile, Pocahontas and John Smith develop a relationship with each other, and Smith is also included to Grandmother Willow. On the other hand, the Powhatan tribe summons more brave warriors to fight off the settlers. Later that night, as Pocahontas and John Smith share a kiss, they are both witnessed by Kocoum and Thomas. Kocoum attacks Smith and attempts to kill him, until Thomas intervenes and shoots Kocoum to his death. Thomas quickly leaves, leaving Smith to take the blame for Kocoum's death. Smith is taken as prisoner by Powhatan's men, and is sentenced to death by sunrise. Thomas runs back to the English settlers and warns them that Smith was captured by the Powhatans, and both sides prepare for a big war. Pocahontas returns to Grandmother Willow's glade and tells her that all hope has been lost. Meeko hands Pocahontas the compass he took from Smith earlier, and she realizes that the spinning arrow in the compass is from her dream! The arrow points to where the sun rises, and Pocahontas sets off (with the help of her mother's spirit) to stop the war between her people and the English settlers. Powhatan calls for peace between the two groups, as so does everyone else -- except Ratcliffe, who attempts to kill Powhatan himself, but instead shoots John Smith. Ratcliffe is sent back to England in chains, and Smith is also forced to go back to recover from his wounds. He asks Pocahontas to come with him, but she chooses to stay with her people, and declares that no matter what happens, they'll always be together forever.
|Character's name||Voiced by|
|John Smith||Mel Gibson|
|Governor Ratcliffe||David Ogden Stiers|
|Grandmother Willow||Linda Hunt|
|Lon (unnamed in the film)||Joe Baker|
|Nakoma||Michelle St. John|
|Kocoum||James Apaumut Fall|
In Other Languages
- September 1992: Casting for Pocahontas began.
- November 18, 1994: The scene with the musical number "Colors of the Wind" was released alongside a theatrical re-release of The Lion King.
|Format||Country of origin||Date|
|Original theatrical||USA||June 23, 1995|
|Original theatrical||Chile||November 24, 1995|
|VHS||USA||February 28, 1996|
|VHS||Chile||September 13, 1996|
|DVD||USA||June 6, 2000|
|DVD||Chile||March 15, 2002|
|DVD (Special Edition)||USA||May 3, 2005|
|DVD (Special Edition)||Chile||August 11, 2006|
|Blu-ray Disc||USA||August 21, 2012|
|Blu-ray Disc||Chile||November 16, 2012|
This film was advertised on the following:
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (October 28, 1994) (as part of the Roy E. Disney intro)
- Disney's Sing-Along Songs: Circle of Life (December 16, 1994)
- The Lion King (March 3, 1995)
Just days before the film was released in theaters, there were two documentaries centered on the film that aired on the Disney Channel -- Pocahontas: The Musical Tradition Continues (June 20, 1995) and Pocahontas: The Legend Comes to Life (June 21, 1995).
Pocahontas premiered on the Disney Channel on April 6, 1997, then on ABC on March 1, 1998. It aired several more times on Disney Channel in mid-1998. The film aired on ABC HD for the first time on February 3, 2002. It then returned to Disney Channel on February 14, 2004, with more repeats until after February 27, 2005.
Home video timeline
This timeline only covers the first film.
|Format||Cover||Release Date(s)||List price||Notes|
|VHS||February 28, 1996||$26.99|
|DVD||June 6, 2000||
|Originally planned for July 4.|
|DVD||May 3, 2005||$29.99||Contains a little additional footage for the film.|
|Blu-ray||August 21, 2012||$39.99||Also includes the somewhat awful sequel, Journey to a New World.|
|Blu-ray||February 28, 2017||Also includes a Digital HD copy of both films.|