On this day in history, an animated film based on a historic figure from the “New World” was released in theaters.
Disney’s Pocahontas was released in theaters on June 23rd, 1995. Directed by Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg, the film’s screenplay was penned by Carl Binder, Susannah Grant, and Phillip LaZebnik. It features the voice talents of Mel Gibson, Irene Bedard, David Ogden Stiers, and Frank Welker.
The film, inspired by the historical events of English colonists encounter with the Native American Pocahontas, followers her as she comes to know the Englishman John Smith. This happens Governor Ratcliffe and the chief of Pocahontas’s tribe escalate tensions towards a breaking point.
Despite criticism for some over historical inaccuracies, Disney’s Pocahontas would go on to be a success at the box office, making over an estimated $340 million dollars. It would win both Best Original Song and Best Musical/Comedy Score at the Academy Awards.
A video game for the Sega Genesis based on the film was released in 1996. A direct-to-video sequel to the film would be released in 1998.