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Another top animated feature from Disney

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
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June 26, 1995 -- ``Pocahontas'' is the latest full-length Disney musical animated feature and it should mean not only another blockbuster, but another best song Oscar for Disney.

It seems strange that Disney cartoons are just about the only musicals being made these days. After the success Disney's had with musicals in recent years, you'd think other studios would take notice.

``Pocohontas'' is a very strong entry, indeed. I liked it better than ``Lion King.'' The story is a very powerful. The music is top-notch and the animation is beautiful. The only two things I didn't like were the simple-minded political correctness of the story and an abrupt ending.

The story has the natives as the good guys and the English are greedy land destroyers. But it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be in that respect. Anyway, a film ought to be judged on its merits, not its politics.

The finest moments in the film come when Pocahontas is singing to John Smith about the beauties of nature. The power of the words merges perfectly with artistry on the screen. A raccoon and hummingbird provide the comic relief in the film are both are very funny. The evil Governor Ratcliffe (voice by David Ogden Stiers) makes a good villain.

Since the story is primarily an adult love story, kids may not like it as well as, say ``Aladdin'' or ``The Lion King,'' but there are plenty of laughs for the kids, too.

This is one of Disney's best. It rates an A.

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