Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World - A New Land and a New Love
|"Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World" (1998).|
Almost all of the voice actors return from "Pocahontas," with the critical exception of Mel Gibson as John Smith, who now is voiced by Mel's brother Donal Gibson. Smith is not the central male figure in this continuation anyway, as Pocahontas engages on adventures of her own.
However, before we dig deeper into the actual story of Pocahontas, rest assured that watching the two movies is a fairly seamless experience. It should excite interest in the real story among younger viewers. Just be aware that there is a staggering quality difference between the two films, with the first being classic and the second, well, not so much.
|Pocahontas, Meeko and John Smith.|
The King wants Rolfe to bring the chief back to England for discussions. Pocahontas (Irene Bedard) is sad about Smith's death, but she comes to terms with his passing. Rolfe arrives and tries to take charge of matters, which irks Pocahontas, who is a free spirit and feels everything is under control already.
After some timely advice from spiritual tree Grandmother Willow (Linda Hunt), Pocahontas sets off with Rolfe for England. Pocahontas' animal friends raccoon Meeko (John Kassir), hummingbird Flit (Frank Welker) and pet dog Percy (Danny Mann) stow away. The ship's captain, unclear as to what is happening, tries to arrest Pocahontas as a stowaway herself, but Rolfe protects her, softening her feelings towards him somewhat.
|Pocahontas with her animal friends.|
|Medieval London, England.|
The King, in turn, gets upset at Pocahontas and, at Ratcliffe's suggestion, arrests her and her bodyguard Uttamatomakkin (Brad Garrett) with the intention of executing them. Rolfe, desperate, encounters a hooded stranger who succeeds in breaking Pocahontas and her bodyguard out of prison. When safe in the woods, the hooded stranger reveals himself as none other than John Smith. It turns out that both Smith and Rolfe have feelings for Pocahontas.
|The Blu-ray disc.|
|Pocahontas in her ballroom attire.|
|Pocahontas and Ratcliffe dancing.|
|Governor... former Governor Ratcliffe.|
"Pocahontas II" was a tragic mistake on Disney's part. It is no wonder that Disney stopped making direct-to-video sequels to its feature animated films a few years later. Having directors Tom Ellery and Bradley Raymond end the sequel with Pocahontas breaking up with her big lover from "Pocahontas" just leaves you gasping at the screen in frustration, especially since Rolfe is so unimpressive. Even little kids who see "Pocahontas" likely will be disappointed.
|A fantasy moment.|
|The Immortal Bard has a cameo appearance in "Pocahontas II."|
|The Blu-ray package has nice extra features.|