Hitting the back stretch for this series with number eleven, The Legacy Collection: Pocahontas, released on August 7, 2015, as a two-disc album to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the movie. The release includes the film’s complete original soundtrack and five demo recordings.
This CD set is not as comprehensive as most of the other ones. It might be indicative of the movies place in the hearts of Disney fans. There was a span of many years when Disney animated films didn’t do too well at the Box Office. Hercules, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and others, failed to reach the heights of titles that would later become part of the so-called Disney Renaissance.
That being said, Pocahontas still has her admirers. If you are one of them, then let the haters hate, because this post is for you!
As said, the text for this set is not as detailed as with other offerings in the series, but you should enjoy the Production Notes anyway. So here they are:
Next we have some pages about the Music. I don’t think this film created many memorable classics other than its signature tune Colors of the Wind, but you may feel otherwise. Check out the following pages for lyrics to most of the main tunes:
By now, you’ve probably noticed that this isn’t my favorite Disney movie. I’m not a hater, but I’m certainly not a lover. But I did find an interesting song to add to this post:
Well written and performed but a bit repetitive on the theme of a Princess being dissatisfied with her parents expectations or her lot in life. Will we ever find a Disney protagonist who likes their life?
As always, the Concept Art is a standout feature of these sets! It is interesting to see how the characters changed during production:
I gotta say, I would have been interested in the turkey and otter characters! Especially the turkey, although, I doubt he would have had a fulfilling story ark… unless it involved stuffing.
With only the original soundtrack and five demo recordings, again, this set is a bit sparse on the content. But it is what it is and I only bought it to complete my set of fifteen Legacy collections. It does accomplish that!
FUN FACTS: The original artwork used to pitch the project depicted Pocahontas as a younger Indian girl who looked a lot like Tiger Lily from Peter Pan. You can see the image at the end of the Music section above.
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