Quality of Character
I struggled with scoring Pocahontas in this category. On the one hand, the Pocahontas of the film manages to forge new relationships between opposing human forces. She is strong, thoughtful, in tune with nature, stands up for what she believes in... but as an adult I have a very big problem with separating the real story of Pocahontas from the one that was created to reach kids. It's one thing to take liberties with history but this? Yeesh. Pocahontas in reality made some really questionable choices to get her to the place where she became this self-sacrificing bridge-gapper. I ended up splitting the difference and just scoring Pocahontas in the middle.
Overall Film Quality
Similarly to above, I take some issue with the romanticizing of this story (not that I think Disney should have told the honest story, I just question whether they should have gone down this road to begin with). The movie as a whole, independent from history, is pretty middling. Most of the characters are pretty two dimensional, the story is flimsy, the score reflects this.
I can't. I really can't. Disney turned a rapist into a hero, and I CAN'T let it go. If my daughter ever came up to me and said "I want to marry a man just like John Smith!" I would feel like I'd failed as a parent, even though the character in the film isn't SO bad. Seriously, though, Pocahontas' judgment comes into serious question when you get a good look at Kocoum (her intended suitor from her tribe). Kocoum is SUPER hot, smart, responsible, thoughtful, and really likes Pocahontas. His only fault is that he's NOT John Smith. Whatever, Pocahontas, I'll take your cast offs.
WEEEEEAK. So weak. Other than Kocoum, it's a whole lot of lame. Pocahontas has a trusty Raccoon sidekick who contributes nothing. The villain has a pet pug that is the closest to a solid supporting character that you'll get. The villain? Governor Radcliffe is pretty darn unappealing, but any ability you might have to take him seriously is lost when you get a look at those pigtail hairbows. Seriously.
Pocahontas does a little better here. She has a couple of decent songs, Just around the Riverbend, Colors of the Wind, but most of the rest of the soundtrack is pretty forgettable.
Although it might be, in some circles, period and ethnicity appropriate, it's also REALLY skimpy for a little girl. The positive way to look at it, is that it will be well ventilated during hot weather.
**DISCLAIMER** I do not own any of the likenesses of these heroines. All characters/likenesses are the property of Disney, and are not being used here for financial gain ****