Tonight I watched Pocahontas for the first time in years. I don’t think I’ve watched it since I owned the movie on VHS and boy was that a while ago! I forgot how much I love it. 🙂 Anywho, it got me thinking, and I remembered referring to a song from the movie in an English blog that I worked on all semester about a year or so ago. I nearly had forgotten all about the blog. In my class, we were told to choose a topic to stick with throughout the entire semester. I chose gay rights. I think it’s because Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was either being repealed at the time, or a huge controversy over its repeal was going on. Either way, I chose this topic, and I had to start a blog using commonplaces (I’m still not honestly sure I could give you a definition of what that is) in order to appeal to my topic. We were to use this blog to help explore our topic, and keep up with it weekly. Of course, being the fabulous procrastinator that I am, I came up with a ton somehow in the wee hours of the night before it was due, so that is why Disney got referenced at all, some of the wording isn’t the best, and the topics chosen are pushing it a bit… nonetheless I did complete the assignment and get an A so BOOYA! Haha, anyways.. I’m finished ranting. I just thought I’d share my post referring to Pocahontas here, since I literally just finished watching it. Enjoy!
I think we underestimate the messages that child movies can portray. I know that this is not the most recent movie, considering it was made 1995, however, I feel that the message that it sends is timeless. Pocahontas is a Disney movie that I grew up with. The thing that I believe makes it a commonplace is the fact that with practically any Disney movie, when with a group of people, if one person begins to sing part of a song, such as “Colors Of The Wind” from Pocahontas, nine times out of ten, someone in the group will start singing that song with you. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve experience this. It’s quite a fascinating phenomenon. Most everyone has seen the popular Disney movies, such as Mulan, Pocahontas, The Little Mermaid, Hercules, etc.
“You think the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll find things you never knew you never knew. ”
These are lyrics from the song I mentioned before, “Colors Of The Wind.” I’ve also attached the link to the song, in case you aren’t familiar with it. When putting children in front of screen sending messages as powerful as this, it’s no wonder that children have a tendency to see the good in people. If only those adults putting these films on the television for these children would take a second and listen.
There’s a quote I’m very fond of. “Ask a child for advice. They may not know much, but they know what is important.” I’m pretty sure I found it on a random website a long time ago, but its message has stuck with me. Adults have a habit of letting simple things get too complicated, and ending up with hatred in their hearts.
I think everyone needs to go back and visit their childhood at least once a year for a reality check. It may seem as though things have gotten overly complicated, and nothing but negative images fill the world, but if we take that second to look at things from a child’s point of view, we will see that it isn’t the world that has changed, it’s our faith in it, and it is up to us to get that faith back.