Besides all that, Pocahontas has some fantastic things to teach us about writing. So let's get through this steady as the beating drum. ;)
1.) Adding a Speculative Element to a True Story - Pocahontas is closely based on the true story of the Native American girl. Though there are elemental changes such as her age and the romance between her and John Smith, the writers also added a classic speculative element as characteristic to most Disney films with Grandmother Willow and the Spirits. This gave the film a feeling of ancient and wild wonder and, in my opinion, enhanced the film instead of hindering it.
How this applies to writing: Have you thought of retelling a true story and adding a speculative element to it? Would the speculative element just add another dimension or will it be crucial to the plot? Adding a sprinkle of magic to an old story can bring a new twist on it!
How this applies to writing: Language barriers can make an intriguing element for your story. Not being able to communicate can cause a lot of conflict and learning to communicate can stimulate much character growth.
5.) A Bittersweet Ending - Unlike most Disney movies, Pocahontas's ending isn't a typical happily ever after. Though peace is made between white man and red man, Pocahontas and John Smith can't be together because of his injuries. Thus Pocahontas's goal is accomplished but not all of her desires are fulfilled. The ending scene where she wishes him goodbye as he's sailing away always pulls at my heart strings.
Have you seen Pocahontas? Have you noticed these writing aspects? What movies have you noticed have good writing? Let's geek out together!
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