Pocahontas / 10th Anniversary Edition : 4 of 5
I had recently watched Pocahontas just before this DVD came out, so it's taken me forever to actually take the time to enjoy this special edition, but since I've been catching-up on lots of Disney DVDs lately, I made the time. As always, it was wonderful to see such a Disney masterpiece again. Even though Pocahontas often gets criticized as the start of Disney's recent animation slump, I still think it's full of fantastic emotion, music, and beautiful animation. I've always loved the initial meeting of Pocahontas and John Smith, and this time I was really amazed at how skillfully she's animated as she sneaks out onto the rocks - those are some incredible movements! This special edition includes the song If I Never Knew You, which was cut from the theatrical release, and I really enjoyed it. The animation was already complete, so the scene only looks slightly different from the rest of the film (it's just rendered a little too clearly to match the older artwork). The song really adds a lot to the movie, especially during the short reprise at the end of the film. The bonus DVD includes an old documentary that was made for laserdisc, but the content is still fresh and interesting (narrated by the girl who voiced Pocahontas, who is seriously gorgeous). Tons of still libraries are included as well, and thankfully there are several model sheet close-ups that are always interesting to me. I had a great time revisiting this Disney classic!