9. Pocahontas - Revise History, It's Fine
At first glance a romantic tale of love across cultural divides, Pocahontas is actually built on a pack of lies and historical inaccuracies. Pocahontas wasn’t the lithe, young Native American woman the film would suggest but according to more accurate historical records a 10 or 11-year-old child and the relationship between her and English explorer John Smith, almost 20 years her senior was completely non-romantic.
Thank god, because that is not the stuff of Disney fodder.
Beyond skewering the relationship between Pocahontas and John Smith, the movie paints a far more pleasant picture of the relations between Native Americans and European settlers than historical reality – more pestilence and genocide than anything else – would tell us.
The lesson? It’s perfectly fine to retell history, leave out the not so palatable parts and twist it to your own advantage as long as it gets backsides in cinema seats and makes a quick buck.