THE PRINCESS AND THE PC

But the terms of the film fall short of the possibilities of the material. My friend needn't have worried--Pocahontas is too thin and cautious even to be irritatingly PC. Miss Thing herself, here a grown-up, leggy beauty, was reportedly modeled on Victoria's Secret babe Christy Turlington. But for all her singing about her desire to see what's around the river bend, she is, when all is said and done, another standard Disney heroine: like Snow White, she has animal pals--a cheeky little raccoon and a feisty hummingbird--and like Snow White, what she's finally looking for is Prince Charming.

By the way, why don't the heroes and heroines of animated Disney pictures ever have mothers? The Little Mermaid, Belle, Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, Goofy's kid and now Pocahontas are all pointedly motherless, and, while the Lion King has a mother, she says little and does less. To find classic Disney protagonists with strong, loving mothers, one must go back to Bambi and Dumbo. The former's was shot, and the latter's went mad.

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