The film received two Academy Awards for Best Musical or Comedy Score for Menken and Best Original Song for "Colors of the Wind".
A video game based on Pocahontas was released across various platforms and the film itself was followed by a direct-to-video sequel titled Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World in 1998.
Meanwhile, Disney studio chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg decided the film should be a serious romantic epic in the vein of Beauty and the Beast (1991), in hope that, like Beauty, it would also be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Screenwriters Carl Binder, Susannah Grant and Philip La Zebnik took creative liberties with history in an attempt to make the film palatable to audiences.
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Pocahontas introduces John to Grandmother Willow and avoids two other crewmen, but Pocahontas's best friend Nakoma discovers her relationship with John and warns Kocoum.