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Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends

Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends


Pocahontas Animal Kingdom show sign

 Located at Grandmother Willow's Theater in Camp-Minnie Mickey,  this show was called Colors of the Wind, Friends From the Animal Forest during the first few months of the park's opening in 1998.  Guests sat on benches facing the stage that had part of an upright hollow tree on the left, a fallen log in the center of the stage, a fallen tree branch behind it, Sprig in the middle of the stage and Grandmother Willow on the right.  Sprig and Grandmother Willow were animatronic puppets and Pocahontas was the only live character besides the animals.  It appears that the Grandmother Willow that appeared in this show is not the same one that was used at the earlier Spirit of Pocahontas show at the Disney/MGM Studios.  One of the actresses who played Pocahontas was named Ashley Warling and her demo video on YouTube includes clips from this show.  There were usually several shows presented throughout the day and one or two of the shows were designated as animal training sessions, where trainers would work with the animals on learning the behaviors in the show.  The last performance of the show was held on September 27, 2008.  

Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends Script

Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends show

 This script is a representation of a typical show.  Pocahontas said things were similar in each show but each performance could vary slightly in terms of words used.  Since this was a show that featured live animals, their entrances and appearances could vary from show to show.  Due to the prerecorded dialogue of Grandmother Willow and Sprout, a section on a particular animal could be deleted if an animal could not appear on stage that day.  During the early years of the show, Pocahontas did not speak to the audience after singing "Colors of the Wind".  Instead, the show would start at the point where she hears the trees being destroyed.

The show starts when a “camp councilor” Cast Member introduces a junior councilor (a child from the audience).  They would be asked to make the sound of one of the animals featured in the show and then beat a drum to summon Pocahontas.  Sometimes the junior councilor was asked to also shake a rattle.  The sound of the wind is heard as “Colors of the Wind” begins to play.  Colored paper leaves blow through the stage as a live turkey runs by.  Doves fly past.  Rats run across the fallen tree branch toward the back of the stage.  Pocahontas enters the stage, carrying a tree branch staff.

Pocahontas: (singing)
You think you own whatever land you land on,
the Earth is just a dead thing you can claim.
But I know every rock and tree and creature,
has a life, has a spirit, has a name.

You think the only people who are people,
are the people who look and think like you.
(Pocahontas goes by the still sleeping Grandmother Willow, brushes against the trunk and a hummingbird effect is seen.)
But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger,
you'll learn things you never knew you never knew.

Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon?
Or asked the grinning bobcat why he grinned?
Can you sing with all the voices of the mountains?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?
(More colored leaves blow around the stage, surrounding Pocahontas.)

Pocahontas: (speaking)
Wingapo.  That is how I say hello.  Can you say wingapo?  Try it with me!  Wingapo. (Together with the audience.) Wingapo.  I am so happy to see so many friends of the forest.  Do you know what my favorite part of the forest is?  It is my animal friends that live here!  Do you know who they are?  Who is my animal friend who wears a mask and loves to eat?  (Waits for the audience to reply.) My raccoon friend!  And what is his name?  (Waits again for the audience to reply.) Meeko!  And who is my other friend who slithers in the grass?  (Pauses  for the audience to reply.)  A snake!  And my friend who flies high in the air and makes beautiful music?  (Gestures with her hands to the audience).  My hummingbird friend Flit!  Do you know what else I love about the forest?  I love the sound of the waterfalls!  I love wind blowing through the trees!  And the-

(The music grows ominous and the cracking sound of falling trees is heard.)

Pocahontas:
What is that sound? (She puts down her staff and listens at the base of the tree stump on the left side of the stage.)  We must get help.  

(She runs to the right side of the stage.  The beginning of the song “Listen to Your Heart” is played.  Pocahontas runs away and when her back is turned, Grandmother Willow’s face appears on the tree.  Her eyes are closed.  Pocahontas runs towards her.)

Pocahontas:  
Grandmother Willow, Grandmother Willow, wake up!  

Grandmother Willow: (Wakes with a start.)
Pocahontas?  Oh, oh.  Oh my.  And I was having such a lovely nap.  

Pocahontas and Grandmother Willow

Pocahontas:
Grandmother Willow, I need to talk to you.  

Grandmother Willow:
Oh, calm down child.  Take a deep breath.  Yes, there.  Now, what is it that is troubling you?

Pocahontas:  
We have to do something.  The forest is in trouble.  It is being cut down tree by tree.  Limb by limb.  

Grandmother Willow:
Hmm, strange.  

Pocahontas:
They're not even leaving a twig in their path.  

(She sits down next to the small tree in the center of the stage.  It suddenly turns around, showing a face.)

Sprig:
I just knew something was wrong!  I felt it in my roots.  

Pocahontas:
Sprig, you're awake!  Soon they will come here to this grove.  

Sprig:
If they come near us, they'll be barking up the wrong tree.  I'll drop acorns on them; I'll trip them with my roots.  I'll, I'll, I'll show ‘em!  

(He and Pocahontas pretend to spar with each other.)

Pocahontas and Sprig

Grandmother Willow: (To Sprig)
Hush and calm down.  That’s what you will do.  Honestly, the two of you are carrying on like a couple of foolish pine trees.  

Pocahontas:
But they're destroying the forest!  They might even destroy you!  

Grandmother Willow:
Pocahontas, have you forgotten the prophecy of the forest?  

Sprig:
What’s a (he struggles to pronounce the word) prophecy?

Pocahontas:
Yes!  I remember.  Long ago a great wind whispered a secret to all the animals of the forest!  

Sprig:
Huh?

Pocahontas:
One of the creatures has a special gift.  The gift to protect the forest.

Sprig:
Then what are we waiting for?  We better ask ‘em.  

Grandmother Willow:
Yes child.  I think it is time to sound your horn and call our animal friends.  We need to learn the secrets before it’s too late!

(Pocahontas goes to Grandmother Willow to get her horn, which is hanging on the tree.  She shows it to Sprig and then blows it.)

Pocahontas:
Have you ever met a possum?  

Sprig:
I think I'm about to.

(A possum briefly comes out of the bottom tree stump and then retreats back into it.  In some shows the possum would walk across the fallen log.)

Grandmother Willow:
Yes, that’s a possum.  He’s a very clever little fellow.  

Sprig:
He doesn't look very clever to me.  

Grandmother Willow:
Well Sprig, just like you have tender roots, the possum has quite a tender heart.  Instead of fighting, he protects himself by playing dead.  

Pocahontas:
So the possum teaches us to use strategy to help us solve our problems.

Pocahontas and possum

Sprig:
Is that the secret of protecting the forest?

Pocahontas:
No, I don't think so.  But, it might help us find out the secret.

Sprig: (Startled as a porcupine walks out from behind Grandmother Willow and toward him.)
Watch out!  

Pocahontas:
Oh Sprig, he didn't even touch you.  

Sprig:
I know, but it would have hurt if he did.  

Pocahontas:
The porcupine is like my father Chief Powhatan.  If you treat him well he is very friendly.  But when threatened his quills stand straight up!  

Sprig:
I get the point.  

Grandmother Willow:
The porcupine represents faith and trust.  He reminds us that we can accomplish great things as long as we truly believe we can.  

Sprig:
Who knew we could learn so much from animals?

Pocahontas:
Just look around you Sprig.  From the gentle strength of the deer, to the fox who moves unseen like the wind through the forest, every animal has knowledge to share to those who are willing to learn.  

Grandmother Willow:
Do you know our friend the skunk?

Sprig:  
Well I know enough to stand upwind from that skunky smell.

(A skunk appears and walks either across the stage or across the fallen tree.)

Grandmother Willow:
Oh Sprig!  The skunk only releases that foul odor if he believes he’s in danger.

Pocahontas:
The smell and his spray teach us about respect.

Sprig:
What’s respect?

Pocahontas:
We should respect nature, or it could turn against us.

Sprig:
So now do we know how to protect the forest?

Grandmother Willow: (Laughs.)
Not quite yet.  But it seems to me we're getting closer to solving the mystery.

Pocahontas:
Which creature could it be that can protect the forest?  Oh look!  Don't you think little ducks are cute?  (Ducks come and start to eat by Sprig’s roots.)

Sprig:
I would, if they didn't chew on my leaves.

Grandmother Willow:
Oh come now, Sprig.  

Sprig:
I know but it tickles!  (Laughs.)

Pocahontas:
Do you know what they teach us Sprig?

Sprig:
Well, I already know they tickle.  What else could they teach me?

Pocahontas:
Though ducks are small, they have their own message.  They show us we should take control of the things that scare us.  Otherwise our fears could become real.  (She looks to the side of the stage.)  What’s that?  (She runs off stage.)

Sprig:
Pocahontas!  Where are you going?  Don't leave us alone!

Pocahontas: (Offstage)
Well, hello there.  Oh Sprig, look who I found!  

(Pocahontas walks out holding a snake. She walks across the front of the audience holding it.)

Pocahontas and snake

Sprig:
Grandmother Willow!  Pocahontas is being attached by a snake!  And I'm- sort of scared of snakes myself.  

Pocahontas:
Sprig, don't be afraid.  All creatures of the forest have their own special beauty and role.  Without my friend the snake, some animal populations would grow so large that they would threaten the life of the forest, if he did not do what he must to survive.

Sprig:
Well, if it’s such an important job, maybe you should let him do it.  (Pocahontas brings the snake toward him.) But somewhere else, anywhere else. (She takes the snake offstage.)

Pocahontas:
Yes, our friend does need to continue his journey.  

Grandmother Willow:
You know Sprig, the snake reminds us when something happens to us, we should learn from it.  To make us stronger down the path.  

(The rats run across the fallen tree branch again as the sound of a bird of prey is heard, followed by the noise of the destruction.  Pocahontas runs back on stage.)

Pocahontas:
They're getting closer Grandmother Willow, and we don't know the secret yet.  

Grandmother Willow:
It’s not too late child!  Don't lose hope.  

(A raccoon appears at the top of the tree stump. Sometimes the raccoon would walk across the fallen log and stand on his hind legs.)

Pocahontas:
Meeko!  Of course!  He has shown us the final part of the secret!  

Sprig:
Keep him away from me!  He’s always stealing my best acorns.

Pocahontas: (To Sprig)
Don't you see?  Meeko came to me for protection.  So even though each animal protects itself, it takes all of us to protect the forest!  

Sprig:
You learned all that from that silly old raccoon?

Grandmother Willow:
Oh Sprig!  Behave yourself!  

Pocahontas:
The prophecy said that one of the creatures of the forest has a special gift to protect it.  That creature must be us!  Humans can destroy the forest.  But we can also save it!  The Earth is our home too.  If we take care of it, it will take care of us.

Sprig:
Hey!  That must be the mystery of the forest.  

Grandmother Willow:
You are wise beyond your years, Pocahontas.  I'm very proud of you, child.  

Pocahontas:
Thank you for guiding me, Grandmother Willow.

Grandmother Willow:
I did not guide you my child.  You listened to your heart.  Now follow it to wherever you need to go.  You know I'll always be here for you.  

Sprig:
Yeah, me too.  Thanks to you, Pocahontas.

Pocahontas:
Sprig, you know I'd never let anything happen to you! (She tickles him and he laughs.) Grandmother Willow, my friends and I promise to share the mystery with everyone we meet.  Sweet dreams my friends.  

(Grandmother Willow goes back to sleep.  Pocahontas strokes Sprig and as he turns around, she picks up her staff again.)

Pocahontas: (Singing)
Come run the hidden pine trails of the forest.
Come taste the suns sweet berries of the Earth.
Come roll in all the riches all around you.
And for once, never wonder what they're worth.

The rainstorm and the river are my brothers.
The heron and the otter are my friends.
And we are all connected to each other.
In a circle, in a hoop that never ends.

How high does the sycamore grow?
If you cut it down, then you'll never know.
And you'll never hear the wolf cry to the blue corn moon.
For whether we are white or copper skinned.
We need to sing with all the voices of the mountains.
We need to paint with all the colors of the wind.

You can own the Earth and still.
All you'll own is Earth until.
You can paint with all the colors of the wind.

(Doves fly on to the stage).

Pocahontas:
Our friends of the forest are very wise.  They know we must protect our Earth, our home.  For ourselves and for future generations.  Carry this message with you on your journey.  

Chorus:
Can you ever hear the wolf cry to the blue corn moon.
For whether we are white or copper skinned.
We need to sing with all the voices of the mountains.
We need to paint with all the colors of the wind.
(Pocahontas stands with her arms outstretched and a pigeon  flies into each of her outstretched hands.)
We can own the Earth and still.
All you'll own is Earth until.

Pocahontas and birds

Pocahontas: (Brings out more colored leaves and releases them so they fly around her)
You can paint with all the colors of the wind.

(A bird of prey screeches and Pocahontas runs off the stage.)

Pocahontas and the colors of the wind



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