2. Pocahontas (1995)

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Disney have a habit of taking traditional folklore and historical tales and scrubbing them up a little to make the stories more family-friendly.

Nowhere is this practice more evident than in 1995’s Pocahontas, a fictionalized version of John Smith’s encounter with a young Powhatan woman.

Historically, John Smith’s encounter with Pocahontas is actually believed to have happened when she was only 10 or 11 years old. Disney’s literal romanticizing of the tale warranted aging her up a little in order for the film to have that all-important love story.

There’s plenty of other small tweaks and changes to the facts surrounding both Pocahontas and John Smith, but the biggest is their imagined romance – something which most certainly did not happen in any existing historical account.

It’s worth mentioning that Disney did at least capture the playful, compassionate spirit that Pocahontas is said to have had, so there, at least, they did the real-life historical figure some justice.