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Pocahontas vs Avatar, a Similar Scenario or What, but Not 3D

January 11th, 2010 · 6 Comments · 3D Movies & Videos


This fun brief comparison between the main idea of the story behind the Pocahontas and Avatar has been circling around for some time, but that is nothing new… we already know there are just a few dozens of well know hit scenarios and a lot of the popular movies do follow them. Of course the time, place, characters and some things that happen can be quite different, but the movie still follows the general old as the world idea. Some people said that Avatar has got a lot of cliches too, but then again the movie is still worth watching… you can even say that it even redefines some of these cliches you find in a lot of movies. There is however one very different thing that sets apart Avatar from a lot of the other movies and that is the movies being 3D… stereoscopic 3D to be exact and that makes a hell lot of a difference.

Avatar is the first really big scale stereoscopic 3D movie, on a scale similar to that of Titanic, but we know that James Cameron prefers to make things this way. So what if he utilizes the good old movie formula that a lot of other directors also build their success on, he is at leas trying to not only make things on a big scale, but also to invest in new solutions and technologies thus moving things further. And Avatar is definitely going to be the thing that fuels all things stereoscopic 3D not only this year, but in the following years too… and the success the movie is having worldwide with a lot of people watching it at least a few times in different 3D cinemas is also contributing to that. People want good 3D movies, people want to watch them in in quality 3D cinemas using the best possible technologies so that they can fully enjoy them, and this year they also want to have the same 3D cinema experience at home in front of their big-screen TV.

So what is your opinion on this topic? Please share your thoughts it in the comments below.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben Drawbaugh // Jan 11, 2010 at 22:03

    Sure it’s the same story told over and over again, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good story. In fact I’d argue that it is such a good story that it is worth retelling in different settings. Personally I prefer the Last Samurai comparison and think that Avatar would’ve been better if the Na’vi lost in the end.

  • 2 Peter // Jan 12, 2010 at 03:50

    I also thought that the Na’vi should have lost.

  • 3 Dave G. // Jan 13, 2010 at 09:33

    Yes, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Avatar as a story. However, being a stereoscopic 3D geek, this hasn’t stopped me from seeing it multiple times in the theater and telling others they HAVE to see the movie!

    I don’t care for the political metaphorical propaganda (the cheap shots referencing ‘shock and awe’ and ‘preemptive strike’, etc.) nor the spiritual agenda behind it (pantheistic, sacralizing the environment). But even if you bracket the story apart from these agendas, it was a fairly good story. It was not a great story, however, in that it was predictable and derivative with 1-dimensional characters. Yes, I noticed the parallel with the Last Samurai. Others say it followed Pocahontas, other say Dances with Wolves. Whatever. We’ve seen this before.

  • 4 Jarek Azevedo // Jan 18, 2010 at 07:16

    Smart move with having an old reliable tale to tell. J. Cam is trying out newerish techs and ‘no one’ will give that type of progress a break. It either makes the money or we wait a decade for someone else to get the green light to try again and frankly, surely (ha ha ha, whoever else) He best concentrate on making a very convincing argument for 3D – combining that with some profound story and you are gambling far too much. The payout is progress and that would suck because someone didn’t like how the film tackled alien abortion rights or wasn’t a crowd fav at some indie festival.

  • 5 Blaiz // Nov 3, 2011 at 18:30

    Identical plots, just different Background and settings.

  • 6 Blaiz // Nov 3, 2011 at 18:31

    should make a sequel…

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