I never directly said that Avatar is similar to the Disney version of Pocahontas. I never flat out stated that the Disney film is original either. Most if not all of the traditional animated Disney films are not original because well they are already based on something and as you mentioned toned down from the things they are based on. And yes Avatar did a better job at showing the suffering that a race can ensue at the hands of another race than the Disney film ever did. I am not a fan of the environment message in the film, and not because of the message itself, but of how it was expressed. Now, that does not mean Avatar is original of course nor does it mean that it's similarities are to the Disney version of Pocahontas. I admit I should have been more specific and just said it was similar to Pocahontas in general. What I meant by the comparison was that Avatar is not original. Avatar is a creative film, no doubt about that, but it is not original. However, Disney's Pocahontas (and most of their other films) are not original either. In fact the Disney films are less original for obvious reasons. Neither of mentioned films are original. But I will certainly say that Avatar is more creative than Disney's Pocahontas for reasons already mentioned. Now, coming up with an original idea is borderline impossible nowadays so I am not criticizing Avatar for not being original. And you're right about how it's better to base a story on a real time period than to rewrite something historical in order to appeal to Disney's young target audience. And furthermore I am not the only one who has compared Avatar to Pocahontas, Disney or otherwise. I don't dislike Avatar. I mentioned that I think its overrated but I certainly do not dislike it. I like making fun of it, yet, believe it or not I make fun of stuff I like too. I guess you could say I am neutral on it. You're definitely right about Disney's Pocahontas being nothing more than a "tepid piece of historical revisionism." So don't get the wrong idea and think that I think that Disney's Pocahontas is an original film because I certainly don't think that it is an original film.