Upon carefully rewatching Pocahontas, it has become clear to the movie experts here at Oh My Disney that Meeko is us in every way. All of his reactions to Pocahontas’s antics, his friend-dettas with Flit and Percy, and his overwhelming love of food–it’s like WE were written into the movie. Here, we’ll show you what we’re talking about…
Here is how we meet Meeko…
Yep, that’s us. And if you try to steal one of our snacks, that’s us too. It is at this point that the viewer knows that Meeko is them, they are Meeko, and we are all connected to each other in a circle, in a hoop that never ends.
Then, when Pocahontas does her signature graceful swan cliff-leap of beauty, Meeko of course says to himself “ME TOO!”
Which naturally leads Meeko to try and repurpose his buddy, Flit, as a mid-air escape hummingbird, because #science and whatnot. But we’d have done the same thing. Desperate times.
By the way, this is the best single frame in the entire movie, 9 out of 10 experts agree.
Meeko does what we all want to do. Tiny bird is full of water? We want to squish him.
Then, a little bit later when we hear that Pocahontas might have to marry Kocoum, Meeko makes a face that perfectly captures how our hearts feel.
Plus he makes fun of Kocoum, which restores balance to the world.
Meeko also shows how someone SHOULD feel in certain circumstances, as compared to Pocahontas who has no fear gene or something like that. For example, while navigating a treacherous river, Pocahontas is all smiles and optimism, while Meeko is appropriately nervous.
That’s right, Pocahontas, just around the riverbend there could be a waterfall–oh wait there is, that’s why Meeko went into scared hat mode.
But once he’s returned to the realm of safety, Meeko is a total ham. Check him out in the front of the canoe, living it up:
Then there’s Meeko on food, which is pretty much the same as us on food.
Meeko’s love of John Smith is totally food-based. That’s cool though, some relationships have been built on less.
His frenemy status with Percy is fairly food-based as well. Meeko isn’t that great at sharing, but we don’t know many raccoons (or humans) who are. Those cartoon cherries look yummy.
Meeko is also kind of a clutz, which is weird for such a spry woodland creature. But hey, we can relate.
And when stuff gets romantic, it’s like looking into a mirror because Meeko is just as awkward and amazed as we are. (We’re talking about kissing. The kiss between Pocahontas and John Smith. The forest kiss, that kiss.)
Like the average viewer, Meeko has been keeping up with all the extended metaphors that have been happening throughout, and shows up with John Smith’s compass at just the right moment to help Pocahontas find her path and such. That is one learned critter.