Aloha my wonderful merfolk!
The process of creating a Disney movie includes a lot of materials both recorded and animated hitting the cutting room floor. Many songs get written both lyrically and musically but never see the public eye (or ear).
Pocahontas was not spared the cutting room when it came to the soundtrack.
If I Never Knew You is a love song sang by Pocahontas and John Smith during the time that the latter is awaiting his execution after being wrongly accused of killing Kocoum. Mel Gibson and Judy Kuhn recorded the song for the original release of the movie in 1995 but it was never included.
For the 10th anniversary in 2005, the song was fully animated and integrated into the film. It was an optional feature that you could choose not to watch if you simply wanted to watch the version of the movie you remembered.
The scene was seamlessly integrated into the movie so unless you had seen it without the love song, you wouldn’t have known it was never there to begin with.
This song is not my most favourite love song and I can sort of see why it was cut originally. I feel it’s a bit slow and doesn’t pack the punch a love song should. I do like the fact they animated it and included it as an extra for the 10th anniversary. It’s always nice to see scenes that were cut during the process of making the movie.
Do you like this song?
a mermaid be waiting for you, in mysterious fathoms below