It seems that even the voice of Pocahontas herself cannot paint with all the colors of the wind. Actress Judy Kuhn, who sang Pocahontas’ songs in the character’s namesake Disney animated feature, recently sat down for an interview with Entertainment Weekly and came clean about certain lyrics in the movie.
Kuhn, 57, is currently starring in Broadway’s Fun Home, but still counts 1995’s Pocahontas as her most famous singing role to date. She lent her vocals to the Academy Award-winning “Colors of the Wind,” which famously had the Native American woman opening love interest John Smith’s eyes to the world around him.
Asked by EW whether she’s ever actually heard a wolf cry to the blue corn moon — as depicted in “Colors of the Wind” — Kuhn admitted that her experience with the subject is limited.
“Actually, I have no idea what a blue corn moon is,” she told the mag. “I have always hoped someone could explain it to me. That being said, I don’t believe I have ever heard a wolf cry. I do live in New York City where we now apparently have coyotes, but I have not heard of any wolf sightings. Yet.”
Kuhn went on to speak to the heron and the otter, two of the animals mentioned in her most famous song. After the first chorus, the star sang, “The rainstorm and the river are my brothers / The heron and the otter are my friends / And we are all connected to each other / In a circle, in a hoop that never ends.”
“I haven’t seen either of them in years, but I heard they had a falling out,” Kuhn joked to EW of the heron and otter. “Only a rumor of course, but I never understood that relationship. They just lead such different lives.”
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