Past Disney movies have not been well received by the Indian Country. Pocahontas contained many historical inaccuracies and Peter Pan includes stereotypical portrayals of American Indians. With the upcoming Lone Range movie, Disney hoped to have the blessing of Indian Country.
Johnny Depp has been cast as the Native American partner Tonto in the movie. Disney had an outreach program during pre-production. During this time the film's producers sought involvement by Native American leaders in the development of the script. Depp was also adopted into the Comanche Nation by former tribal chairman Johnny Wauqua. Before filming in Monument Valley Disney had local Navajo elders hold a blessing ceremony. Native leader LaDonna Harris was invited on set during filming as well.
Now it is up to audiences to give the final seal of approval.
Will the movie and Depp get your approval?
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