It fits in with the whole "We want this to be a serious film" tone. We have weak comic relief of the Racoon, humming bird, and pug dog. That was it. There was literally nothing for those Disney movie fans that live for Genie, Timon and Pumbaa, Iago, Sebastian the crab, or Cogsworth. I hate to be the guy that watches these films for the kid appeal, celebrity voiced sidekicks, but I am.And yeah even as a kid I thought it was odd that Pocahontas didn't have a goofy, talking sidekick.