Before Meeko the raccoon and Flit the hummingbird came along, Pocahontas told her troubles to a talking turkey named Redfeather. Redfeather was voiced by John Candy and was to have provided much of the film's comic relief.

John Candy's death in 1994 may not have helped matters, but much of Redfeather's dialogue had already been recorded prior to the comedian's untimely demise. What really spelled doom for Redfeather was the decision to rework 'Pocahontas' into a more dramatic film, with older lead characters, a serious romance and no talking animals.