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"Lon is a big, lovable, cowardly oaf who tries to be a hero. He tries to be a tough guy, but he's really a softy." -Joe Baker's comment on Lon.

Ben and Lon are two settlers and supporting characters in Disney's 1995 animated feature film, Pocahontas.

Background

Ben and Lon are two of the settlers that travel to the New World with the Virginia Company. The two appear to be close friends (despite Ben occasionally insulting Lon) and are usually seen together. Both are familiar with the reputation of John Smith and are fairly loyal to him. Ben has long black hair and a shaven face, while Lon has red hair and a beard and moustache.

Both are pleasant and cheerful men, although Lon is notably more enthusiastic and fun-loving and often tries to see things through rose-colored glasses, whereas Ben will not suffer fools gladly.

Lon also shows that he's somewhat insecure as he doesn't often speak in confidence, such as when he simply asks Ratcliffe how long they were going to keep digging, unlike Ben who confronts Ratcliffe momentarily to tell him that they're "slaving away" and not getting anywhere. Lon also demonstrates this when, after Ben kicks him for playing around and tells him to get back to work, Lon timidly says, "Come on, Ben. It's just a little fun."

Appearances

Pocahontas

Ben and Lon first appear as two of the crew members on the ship that is headed towards the New World. The two meet Thomas, a young man who wants to seek his fortune, and discuss the fact that the legendary John Smith would be on the voyage. Ben notes John's reputation for fighting savages; in his view, he cannot fight Indians without him which is proved when, after Lon asks John Smith "Are you coming on this voyage, too?" Ben replies, "'Course he is ya half witt, you can't fight Indians without John Smith."

During the voyage, Ben and Lon are seen tying off cannons during a storm. When Thomas falls overboard, Smith rescues him in a daring move. Ben openly calls Smith crazy, but he and Lon assist in the rescue by pulling Smith and Thomas back to the ship with a rope.

Back on the ship, Lon drapes a dry towel over Thomas, tells him he's a "lucky lad", gently pats Thomas' back, keeps his hand there, and he and Ben compliment Smith for his heroic act. Smith replies that they would surely do the same for him as he wrings out Thomas' hat and places it back on Thomas; Ben and Lon hesitate for a moment but quickly answer in the affirmative.

Ratcliffe appears asking if there's, "trouble on deck." Both Ben and Lon stay silent as John Smith explains that Thomas fell aboard. They then listen to Ratcliffe's speech. Afterwards, Lon helps John and Thomas put up a cannon while asking them if the savages would, "give us much trouble." Ben, in jest, takes a mop and the feather of a crewmate's hat replying, "Not as much trouble as Smith'll give them." Then impersonates the mop as an Indian as they begin The Virginia Company (Reprise). As Smith pretends to kill it, the head of the mop falls on Ben who doesn't bother to take it off as John Smith uncorks a barrel of wine and he fills a glass as they all sing together.

At the New World, Ben and Lon are the first settlers to go onshore along with Thomas and John. Lon, along with Thomas, is amazed by the New World, while Ben is happy just to get off the boat proven when he says "It can look like Ratcliffe's knickers for all I care. Just as long as we're off this stinking boat!" Onshore, Ben and Lon are tasked with digging for gold. When they fail to find anything, Ben and Lon begin to complain, with Ben becoming mildly confrontational. However, they are interrupted when Governor Ratcliffe's dog, Percy, discovers some Indians to which they mistakenly believe are ambushing them and rush to grab muskets and fight. Ratcliffe shoots an Indian named Namontack in the leg; Ben tries to kill the wounded Namontack with his gun, but is stopped from finishing the job by Kocoum who kicks Ben away.

A few days later, Thomas notes that Smith is acting differently and being unusually quiet. Lon attributes Smith's behavior to the fact that he missed the fight and was upset about it. While pulling up his pants, he points out that they can take care of the Indians just like they did the last time and picks up a pickaxe. Using it to impersonate a musket, he begins singing, "We shot ourselves an injun, or maybe two or three." while pretending to shoot. At this, Smith appears pained while Thomas seems to be the only one who finds the performance amusing. Ben, who is in a very bad mood, kicks Lon from behind and tells him, "Alright ya howlin' nutter, get to work." Lon complains to Ben that he was just trying to have fun. Ben sarcastically agrees, "Oh, sure! We're having loads of fun, right?" and goes on to say that they've been searching for gold for hours without any food while Ratcliffe is in his tent, "happy as a clam." Later, Ben and Lon are found napping when Ratcliffe startles them awake with, "You there! Where's Captain Smith?" Ben and Lon realize that he has disappeared, Ben telling Lon, "Aye, your singing must have scared him off." Ratcliffe replies, "Well then, go get him for heaven's sake!" Lon then asks, "What if we run into the Indians?" Ratcliffe, not even trying to hide his annoyance, tells him, "That's what guns are for. Now arm yourselves and get moving." Ben and Lon eventually arrive at the glade of Grandmother Willow who is helping to hide Smith, as well as Pocahontas. Lon tells Ben, "This place gives me the creeps. Savages could be hiding anywhere." Ben replies, "Aye, well, if you spot one, don't ask questions, just shoot." When they trip over Grandmother Willow's root that she lifted, Ben believes it was a result of Lon being clumsy and tells him, "Watch your feet ya big oaf!" Lon tells him that it wasn't him "it was the tree." Ben rolls his eyes and sarcastically tells him, "Oh, of course! The tree just felt like lifting its roots and-" but stops when they both see Grandmother Willow lower her root again. The two pause in stunned silence until Ben tells Lon, "Let's get out of here." Grandmother Willow then swats them from behind and the two quickly flee, with Ben insisting, "He's a big lad, he can take care of himself!"

When Smith returns to camp, Lon and Ben reveal that they were looking for him, but before Smith can answer them, Ratcliffe appears asking Smith about his whereabouts. John Smith gives the excuse that he was scouting the terrain. When Ratcliffe reveals that he plans to fight the Indians, Smith protests, much to the surprise of Ben and Lon. Smith reveals that he met an Indian (Pocahontas) and that the Indians weren't savages, "They can help us." Sharing that they knew the land and knew how to navigate the rivers. He takes out the ear of corn Pocahontas gave him telling them, "it's food." Lon asks John, "What is it?" To which John replies that it's better tasting than hard tack and gruel. Ratcliffe intervenes telling them that the Indians wanted to kill them and his suspicion that the Indians had all the gold they were searching for. John tells him that there is no gold in Virginia. When Ben and Lon hear that there is no gold, they start to question Ratcliffe as he taunts Smith asking, "And I suppose your little Indian friend told you this?" John answers in the affirmative to which Ratcliffe says it's all lies and the Indians were murderous and uncivilized. John tells him it's their land, to which Ratcliffe announces, "This is my land! I make the laws here. And I say, anyone who so much as looks at an Indian without killing him on sight will be tried for treason and hanged." Lon, along with the others grows fearful of Ratcliffe's threat while Ben holds his original position not demonstrating any fear.

Later, as Smith sneaks out of the camp, Ben and the other settlers are sitting around a campfire, discussing what Smith has said earlier. The former, still having some degree of loyalty to Ratcliffe, refuses to believe he would drag them across the ocean for nothing or that Kocoum's group attacked them for no reason (although it was because they attacked first, and the Indian warriors were only doing so in retaliation), but Lon, as well as some of the others, are beginning to suspect that Ratcliffe has misled them. Ben and Lon later hear Thomas calling for help, Lon tells Thomas to settle down and asks what's wrong. When Thomas tells them that John has been captured, Ben tells the others, "Thomas is right. We've got to do something." The other men agree as Ratcliffe comes out, takes advantage of the situation, and prepares for an all-out war against the Indians.

The next morning, Ben and Lon are among the soldiers preparing to fight. They are surprised when John is released thanks to Pocahontas. Though Ratcliffe wishes to start the war anyway, both Ben and Lon join Thomas in standing up to Ratcliffe starting with Ben who tells Ratcliffe, "They don't want to fight." When Ratcliffe tells them it's a trick, Lon joins them as they begin to suspect that John was right about him. They witness Ratcliffe (who was aiming for Chief Powhatan) shoot Smith, and believe that it was intentional, now realizing that Smith was right after all and they shouldn't have listened to Ratcliffe in the first place. He played them like puppets. They assist the other settlers in apprehending Ratcliffe Ben saying, "Smith was right all along." and Lon finishing his sentence with, "We never should've listened to you." Thomas then orders them and the rest to chain him up and gag him.

After this, Thomas is seen taking supplies to them. Ben asks Thomas if John will be okay, to which Thomas tells him, "Sooner he gets back to England, the better." Lon puts a hand on Thomas' shoulder and tells him, "Well, let's hope the wind is with him." Thomas then questions on the ship's readiness to sail back to England. Ben answers in the affirmative that it was almost ready, they just had to load "the last bit of cargo". He then smiles as the scene changes to show the men taking a chained and gagged Ratcliffe back to the ship.

At the end of the film, it is revealed that Lon plans to stay behind in Jamestown with Thomas to carry out the settlement, as he is heard wishing good luck to Smith, who must return to England for medical treatment. Presumably, Ben decides to return to London to get Smith to get cured, as he is seen rowing the wounded Smith back to the ship which leaves for London.

Neither Ben nor Lon are seen or mentioned in the sequel, Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World. Thus, it is unknown what happened to them. Presumably, Lon is still carrying out the settlement with Thomas possibly even able to build the blacksmith shop he wanted, while Ben is either still in London or has come back to Jamestown after John Smith was treated and both him and Lon are carrying out the settlement.

Video Games

Disney Animated Storybook: Pocahontas

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When the player is on the seventh page, if they scroll to the right, Ben and Lon can be found digging for gold. If the player clicks on them, they will start to dig. Ben will accidentally shovel dirt on Lon's head. Lon and Ben then turn to face each other. Lon shakes his fist at Ben while saying, "You watch where you're shoveling?" The two then turn back around and resume their original positions.


Disney Emoji Blitz

Both Ben and Lon are part of Ratcliffe's power-up, Ratcliffe's Men. When the power-up is activated, they, along with Thomas, will dig for special points.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeM6lu2ejC8

Pocahontas: Six New Adventures

Ben and Lon only appear in On The High Seas.

In the book, Lon starts out with John Smith, Thomas, and the cabin boy, Will, on the half deck playing his hornpipe. After Thomas begins his complaints on the state of the food, Lon pitches in that there were worms in the barley gruel, "I counted three different kinds this morning." As John tries to cheer them up by reminding them what a beautiful day it is, Ben wanders on to deck saying it's about time it was better weather, "It's been nothing but rain for the past eleven days. And it's so crowded below, there's no place to move around." After he says this, Ratcliffe comes up accompanied by Percy and Wiggins asking what all the talking is about. When Ratcliffe decides to have Thomas stand to the helm that night, Ben joins the others in trying to dissuade this decision asking Ratcliffe, "But, sir! You want Thomas to learn to man the tiller on the night watch?" But Ratcliffe is insistent. When Percy begins prancing past the settlers and he growls at both Ben and Thomas, Ben says under his breath, "Same to you, pup." When Ratcliffe asks in a snarly way if there's a problem, Ben catches himself and says no, "Forty-two days at sea and we're still happy as clams."

That night, during the storm, John takes Ben with him to the helm where they find Thomas struggling with it. Finally, when it becomes clear that Thomas can't keep it still, Ben takes over and relieves Thomas of it. Thomas thanks him as he angrily wonders why Ratcliffe has it in for him. Lon is later revealed to be hauling up the sails. To a nervous Thomas who was ordered by Ratcliffe to help furl them, he looks as though he's hanging on for dear life. After Thomas falls from the main mast and goes unconscious, Lon assists John in furling the mainsail.

The next morning, Ben is sitting next to Lon, who begins playing his hornpipe again, resting. While some of the other men are heating salt beef, Ben calls over to ask, "Think that meat's going to taste any better now?" One of the seamen, George Martin, replies saying, "At least it won't be full of worms." After Ratcliffe storms at Thomas, both Ben and Lon quickly notice Ratcliffe feeding Percy better food but are forced to look away after Ratcliffe angrily demands, "What is everyone staring at?" Once Ratcliffe leaves, Ben angrily takes a stale biscuit from his pocket and throws it down. As it shatters on the deck, he wonders, "Why should a dog be treated better than a man?" Lon sarcastically reminds Ben, "Because he's not just any dog, he's the governor's dog." Ben then disgustedly states that they'd be better off without both Ratcliffe and Percy. After Thomas asks Ben in shock, "Ben! How can you say that? Ratcliffe is the leader of this expedition." Lon reminds them that, "Things will be different in Virginia." stating to Thomas the fact that there won't be differences in rank, "Just because you're a farmer, Thomas, that won't make you less than a nobleman like Ratcliffe." Ben scoffs at this and tells Lon that's only a dream, "There'll always be men like Ratcliffe to push us around. We should take a stand." Thomas tries to remind Ben that, "Lon is right. Where we're going, there'll be a new way of life." When John comes on deck and sits down next to Thomas, Lon tells Thomas not to listen to Ben, "He doesn't know what he's talking about." But Thomas begins to wonder if they should as John gently puts a hand on his shoulder. Ben agrees as he slams his hand into his fist, "We've had enough of Ratcliffe's cruelty. It's time for a new leader." Lon replies by darkly whispering, "Mutiny." John tries to discourage this saying they're making a big mistake, but Ben keeps on saying, "No, I'm not. A new world call for a new leader. Why should we listen to him?"

That night, Ben and Lon are gathered in the hold with a few of the others they and Thomas managed to recruit for the planned mutiny. After Thomas reminds them that the meeting must be kept secret, "The punishment for mutiny is death." they begin discussing Ratcliffe's treatment of them. After discussion of Ratcliffe giving Percy and Wiggins better food, Ben concludes, "He's hoarding all the best food." Lon then adds, "And besides that, he knows nothing about sailing. He should never have stood Thomas at the helm." while another adds, "Or made him climb the mainmast." Ben follows with, "Right, I say it's time for us to choose a new leader." Lon adds, "I've been thinking about what Ben and Thomas said this morning. Ratcliffe has to go." When Wiggins crashes down into the hold, Ben is quick to accuse him of spying on them. When Wiggins escapes after it's revealed he was, everyone takes off after him. Finally, Ben and Thomas manage to catch Wiggins until Percy nips Thomas' hand again and he and Wiggins go in separate directions. Ben manages to catch Percy and instructs Lon, "Get Wiggins before he reaches Ratcliffe." Just as Wiggins is about to knock on Ratcliffe's door, Ben calls him, "Oh, Wig-gins," holds Percy over his head, "Missing someone?" When Ratcliffe comes to the door, Ben puts a hand over Percy's muzzle and hides him under his shirt.

When they manage to slip Ratcliffe's suspicion, Ben takes Percy back out demanding they make a deal to keep Wiggins from telling on them. Just as they're about to talk, John puts a hand on Ben's shoulder saying they all better talk. Ben tells John to stay out of it; but John puts out his hand demanding Ben give Percy over to him. Ben replies that he can't, when John asks why not, Ben tells him, "It's between me and Wiggins." Wiggins desperately tries to tell them that he won't say anything, "Cross my heart. Just don't do anything to Percy, please?" Ben says he doesn't believe him, "The minute I let him go, you're heading straight for Ratcliffe to tell him what you heard in the hold." As John begins trying to talk them out of it, Lon points out how, "Ratcliffe's been making our lives miserable for too long." John points out how, while that's true, they should think about what's ahead for them, "Lon, I thought you wanted to open a blacksmith shop. In England, you would never have been allowed to do that. Your family are all farmers." To which Lon replies that he hates farming, "I never did like cows." When Wiggins reminds how they'll be rich, Ben snorts back, "You're already rich enough, you and this fat pug live like princes while the rest of us starve." John tells him to forget about that for a minute and asks what Ben is hoping to find in the New World, to which Ben says gold and adventure. When John goes on, Ben says that he doesn't see how this pertained to their plans, "I still say we get rid of Ratcliffe." Lon agrees, "He's gone too far." Thomas then intervenes to say he thinks John has a point and goes on despite Ben telling Thomas, "Don't listen to him." When Thomas points out what wrong could go with a mutiny, Ben accuses Thomas of backing out. Thomas assures him that he's only thinking it over and, while he can't find it in himself to forgive Ratcliffe, he was willing to put it behind him. When asked by Thomas, Lon agrees to let it go, too, but Ben insists, "I don't like it. I still say we mutiny." John asks if anyone agrees and is met with silence. John sends them off to bed and gently takes Percy from Ben and gives him back to Wiggins.

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Trivia

  • Ben was originally supposed to be English, however, attempting a London accent hurt Billy Connolly's throat so the actor chose to use his native accent instead and Ben became Scottish.
  • Connolly's other Disney animated film character King Fergus in Pixar's 2012 film Brave is entirely Scottish.
  • Both Lon and Ben observe John Smith's execution with other English colonists in this animated film. In real life, there were no Englishmen observing the incident when Pocahontas rescued Smith. Smith was the only Englishman in Chief Powhatan's village.
  • While Ben is native Scottish, Lon on the other hand, is purely English.
  • In 1996, Billy Connolly went on to play the Narrator and Billy Bones in Muppet's Treasure Island.
  • It's possible that Ben was named for either Benjamin Best who was one of the actual Jamestown settlers or Ben Jonson who wrote Pocahontas' story in his comedy The Staple of News.
  • Despite being English, Lon's name is actually of Spanish Origin and means "noble, ready"; his full first name would've been Alonso. Because of that, it's possible that Lon was named for a Spanish conquistador.
  • After his part in Pocahontas, Mel Gibson invited Billy Connolly to play King Robert of Scotland in Braveheart the same year.
  • In 1994, Joe Baker played Barnard in Dumb and Dumber and Ben Weatherstaff in The Secret Garden.
  • On The High Seas reveals that Lon was once a farmer and plays the hornpipe.
  • On The High Seas also reveals that Ben didn't trust Ratcliffe as much as he appeared to in the film since he was first to suggest mutiny against him.
  • Lon was said to have made a cameo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame during the Topsy-Turvy number drinking beer.
  • In The Art of Pocahontas, lead animator, T. Daniel Hofstedt, claimed that Ben and Lon's personalities were based on the voices of their actors, Billy Connolly and Joe Baker.


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Media
Films: PocahontasPocahontas II: Journey to a New WorldVideo

Video games: PocahontasDisney Emoji Blitz
Music: Original SoundtrackSongs from Disney's Pocahontas II: Journey to a New WorldThe Legacy Collection
Books: Marvel ComicsDisney Princess Beginnings

Disney Parks
Castle of Magical DreamsDisney Animation BuildingIt's a Small WorldPocahontas Indian VillageSorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Entertainment: Disney's BelieveFantasmic!Feel the MagicFestival of Family & FriendsFollow Your DreamsHakuna Matata Time Dance PartyMickey and the Magical MapPocahontas and her Forest FriendsPocahontas SpectacularRivers of Light: We Are OneThe Forest of Enchantment: A Disney Musical AdventureThe Golden MickeysThe Spirit of Pocahontas
Parade: Disney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney Adventure Friends CavalcadeJubilation!Main Street Electrical Parade
Firework: Disney EnchantmentCelebrate! Tokyo DisneylandILLUMINATE! A Nighttime CelebrationMomentousTree of Life AwakensWorld of Color
Summer: Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise
Halloween: Are You Brave Enough?Frightfully Fun ParadeThe Disney Villains Halloween Showtime

Characters
Original: PocahontasJohn SmithGovernor RatcliffeThomasMeekoFlitPercyWigginsGrandmother WillowChief PowhatanNakomaKocoumKekataBen and Lon

Sequel: John RolfeKing JamesQueen AnneMrs. JenkinsUttamatomakkinJesters
Deleted: Redfeather

Songs
Original: The Virginia CompanySteady as the Beating DrumJust Around the RiverbendListen With Your HeartMine, Mine, MineColors of the WindSavagesIf I Never Knew You

Sequel: Where Do I Go from Here?What a Day in LondonWait 'Till He Sees YouThings Are Not What They AppearBetween Two Worlds
Deleted: Different DrummerFirst To DanceIn the Middle of the RiverDancing to the Wedding Drum

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