Pocahontas was hardly a dismal failure financially, however: it made $346 million on a $55 million budget. Home on the Range had a budget of $110 million (somehow), but only made $103 million.
My point was to counter the idea that just because it's Disney doesn't mean people will pay to see it.>>88268542
It's not that Disney had no faith in the Lion King, so much as they expected it to basically be a reasonable hit, but for Pocahontas to be their major coup. Basically they expected it to do what Pocahontas did, while they expected Pocahontas to do what Lion King did (which, for the record, was $968 million on a $45 million budget).
Both movies were financially successful and Disney ended up in more-or-less the same place it expected to be either way, it just showed Disney that they had their expectations mixed up and they adjusted accordingly for their following films (Hunchback, Mulan, etc.)