Raya and the Last Dragon

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

Raya and the Last Dragon (2020 Disney Movie)

“Raya and the Last Dragon” is a computer-animated fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released in 2021. The film is directed by Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada and features an ensemble voice cast led by Kelly Marie Tran as Raya and Awkwafina as Sisu the dragon.

The story is set in the fictional land of Kumandra, a realm inspired by Southeast Asian cultures. The once prosperous kingdom of Kumandra is divided into five tribes, each guarding a mystical dragon gem that grants power and protection. However, an ancient conflict over the gems causes them to be scattered, and an evil force known as the Druun emerges, turning people to stone.

Raya, a brave and skilled warrior from the Heart tribe, sets out on a journey to find the last dragon, Sisu, who is said to have the power to defeat the Druun and restore Kumandra to its former glory. Along the way, Raya encounters various challenges and forms an unlikely friendship with Sisu, who is initially a water dragon but can transform into a human-like form.

Together, Raya and Sisu face dangers and betrayals as they seek to unite the tribes and bring peace to the land. The film explores themes of trust, unity, and the importance of overcoming differences to stand together against adversity.

“Raya and the Last Dragon” received critical acclaim for its stunning animation, compelling characters, and powerful storytelling. It was praised for its representation of Southeast Asian cultures and for featuring a strong, independent female protagonist.

The film also received praise for its themes of trust and unity, which resonate with audiences, especially during times of global challenges. Additionally, the voice performances of Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina were widely praised for bringing depth and humor to their characters.

“Raya and the Last Dragon” was released in both theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access, allowing subscribers to watch the film at home for an additional fee. It marked Disney Animation’s first foray into releasing a major film simultaneously in theaters and on a streaming platform.

The movie’s success further solidified Disney’s reputation for creating compelling animated films with diverse characters and resonant storytelling. “Raya and the Last Dragon” has become a favorite among audiences of all ages and showcases Disney’s commitment to telling stories that celebrate culture, courage, and unity.

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  • Directors: Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins
  • Producer: Osnat Shurer
  • Writer: Adele Lim

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