We’re just under two weeks away from the release of Walt Disney Animation’s much-anticipated martial-arts fantasy film, Raya and the Last Dragon, and now audiences can take a peek inside the action in a brand new featurette.
Watch the full behind-the-scenes featurette below:
Featuring interviews with lead stars Kelly Marie Tran as Raya, a young warrior charted to save her world, and Awkwafina as Sisu, a goofy and precocious young water dragon, these two actresses revel in the fun that they had making this film and how they were able to bring a strong sense of South-East Asian culture into the film.
“It is so exciting to be the first South-East Asian Disney princess,” said Tran. “It’s a big deal. Raya is one of the fiercest characters.”
“The animation in this movie is on a totally different level. And it’s amazing,” said Awkwafina. “When you think that this movie was animated from home.”
And that is another big part of Raya and the Last Dragon that makes this movie so unique is that it was a film whose production was undertaken and delivered through the COVID-19 pandemic and lead to a very unique production schedule.
“We were animating, lighting, having story meetings. All of that was done from everyone’s homes with dogs and cats and babies.”
Raya and the Last Dragon co-director Don Hall also elaborated on the unique making of Raya and put it all down to the commitment and passion of his team. “It could only have happened because everybody is passionate about the film’s we make and they brought that. I mean the movie is I think one of our most beautiful films.”
Alongside a unique production, Raya and the Last Dragon is also cemented in South East Asian culture and heritage and this influenced everything from the film’s narrative to its art direction, design and animation.
Martial arts fans will also be extremely excited about the action that awaits in the film which draws from various combat styles from the region including Muay Thai kickboxing and Filipino Eskrima and Kali. This incorporation of martial arts systems that are unique to the South-East Asian region gives the film it’s own unique energy and flavour and will really amp up the visual experience on screen.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Long ago, in the world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, and her pet pill bug companion Tuk Tuk, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than dragon magic to save the world—it’s going to take trust as well.
Get ready for a fantastical ride when Raya and the Last Dragon arrives in theatres and on Disney+ on May 4.
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