Raya and the Last Dragon takes us on an exciting, epic journey to the fantasy world of Kumandra, where humans and dragons lived together long ago in harmony. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than a dragon to save the world—it’s going to take trust and teamwork as well.
The film features the voice talents of Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Sandra Oh, Benedict Wong, Izaac Wang, Thalia Tran, Alan Tudyk, Lucille Soong, Patti Harrison, and Ross Butler. (synopsis courtesy Flickering Myth)
What do we need in the middle of a pandemic? (Apart from, of course, a smart vaccine rollout and some semblance of life returning to normal.)
We need action-filled animated escapism which is exactly what Disney is delivering with Raya and the Last Dragon which promises extravagantly beautiful animation, pedal to the metal, engaging characters and a cheeky sense of humour.
It also has a timely message about unity and a common purpose which is also in need in our fractured world but never more so that at the moment when selfishness still seems to be playing too pronounced a part in efforts to beat the pandemic and face up to prevailing issues like climate change.
Raya and the Last Dragon releases in cinemas on 4 March in Australia and 5 March in USA plus on Disney + Premiere Access on 5 March.