D23 Expo: Disney finally unveils ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

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During the D23 Studio presentation, Walt Disney Animation Studio finally revealed their next film after Frozen II. That movie is Raya and the Last Dragon. The film will combine two of her favorite genres as a kid: Hong Kong action cinema and Disney animation. Also, the filmmakers went to a variety of Southeast Asian countries to research the look and feel of Raya.

Raya will take place in the mythical land of Kumandra. The land has five distinct clans and altogether they make up the Land of the Dragon. Unfortunately, dragons are a thing of the past and the land is dying. To save the world, Raya must find the last dragon in existence. Unfortunately, there’s just one tiny teeny problem with Sisu. She’s not a dragon but a human instead. Now, Raya must team up with a misfit band from the five clans and go on a journey to turn Sisu back into her original form.

Raya and the Last Dragon - Concept Art

Raya will be voiced by Cassie Steele (Degrassi: The Next Generation) and Sisu, the last dragon will be voiced by Awkwafina (The Farewell). Thankfully, they had footage to show during the presentation as well. The environments and rain are incredibly realistic. Raya is in the jungle and walking towards a large cliff where the waterfall goes upward. “Our world was created by dragons,” a narrator said. “Before they left they had a gift for the people. A powerful but dangerous gift.”

Our heroine is walking through a dark tunnel looking for the powerful gift. “One that can save a dying kingdom… or bring it to an end,” the narrator continues. “The question is what would we find? Hope or destruction…” Raya turns around and starts looking at the kid behind her. It turns out that the narrator is the kid after all. “The narrating and flute was fun for a minute,” Raya says. A large wind blows through the cave and a white dragon blows out Raya’s torch.

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Raya and the Last Dragon hits theaters on November 25, 2020.

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