Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” Revealed

Disneys Raya And The Last Dragon Revealed

The Walt Disney Studios panel at D23 closed out with the Walt Disney Animation section which kicked off with the announcement of “Raya and the Last Dragon” for a Thanksgiving 2020 release.

Adele Lim (“Crazy Rich Asians”) is penning the southeast Asia-inspired fantasy adventure which will use themes and design from the region with the filmmakers trying to infuse the work with cultural authenticity. Paul Briggs & Dean Wellins will direct.

The story is said to be a blend of classic Disney and kung-fu movies and is set in a mysterious land called Kumandra. The region is split into five sections, and Raya is a warrior on the search for the last dragon to save everyone.

Cassie Steele will play Raya while Awkwafina is voicing the dragon who is named Sisu, a magical water dragon who will initially appear as an older woman who needs Raya’s help to turn back into her blue, pink, and white creature form. The film’s theme is said to be about the importance of community.

The first footage from the project was shown to attendees with widespread raves about the animation which is said to have a photorealistic look aside from the characters themselves (more stylised).