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Disney – ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Featurette Highlights Southeast Asian Inspirations

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RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON - As an evil force threatens the kingdom of Kumandra, it is up to warrior Raya, and her trusty steed Tuk Tuk, to leave their Heart Lands home and track down the last dragon to help stop the villainous Druun. © 2020 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

We’re just a few weeks away from the release of Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon and Disney has released an exciting new behind-the-scenes featurette. “Crafting Raya” provides a glimpse into the making of the film, with commentary by Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Adele Lim, Qui Nguyen and more.

My favorite part was when Nguyen, who not only co-wrote the script but also served as one of the martial arts consultants, talks about how he incorporated Southeast Asian martial arts fighting and weapons into the action sequences of the film. The action we’ve seen so far is stellar and I can’t wait for more.

Check out the fantastic featurette and additional information below. Raya and the Last Dragon releases in select theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access on March 5th!

Crafting Raya Featurette

“CRAFTING RAYA” FEATURETTE NOW AVAILABLE 

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Raya and the Last Dragon”  Releases Simultaneously in Select Theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access on March 5, 2021

Check out “Crafting Raya,” a behind-the-scenes look at the making of  Disney’s stunning, epic fantasy-adventure “Raya and the Last Dragon.”  Join Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina and filmmakers to find out what inspired the story, characters and martial arts in the film, and how the film was crafted by extraordinary artists, talent and filmmakers all working from home. Feel free to share the featurette with your readers.

And don’t miss out on being among the first to see the movie! Advance theater tickets and Premier Access on Disney+ pre-orders for “Raya and the Last Dragon”  are available here:

Advance theater tickets for “Raya and the Last Dragon” in select theaters are now on sale at http://bit.ly/RayaTix

Pre-order “Raya and the Last Dragon” Premier Access on Disney+ for $29.99 at http://disneyplus.com/raya

“Raya and the Last Dragon” takes us on an exciting, epic journey to the fantasy world of Kumandra, where Raya, a lone warrior, must track down the legendary last dragon to stop an evil force that has returned after 500 years to once again threaten her homeworld. The film features an outstanding voice cast, including Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Jona Xiao, Sandra Oh, Thalia Tran, Lucille Soong, Alan Tudyk, Gordon Ip, Dichen Lachman,  Patti Harrison, Jon “Dumbfoundead” Park, Sung Kang,  Sierra Katow, Ross Butler, François Chau and Paul Yen. Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada are directing, with Paul Briggs and John Ripa co-directing. Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho are the producers, and Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim wrote the screenplay. 

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Raya and the Last Dragon’’ will be available on Disney+ with Premier Access in most Disney+ markets, at the same time as it is released in select theaters on March 5, 2021. 

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Ron is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of POC Culture.  He is a big believer in the power and impact of pop culture and the importance of representation in media.

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