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My kids and I saw Raya And The Last Dragon in the theater on opening weekend. It is the first movie we’ve watched in an actual movie theater since the pandemic started, and I’m happy to report it was a great choice for our first time back in the theater! Of course, now that it is available to own, we had to have it!
Raya And The Last Dragon Synopsis
Long ago, in the fantasy 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, 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. From directors Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, co-directors Paul Briggs and John Ripa, producers Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho, the film features the voices of Kelly Marie Tran as Raya and Awkwafina as Sisu.
Raya And The Last Dragon Movie Review
Both of my youngest two kids (5 and 7) said it is their new favorite movie. I asked my 7 yr old daughter, “even better than Frozen?” “Yes!” she told me, “even better than Frozen!” So there you have it. The kids love it.
I thought it was a great movie as well. It isn’t a movie that you find yourself forced to sit through, but it is one that you actually enjoy watching, especially since we do end up watching movies like this on repeat. And I’ve had to listen to my 5 yr old son constantly tell me, “Mom, we CAN have Kumandra again.” IYKYK – LOL!
Is the movie appropriate for young audiences? The short answer is, yes. There is a lot of action in this movie, but none of it is so over the top that a young child couldn’t watch the movie. The dialogue is great, there is humor, there is fun, and there is, of course, a moral to the story.
Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD
The Digital release of Raya And The Last Dragon is available now, and you can snag a disc version as of May 18th! Along with the great movie itself, the at-home release will include a ton of bonuses!
- An Introduction to “Us Again”– Director Zach Parrish takes you behind the scenes of the Walt Disney Animation Studios short.
- “Us Again”– An elderly man and his young-at-heart wife rekindle their passion for life on one magical night.
- Taste of Raya – Dine along with Kelly Marie Tran and the film’s creative team–virtually–over a Southeast Asian menu inspired by the countries that influenced the film as they discuss their experiences creating the world of Kumandra.
- Raya: Bringing it Home – When the global pandemic of 2020 hit, production of “Raya and the Last Dragon” moved to the houses of over 450 people. We open a window into their lives and learn how they overcame massive obstacles to make an animated feature from home.
- Martial Artists – Get a kick out of learning about the martial art forms and weapons used in the film as co-screenwriter Qui Nguyen and visual anthropologist Dr. S. Steve Arounsack share the inspiration behind the film’s action-packed elements.
- We are Kumandra – Meet members of the Southeast Asia Story Trust and discover the cultural influences that inspired the film…and how important this representation in a Disney animated film is to the people of the region.
- Outtakes – Step into the homes and behind the mics of the cast of “Raya and the Last Dragon” as they experience voice-over sessions in closets and shaky internet connections, which made recording this film unlike any other.
- Fun Facts & Easter Eggs – Take a look at some of the hidden surprises and behind-the-scenes secrets of “Raya and the Last Dragon.”
- The Story Behind the Storyboard with John Ripa – Co-Director John Ripa invites you to get an inside look at his thought process as he pitches a storyboard sequence from the film and talks about his amazing career with Disney Animation.
- Deleted Scenes:
- Introduction – Head of Story Fawn Veerasunthorn introduces deleted scenes from “Raya and the Last Dragon.”
- The Bridge – Raya confronts an early version of the Druun in this deleted storyboard sequence.
- Escaping Namaari – See an early version sequence of an introduction to Namaari as an adult.
- Dragon Blade – Discover an early version of Raya’s sword, when it used to have magical powers.
- Meet Boun – Meet an early version of Boun before he was a chef and shrimp boat captain.
- The Heart of the Dragon – Co-Director John Ripa introduces a deleted scene that brought the theme of hope into the film.
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