Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)

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Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together 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.

"Raya and the Last Dragon" is a 2021 animated movie produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The film is set in a world inspired by Southeast Asian cultures, and includes a mainly Asian voice cast. It tells a tale of unity, trust, and the strength of human spirit, brought to life through an engaging plot and enchanting animation.

Plot Summary
The film takes place in a land when joined, known as Kumandra, that splits into five different tribes over an effective dragon gem. Their unity was broken after they fought for control of the gem which draws in the monstrous Druun, turning individuals into stone. The dragons compromised themselves to develop the gem to fend off these beasts.

Raya, the princess of the heart tribe, is trained by her father to secure the dragon gem. When an attempt at reuniting the people backfires, the gem breaks, and the Druun return, petrifying most of the population including Raya's father. Raya embarks on a journey to discover the last dragon, Sisu, hoping that she can help repair the gem and conserve her father.

Raya, voiced by Kelly Marie Tran, is a strong and brave warrior with emotional depth, torn in between her duty and the weight of her father's dreams. Sisu, voiced by the AWkwafina, is the titular last dragon who brings humor and light-heartedness, yet possesses profound wisdom. Other remarkable characters consist of Raya's buddies, each from various people, who assist her in her mission.

"Raya and the Last Dragon" handle styles of unity, trust, and forgiveness. One essential lesson revolves around Raya discovering to trust others, regardless of her experiences. The main quest of the film stresses the significance of unity and collaborating to get rid of typical hazards. The film likewise explores the concept of forgiveness, specifically in Raya's relationship with Namaari, her competitor and a princess from an enemy tribe.

The movie received overwhelmingly positive evaluations, from critics and audiences alike. The animation was applauded for its stunning visuals, the composing for its psychological depth, and the voice cast for their convincing performances. The film's rich world-building was admired, as was its representation of Southeast Asian culture.

"Raya and The Last Dragon" is an entertaining, visually spectacular, and emotionally resonant movie. Its styles and characters offer valuable lessons about trust, unity, and the power of coming together. The movie commemorates variety and representation while providing a fascinating story, making it a substantial addition to Disney's animated catalogue. Integrating action, humor, and heart, "Raya and the Last Dragon" delights and influences, bring a universal message about unity and trust.

Top Cast

  • Kelly Marie Tran (small)
    Kelly Marie Tran
    Raya (voice)
  • Awkwafina (small)
    Sisu (voice)
  • Izaac Wang (small)
    Izaac Wang
    Boun (voice)
  • Gemma Chan (small)
    Gemma Chan
    Namaari (voice)
  • Daniel Dae Kim (small)
    Daniel Dae Kim
    Benja (voice)
  • Benedict Wong (small)
    Benedict Wong
    Tong (voice)
  • Jona Xiao (small)
    Jona Xiao
    Young Namaari (voice)
  • Sandra Oh (small)
    Sandra Oh
    Virana (voice)
  • Thalia Tran (small)
    Thalia Tran
    Little Noi (voice)
  • Lucille Soong (small)
    Lucille Soong
    Dang Hu (voice)
  • Alan Tudyk (small)
    Alan Tudyk
    Tuk Tuk (voice)