New movie [Raya and the Last Dragon]
Raya and the Last Dragon is a 2021 American computer-animated action film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Animation Studios, and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The 59th film produced by the studio. Raya and the Last Dragon Blending imagery and mythology from several Southeast Asian cultures into its own vision, it’s an ambitious family film that will work for all ages, and one that never talks down to its audience while presenting them with an entertaining, thought-provoking story. It also contains some of the most striking imagery Disney has ever produced dropping its characters in a world that feels both classic and new at the same time. Raya will be in theaters and on Disney+ on March 5, but you have to pay a premium fee to watch it on the streaming service.
Raya and the Last Dragon were originally scheduled to be released in the United States on November 25, 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film’s release was delayed to March 12, 2021. On December 10, 2020, as part of Disney’s Investor Day presentation, it was announced that the film’s theatrical release date was pushed up by a week to March 5, 2021; along with the film being simultaneously released on Disney+ with Premier Access the same day. Raya and the Last Dragon will be available for purchase through Premier Access until May 4, 2021, and will be made available for free to all subscribers on June 4. In theaters, the film was accompanied by a new short film, Us Again.
As of March 12, 2021, Raya and the Last Dragon have grossed $9.9 million in the United States and Canada, and $18.4 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $28.3 million. Raya and the Last Dragon directed by Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, co-directed by Paul Briggs and John Ripa produced by Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho, written by Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim, and music composed by James Newton Howard. The film features a predominantly Asian American cast, including the voices of Kelly Marie Tran as the titular Raya and Awkwafina as Sisu, the titular dragon, along with Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Sandra Oh, Thalia Tran, Lucille Soong, and Alan Tudyk.
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. Kumandra is a prosperous land rampaged by the Druun, evil spirits that petrify people and multiply after absorbing their life force. The dragons of Kumandra used their remaining magic to create an orb to ward off the Druun and revive everyone, but end up turning to stone them. A power struggle for the orb divides the Kumandra people into tribes.
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. Chief Benja of the Heart tribe has been training his daughter Raya to guard the orb while firmly believing that the tribes will be united once again. During a feast among the five tribes, Raya befriends the daughter of Chief Virana of the Fang tribe, Namaari, and shows her the location of the orb. When the Fang Tribe makes an attempt to steal it, a fight breaks out among the tribes, resulting in the orb’s destruction. The Druun suddenly reappear as each of the tribes steal a piece, with Benja among the casualties.
A dragon said to have created the orb and the only surviving member of her species, to help her recover the missing orb pieces. So next six years Raya attempts to find Sisu. While in the Tail Tribe’s former territory, she finally manages to summon Sisu, who admits that she did not create the orb but can use its powers. They recover the second piece in a ruined Tail temple, granting Sisu shapeshifting powers.
Raya & Sisu arrive at Talon to claim the third orb piece, during which Raya encounters “con baby” Little Noi and her trio of monkey-like companions, the Ongis, who adopted her after the Druun killed her mother. After a chase, Raya takes her in, while Sisu goes into town and encounters Talon’s chieftess, who threatens her. Raya rescues Sisu and reclaims the third piece, which allows Sisu to spew out fog.
The group arrives Spine. where Raya and Sisu meet Tong, a fearsome warrior and the village’s sole survivor. The rest of the group catches up to warn them of Namaari’s arrival. Raya holds her off in a fight while the others escape, with Sisu assisting her. Back at the boat, Raya tells the truth about Sisu to her party and they agree to work together, with Tong handing Spine’s orb piece to Sisu, giving her the power over rain.
As they get closer to Fang, Sisu suggests asking for the final piece rather than stealing it. When Raya refuses, Sisu takes her back to the remains of the Heart and tells of how she was trusted by her siblings to save Kumandra. Raya and Sisu meet privately with Namaari, but upon seeing the orb pieces, Namaari threatens them. Sisu tries to talk her down, but gets unintentionally shot by Namaari and falls into a river, which begins to dry up.
Fang is attacked by the Druun, as Raya enters to confront Namaari, who is mourning the loss of her mother. The two fight while Raya’s companions rescue the people from the Druun. Raya prepares to kill Namaari, but after seeing her remorse, they run to help her friends instead. As the Druun advance toward Raya’s group, Raya tells them that they need to reassemble the orb, but her friends refuse to forgive Namaari. To show her faith, Raya gives Namaari her piece and allows the Druun to take her. The rest follow suit, with Namaari fixing the orb before the Druun take her. With the orb reassembled, the Druun are vanquished and everyone is brought back to life, including Sisu and the other dragons.Everyone is now able to reunite with their lost loved ones, including Raya and her father. The dragons and the tribes gather at Heart to celebrate and join together to form Kumandra once again