CS Video: Raya and the last of the dragon filmmakers on Disney’s new animated adventure
ComingSoon.net had the opportunity to speak to the before the film was released this weekend Raya and the last dragon Filmmaker on Disney’s new animated adventure. Directors and co-writers Carlos López Estrada and Don Hall talk to co-writer Qui Nguyen about the idea of making an action-adventure fantasy film that is “inspired by the cultures of Southeast Asia” and why it is Opinions were that adding songs was “a little too much.” They also discuss the big issue of family in the film and how those bonds fuel Raya’s journey through the film, making the meaningful relationships in the story, and more.
The film is scheduled for release in theaters and on Disney + Premier Access this Friday, March 5th. You can now read our interview in the player below!
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Long ago, humans and dragons lived together in harmony in the fantasy world of Kumandra. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, the same evil has returned and it is up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the broken land and its divided people. On her journey, however, she will learn that it takes more than a dragon to save the world – it will also require trust and teamwork.
Raya and the last dragon is led by Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) as Raya, who will be the first Southeast Asian woman to direct a Disney animated film. Tran plays alongside Awkwafina (The good bye) who pronounces the dragon named Sisu.
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In addition to Tran and Awkwafina, Gemma Chan (Captain Marvel) as Raya’s archenemy Namaari; Daniel Dae Kim (Hell boy) as Raya’s visionary father Benja; Sandra Oh (Kill Eve) as Namaari’s mighty mother, Virana; Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange) as Tong, a formidable giant; Izaac Wang as Boun, a 10 year old entrepreneur; Thalia Tran as the mischievous toddler Little Noi; Alan Tudyk (Harley Quinn) as Tuk Tuk, Raya’s best friend and loyal steed; Lucille Soong (Degrees off the boat) as Dang Hu, the leader of the land of Talon; Patti Harrison (Shrill) as chief of the tail country; and Ross Butler (To all the boys: PS I still love you) as chief of the spinal land.
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Raya and the last dragon is co-ruled by Don Hall (Great Hero 6), Carlos López Estrada (Blind spotting), Paul Briggs (Zootopia) and John Ripa from a script by Adele Lim (Crazy rich Asians) and Qui Nguyen.