raya and the last dragon fight scenes

Raya and the Last Dragon came out at a charged time. In March 2021, the anti-Asian violence instigated by the COVID-19 pandemic was reaching a new peak, just as Disney was releasing its first Southeast Asian-inspired animated film in theaters and on Disney+. Now, Raya and the Last Dragon‘s home video release on Blu-ray and DVD comes as the anti-Asian hate has far from diminished, and screenwriter Qui Nguyen is aware of both the pressure that puts on the animated film, as well as its perhaps naive message of trust.

“It’s one thing to say, ‘Hey, fix the world, all you have to do is trust each other,” Nguyen told /Film in an interview ahead of the film’s Blu-ray, 4K, and DVD release. “But with that said, I do feel particularly lucky that the one thing that we get to add to the conversation is a voice of hope, and a voice of what we hope that the world can do to make it a better place.”

But that didn’t stop the film from impressing even the most hardened Disney cynics, who praised the film’s stunning animation and thrilling fight scenes. /Film sat down with Nguyen as well as director Don Hall and screenwriter Adele Lim to talk about the timing of Raya and the Last Dragon‘s release, and how the intense fight scenes drew from Hong Kong action movies and Star Wars.

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raya and the last dragon trailer

Walt Disney Animation released a new Raya and the Last Dragon trailer during tonight’s Super Bowl, giving audiences another look at the studio’s newest animated fantasy adventure story. Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) stars as Raya, a lone warrior who goes on a quest to find a mythical dragon who will supposedly be able to reunite the lands, which have been at odds for years. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

raya and the last dragon screenwriter

When the rumblings for the project that would become Raya and the Last Dragon first began at Disney roughly five years ago, producer Osnat Shurer (Moana) was brought on board to spearhead the House of Mouse’s next animated epic. The general ideas were there: a fantasy world based around the Asian dragon, usually a symbol of water and harmony, and a “kick-ass warrior” to lead the adventure. And Shurer knew just who to call about these ideas: Crazy Rich Asians writer Adele Lim.

“When she called me, she was just like, ‘Asian, kick-ass warrior, dragon,'” Lim recalled to /Film in an interview during a Raya and the Last Dragon early press day. “I’m like, ‘done.'”

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raya and the last dragon women

The term “strong female character” is bandied about in Hollywood so much that it’s lost much of its meaning. It’s become a buzz word to describe physically strong and usually stoic female characters — not the emotionally nuanced and complex characters that should be the first thing to come to mind. But the largest flaw with the concept of the “strong female character” is usually that there’s only one of them in a major feature film, as if that’s enough to fill the quota. But Raya and the Last Dragon bucks that trend by giving you not just one “strong female character,” but three.

In Raya and the Last Dragon, Kelly-Marie Tran‘s titular lone warrior soon learns that she’s not alone, no matter how she would prefer to work. After gaining a new unlikely friend in Awkwafina‘s dragon Sisu, Raya quickly accumulates a group of allies — but you can’t have a team without a good enemy. That enemy is Namaari, voiced by Gemma Chan, a former friend turned foe who forms the third part of this all-female trio of lead characters.

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raya and the last dragon trust

Raya and the Last Dragon came together under unusual circumstances. Completed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the team of hundreds of animators, directors, writers, and actors had to work on the Disney fantasy-adventure epic from home and had to trust in one another — a bond that would spill over into the film itself. Raya and the Last Dragon is about “learning to trust” in others, directors Don Hall and Carlos Lopez Estrada said during the early press day for Raya and the Last Dragon. And that couldn’t be more fitting, considering the unusual way it (almost miraculously) came together.

Animators had to work on scenes while balancing pets and kids on their knees, voice actors had to install recording studios out of their closets, and the directors and writers had to gather this all together while building a rich, culturally-authentic world with the film’s team of consultants, including the Southeast Asia Story Trust.

“It’s a story about trust, and it’s a story about people doing what’s needed to come together,” producer Osnat Shurer said during the press day Q&A.

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crazy rich asians sequel

Crazy Rich Asians, last summer’s box office hit that marked a significant touchstone for Asian and Asian-American representation in Hollywood, is currently slated to have two sequels. But the first of those follow-ups will be moving forward without co-writer Adele Lim, who walked away from the sequel after realizing there was a huge pay disparity between Warner Bros.’ starting offers to her and co-writer Peter Chiarelli: WB offered Chiarelli $800,000 to $1 million, but only $110,000-plus for Lim.
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disney animation

Ralph Breaks the Internet and Frozen 2 are coming soon, but a new report has shed some light on a previously unannounced feature film that’s in the works at Walt Disney Animation. Adele Lim, one of the screenwriters of Warner Bros. hit film Crazy Rich Asians, has been hired to write a new fantasy adventure film which will serve as the feature directorial debut of Disney veterans Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins. Find out a little more about the new project below.
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crazy rich asians sequel

Crazy Rich Asians is getting a crazy fast sequel. Just a week after the groundbreaking Asian-led romantic-comedy opened in theaters, Warner Bros. is moving forward with a Crazy Rich Asians sequel with director Jon M. Chu and the first film’s writers on board to return.

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