On top of missing the theatrical movie-going experience altogether over the past year, it’s been a bummer to miss out on Disney’s tradition of including animated short films before their big screen releases. Thankfully, the short film attached to the theatrical release of Raya and the Last Dragon is coming home with the movie’s digital release today.
Us Again is written and directed by Zach Parrish, who served as head of animation on Big Hero 6 and will be at the helm of an animated Short Circuit movie at Disney. The film follows an elderly couple as they joyously rekindle their youth through the magic of dancing, and a little Us Again clip gives us a taste of the fancy footwork that will take us through the city. Read More »
Raya and the Last Dragon premiered in theaters and on Disney+ in early March with a Premier Access fee — an extra $30 for those already subscribed to the Disney streaming service. But after a month of being available only in theaters and in Premier Access, Raya and the Last Dragon is coming to home video. The Disney fantasy epic releases to Digital today, and /Film is debuting an exclusive deleted scene from its bonus features. Watch the Raya and the Last Dragon deleted scene below.
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Godzilla vs. Kong doesn’t hit theaters (and HBO Max) until tomorrow, but the massive monster mash-up has already taken the international box office by storm. Overseas, the blockbuster battle opened up in 38 markets, raking in over $121.8 million, which is enough to set the record for biggest global box office debut during the coronavirus pandemic. However, that doesn’t mean the film’s debut in the United States will have nearly as big of a reception. Read More »
Disney movies always bring some kind of important lesson for children to learn. Whether it’s venturing our of your comfort zone, remembering where you came from, believing in yourself, or following your heart, Disney movies serve as a moral compass for children looking for guidance. Raya and the Last Dragon is no exception, but as the Honest Trailer points out, the lesson turns out to be a little counterintuitive based on what happens on several occasions as the adventure unfolds.
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Raya and the Last Dragon lead last weekend’s box office for the second time in a row following the Disney animated epic’s debut in both theaters and HBO Max on March 5. In fact, both the top two films playing in theaters, Raya and the Last Dragon and Tom & Jerry, are available both in theaters and home viewing. But as a sign that we’re still a long way from getting back to “normal,” both films accounted for nearly half of the box office gains this past weekend.
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Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon is currently in theaters and available for an extra price on Disney+. But soon it’ll be even more readily available – via an upcoming digital and Blu-ray release. The animated fantasy-adventure film is headed to all major digital platforms in April before it makes its way to 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD in May. Get the full details and see the special features below.
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Raya and the Last Dragon, the latest movie from Walt Disney Animation, pulled in $8.6 million at the domestic box office. Let’s put that in context and take a look at how the other theatrical offerings fared this past weekend.
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Raya and the Last Dragon, the latest animated entry from Walt Disney Animation Studios, hits theaters and Disney+ with Premier Access this Friday, which means it’s time for a fun little behind-the-scenes look at the flick. The video below features Kelly Marie Tran, who voices the eponymous character, showing off the makeshift recording studio she set up at home to record her lines. It’s not exactly the most in-depth behind-the-scenes video, but it’s pretty darn charming.
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Kelly Marie Tran unsurprisingly sees a lot of herself in Raya, the newest Disney Princess and the tough heroine of the upcoming fantasy epic Raya and the Last Dragon. Not just because the lone warrior’s honeyed skin and Southeast Asian-inspired garb indicates a shared ethnicity with the Vietnamese-American actress, but because Tran “imbued a lot of myself and my past experiences in specific scenes.”
“I think if I leave a project and I’ve done it the right way, I won’t be able to see where I end and where Raya begins, and vice versa,” Tran told /Film in a Zoom interview ahead of Raya and the Last Dragon‘s release in theaters and on Disney+ Premier.
Playing Raya may have seemed like fate for Tran, but she came about to the role in an unusual way — replacing original voice actress Cassie Steele — and performed the voice for the film in an even more unusual way, forced to turn her house into a makeshift recording studio amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. But it was the only way it could have turned out for Tran, who described the fateful day in January 2020 that she walked into a recording booth to try her hand at voicing Disney’s first Southeast Asian Princess. “I walked into that room, and it really felt like — this is gonna sound crazy — but it really felt like someone was looking out for me,” Tran said.
Read our full Kelly Marie Tran interview below, in which the actress talks about improvising her lines, father-daughter dynamics, and how she hopes Raya and the Last Dragon can open the door for more Southeast Asian representation.
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“Your favorite Disney Princess is Mulan, right?” is a question I’ve heard, and somewhat resented, many times over the years. Of course she would have to be my favorite; for decades Mulan was the only Asian face in Disney’s overwhelmingly white line-up of fairy-tale mascots, and Asian-Americans were starved for onscreen representation as it is (for the record, my favorite is Belle). I would admit to dressing up as the Chinese warrior for Halloween, and I will admit to being more than a little excited when I heard Disney was making a Southeast Asian-inspired Disney movie, featuring the company’s first-ever Southeast Asian Disney Princess. How long we’ve waited for this moment, to finally be shown in our brown-skinned glory, instead of faceless victims of the dozens of grimy jungle wars.
I start off this review by mentioning Raya and the Last Dragon‘s bid for diversity because that’s the big selling point for this fantasy epic. It’s the movie that features Disney’s first Southeast Asian princess, played by effervescent Vietnamese-American actress Kelly Marie Tran, whose creative team went above and beyond to accurately represent the region in the food, the architecture, the character design, down to every little tiny detail. The devil may be in the details, but is the Disney magic? Well, yes and no.
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