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Disney Drops ‘Crafting Raya’ Featurette

Go behind-the-scenes of the making of the highly anticipated new animated adventure, ‘Raya and the Last Dragon,’ about a lone warrior who must track down the legendary last dragon to save her world; film releases March 5, 2021 simultaneously in theatres and on Disney+.

Disney has just released a new featurette for their highly anticipated new CG animated feature, Raya and the Last Dragon, which gives audiences a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

In Crafting Raya, join stars Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, and filmmakers to find out what inspired the story, characters, and martial arts in the film, and how the action adventure was painstakingly crafted by talented artists all working safely and remotely from home.  

The film takes audiences on an exciting journey to the fantasy world of Kumandra, where humans and dragons long ago lived together in harmony. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity.

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 fractured land and its divided people. However, along her journey, she will learn that it will take more than a dragon to save the world—it is going to take trust and teamwork as well. 

The voice cast features Tran as the intrepid warrior Raya; Awkwafina as the legendary dragon, Sisu; Gemma Chan as Raya’s nemesis, Namaari; Daniel Dae Kim as Raya’s visionary father, Benja; Sandra Oh as Namaari’s powerful mother, Virana; Benedict Wong as Tong, a formidable giant; Izaac Wang as Boun, a 10-year-old entrepreneur; Thalia Tran as the mischievous toddler Little Noi; Alan Tudyk as Tuk Tuk, Raya’s best friend and trusty steed; Lucille Soong as Dang Hu, the leader of the land of Talon; Patti Harrison as the chief of the Tail land; and Ross Butler as chief of the Spine land.

Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada are directing, with Paul Briggs and John Ripa co-directing. Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho are the producers, and Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim are the writers on the project.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Raya and the Last Dragon will be available on Disney+ with Premier Access in most Disney+ markets, at the same time as it is released in theatres on March 5, 2021.

Advance theatre tickets for select theatres are now on sale here.

You can pre-order Raya and the Last Dragon Premier Access on Disney+ for $29.99 here.

Source: Walt Disney Studios

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