Released on March 5, 2021, Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon is a film of many firsts. Raya is Disney’s first Southeast Asian princess. Raya is voiced by Kelly Marie Tran, the first Southeast Asian actor to lead a Disney animated feature

And the film features Patti Harrison, the first known trans voice actor in the history of Disney animation.

Raya and the Last Dragon poster. Raya and the Last Dragon is available to stream on Disney+ and to purchase on other sites.
Mild spoilers of the plot ahead!

Apart from these aforementioned firsts, Raya and the Last Dragon is also groundbreaking in being a Disney movie that has no villains. 

Instead of a villain, the film features nuanced, humanized antagonists who are desperate leaders trying to protect their people. In Kumandra, a Southeast Asian fantasy world where shadowy monsters called the Druun turn people into stone, both Raya and her enemies must learn that the only way to survive is to come together.

Raya’s world is littered with bodies turned to stone. Every character Raya meets has lost a family member to the Druun. Image courtesy of Daily Express.



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