Wow. Simply epic. I am so excited for all of your to watch the new Disney Raya And The Last Dragon animation movie. Of course, you want to know is Raya And The Last Dragon kid friendly? Will the kids like it? Is it good entertainment for adults? I got your answers covered with my parent guide and movie review
Is Raya and the Last Dragon Kid Friendly? A parental guide
I know we all have been excited for Raya And The Last Dragon for a while. I am giddy that you finally get to visit Kumandra! I believe everyone who watches Raya And The Last Dragon will be forever in awe, transformed and hopefully, more willing to walk in someone else’s shoes. Before you sit and watch with your family on March 5th when this amazing movie releases on Disney plus with premier access, let’s take a look at a few considerations:
There is action. Some of it has violence. Most of it is plain fun like ridding Tuk Tuk!
The Disney creator team put special attention to making sure the martial arts of the region are depicted accurately. So much so, that they did so looking at how women would do the movements. So yes, there is violence. There are lots of weapons, fight scenes and imagery of violence.Tribes want to have the opportunity to protect themselves and that ensues fighting. Martial arts weapons are drawn. We see Raya and Namaari forget each other fiercely.
None to report. Minor words like butt are said.
There are several intense moments to look out for. For your more sensitive kids be on the look out for Raya and her father’s separation. Kids could also worry about loneliness and false friends. Our new favorite protagonists are in peril at every turn. And, they face some dangerous situations. The Druun is scary and ghostly. It might make for nightmares. And, most everyone lost someone to the Druun, so it makes for very sad stories to hear.
Noi is a toddler with no family trying to survive. Instantly, it made me thing of a refugee camp. So yes, it pulls at your heart strings. Loss, and betrayal show their faces. Also, politics might go over kid’s heads when it is explained that Kumandra is now divided into the parts of the dragon. Reasons, such as apparent privilege might be the root of the divide as well. Since adults will understand this (and it is a family movie) the gown ups should head Chief Benja when he says “If we don’t stop and learn to trust one another again it’s only a matter of time before we tear each other apart.
The Bottom Line
This movie is intelligent and transforming. Perfect for both adults and kids alike. The relationship between Raya and her father Chief Benja is beautiful to watch. The kids will definitely be engaged and will enjoy the motley gang. Kids under 6 might scare and worry a bit more, It is a great movie for the entire family.
Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon Review
As a boy mom, I love that we can see girl power coming for different places and expressed in different ways. All three: Raya, Sisu and Namaari are strong women whose strength comes from different places. More importantly, they are true to who they are at heart every step of the way. Impressively, their femininity shines through a different light for each of them, proving that we can all shine in our own right. But, the well-rounded character traits are just the beginning of the incredible film that Disney Raya is:
A Cultural feat
As a Latina, I know the term Latina does not cover it and is an unfair way to lump us all. I bet it is the same way for Southeast Asians. Each country is a vastly rich culture. Naturally, as humans there are commonalities that hold tire globally. What is truly remarkable is how Disney Raya creators share with us an exquisitely RICH imaginary nation that represents Southeast Asia so beautifully. Every detail evokes and teaches in a fantastic immersion that definitively arises curiosity to learn more! I love how this alone helps us build bridges of tolerance and respect.
A New Disney Princess
The beauty of this princess is that we all can relate to her in one way or another. While I have not been out using martial arts to achieve my goals or defend my beliefs, I have been there. Raya has conviction, is driven and, she is, unbeknownst to her, powerful. t is not only Raya who is after making things right (albeit from another perspective). The icing on the cake is that a new princess means fabulous new characters to love ehem , Tuk Tuk.
Animation at its best
Just watch and tell me I am not right. Crips, colorful and filled with breathtaking scenery, I really wish I could visit Kumandra. Lucky for us, since it is inspired in Southeast Asia, I am already planning a trip to start discovering it in person when it is possible.
Besides what Raya personifies, we have Sisu. This Dragon underlines for me the heart of the movie: trust, hope and unity. More on this to come in my Raya And The Last Dragon Positive Messages article.
Check: Raya and the Last Dragon Kid Friendly. Decidely, the care with which creators bring Kumandra alive to represent Southeast Asia is a remarkable master stroke that inspires to keep curious and open minded to the world. Always. Yes, Raya and the Last Dragon has a special way of bringing us together. Additionally, Passion oozes at every frame of this movie. I had the pleasure of interviewing the cast and filmamers. I can tell you this film resonates in more than one way for everyone. And, it stays with us long after we watch it. The talent voicing the characters just take it to another level. Additionally, at is core we easily find teamwork, trust, and just as important, coming together with those with a different view than ours for the greater good.
About Raya And The Last Dragon
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Raya and the Last Dragon” travels to the fantasy world of Kumandra, where humans and dragons lived together long ago in harmony. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it’s 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’ll learn that it’ll take more than a dragon to save the world—it’s going to take trust and teamwork as well.
Remember, Disney’s Raya And The Last Dragon will be available on March 5th.
If you love animated short movies, you are in for a treat in theaters. Us Again is featured before Disney Raya.