Raya and The Last Dragon Unites. That has to be my biggest takeaway from the press conference with cast and filmmakers. I already gave you 6 amazing reasons to be excited for Raya and the Last Dragon. But, this interview drives them harder. Additionally, we get so much more about the creation, care and passion to bring to life this beautiful epic story.
Raya and The Last Dragon Press Conference
So, Raya unites. This resonates and rings loud and clear to me after talking with:
- Kelly Marie Tran (voice of “Raya”)
- Awkwafina (voice of “Sisu”)
- Daniel Dae Kim (voice of “Chief Benja”)
- Sandra Oh (voice of “Virana”)
- Gemma Chan (voice of “Namaari”)
- Benedict Wong (voice of “Tong”)
- Izaac Wang (voice of “Boun”)
- Thalia Tran (voice of “Little Noi”)
- Don Hall (Director)
- Carlos Lopez Estrada (Director)
- Osnat Shurer (Producer)
- Qui Nguyen (Writer)
- Adele Lim (Writer)
I can’t get over how cool Benedict Wong is as he spoke to us in his Tsong attire and Izaac Wong with his paw bieng!
Raya and The Last Dragon Unites
If anything else, Raya and The Last Dragon Unites. Beyond the love for animated films or Disney. That is, because within its fantastic messages, as the story unfolds we discover reasons to stop division.
I think we can appreciate it best as Gemma Chan, shared in the interview “I just love the fact that they have this kind of love/hate dynamic. But at their core, they have so much in common. I love the fact that Namaari has this real kind of quite aggressive exterior, but underneath it all, she’s got this huge heart, and she has this real love for dragons that’s been there since childhood. I love that first-that first scene where she locks eyes with Sisu, and kind of everything just falls away. It’s as if she’s become a child again. I love that, and that was kind of my way into her, really. We’ve all had those people in our lives that we have a love-hate relationship with, and I think it is such a fine line. I love the fact that Namaari and Raya have had that connection since childhood. And they’re rivals but they also have a lot in common”.
But from the onset, this story talks about the need for unity. Which is precisely what brings further division before all cn come back together again.
This film also unites as it delivers a powerful message of trust
Sandra Oh shared “I was extremely moved by the message of this film because I find myself struggling to trust. Art is here to pose questions and to suggest possibility.”
The cutest expression of trust was Benedict Wong’s song. After watching Raya and the last Dragon together, his son gave him a big hug and told him that he trusts him. “We need to unite. Our kids see-through color. We are living through the remnants of hate. Hopefully, our beautiful film shows that love can lead the way.” What a beautiful sentiment!
Raya and The Last Dragon Is Everything
Raya is rich with important and powerful messages. So much so, that it means different things to everyone who worked on it as you see in the interview. Hope is a powerful thing. Is we have one ounce of the hope and passion poured into the making of Raya and the Last Dragon, I say the future is bright. Let’s build those bridges! Tomorrow my Raya and the Last Dragon Movie Review will be live for you, and I will tell you more about why this movie is everything!
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.