A gorgeously animated, beautifully told fantasy adventure from Disney, Raya And The Last Dragon is set in the mythical world of Kumandra. For centuries, humans and dragons lived there harmoniously, until evil smoke monsters named the Druun invaded the land and the dragons died out trying to save humanity.
Five hundred years later, Kumandra is divided into different lands mistrustful of each other, who all guard their own pieces of a magical stone and live in fear of the Druun. Young warrior Raya (Tran) decides the only way to save them all is to find the last surviving dragon, Sisu (Awkwafina), so she embarks on a journey to find her and bring together the pieces of the stone to defeat the monsters.
Her quest features an infectious blend of all the elements we love most about classic Disney movies – there are adorable creatures (including the furry bug Tuk Tuk that Raya rides through the lands and the slightly bizarre baby who is a con artist), stunning landscapes, an entertaining script, great vocal performances and just the right blend of peril, action, humour and plot.
Best of all, though, is the pairing of Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina as Raya and pastel-coloured dragon Sisu. They are an unmissable double act who are funny, warm and touching – and the lovely heart of this fast-paced, enjoyable action adventure that should enchant kids and adults alike.
Is Raya And The Last Dragon suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...
Very young children may find the Druun scary – they appear as purple clouds of smoke that turn people and dragons to stone.
The movie does feature some battles between Raya and an enemy, but injuries are not shown and they are not frightening scenes.
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