‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Writer Reveals The Film’s Relatable Message

What can we learn from Raya's adventures in Kumandra?

One of the writers on Raya and the Last Dragon revealed how the film’s touching message relates to the real world.

When audiences meet Kelly Marie Tran‘s warrior princess in Raya and the Last Dragon, they’ll be transported across the rich, magical world of Kumandra. However, the nation became divided following a tragic accident in Raya’s childhood. And according to one of the writers on the upcoming Disney film, the story has a relatable message that the real world should take on-board. Not that we have a magical dragon voiced by Shang-Chi‘s Awkwafina, of course.

Ray and the Last Dragon screenwriter Qui Nguyen explained in a roundtable interview that although the animated adventure features plenty of literal magic, there’s a hidden element to it that our society could use a little of as we continue to push on through troubling times. Nguyen revealed that trust is “the real secret ingredient” in Raya and the Last Dragon, and pointed out that it’s a message he thinks it’s important for the world to see.

“Working for Disney, I think part of what we do is that we deal in magic. I think, right now, the-the world is very broken. This movie has a lot of magic in it, but I think the biggest piece of magic in it is trust. It is the real secret ingredient that will save our fictional world of Kumandra. And it’s a message I think is really important for the world to have and see.”

What do you make of the message in Raya and the Last Dragon? Are you excited to see the upcoming Disney film? Sound-off in the comments below!

Here is the official synopsis for Raya and the Last Dragon:

Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. However, when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it’s up to a lone warrior to track down the last dragon and stop the Druun for good.

Directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada and Don Hall, the film stars Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Gemmah Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Sandra Oh, Benedict Wong, Izaac Wang, Thalia Tran, Alan Tudyk, Lucille Soong, Patti Harrison and Ross Butler. The film arrives in theaters and on Disney Plus on March 5th, 2021. Stay tuned for all the latest news on Raya and the Last Dragon and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Eammon Jacobs

Eammon Jacobs

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