Notable in part for being the first animated movie out of Disney without the work of creator John Lasseter in 15 years, the next major animated movie from Disney features the voices of two well-known genre stars, and it looks a bit on theme with Disney’s last live-action movie, Mulan.  Raya and the Last Dragon is all computer-animated, and it features the voices of Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) as Raya, a warrior heroine who is seeking the Last Dragon, named Sisu, voiced by comedy actor Awkwafina (Jumanji: The Next Level), all in a classic fantasy The Hobbit or The Last Unicorn-homage tale.

The first trailer for the movie is here, and it blends Raiders of the Lost Ark and Tomb Raider with what Disney is now known best for: little animal sidekicks, this one who at first seems like a big pill bug, but grows to be a full-fledged, larger-than-life-sized armadillo.  He’s named Tuk-Tuk (another word for taxi or rickshaw), and he grows to serve as Raya’s loyal steed.  And in The Dark Crystal and The Lord of the Rings style, Raya is also on a quest for a fantastical totem, called the Dragon Gem.

Here is the official poster for the movie:

Here’s the first look at Raya and the Last Dragon:

Originally scheduled for next month, but delayed due to the pandemic, Raya and the Last Dragon is scheduled for release in theaters March 12, 2021.

C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg