Raya and the Last Dragon: Introducing the newest Disney Princess

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The Disney Princess brand is one of the oldest and most successful in Hollywood. Despite existing since “Snow White” in 1938, Disney has only allowed 12 official princesses into the club (14 if you include “Frozen’s” Anna and Elsa, who are queens and not technically inducted into the brand.) Because of this, every new Disney Princess movie has become a big event, and it marks the start of a new era. 

Disney’s latest installment “Raya and the Last Dragon” debuted its first official trailer on Wednesday:

The film’s plot follows Raya (Kellie Marie Tran) as she journeys to find the last living dragon, Sisu (Awkwafina), a water dragon who can turn into a human. The kingdom of Kumandra is based in Southeast Asia, marking it the first of its kind in blockbuster animation. Tran spoke highly of the film and suggests that we may not be getting the traditional Disney Princess with Raya.

The film’s plot follows Raya (Kellie Marie Tran) as she journeys to find the last living dragon, Sisu (Awkwafina), a water dragon who can turn into a human. The kingdom of Kumandra is based in Southeast Asia, marking it the first of its kind in blockbuster animation. Tran spoke highly of the film and suggests that we may not be getting the traditional Disney Princess with Raya. 

“She is someone who is technically a princess, but I think that what’s really cool about this project, about this character specifically, is that everyone’s trying to flip the narrative on what it means to be a princess,” Tran told Entertainment Weekly. “Raya is totally a warrior. When she was a kid, she was excited to get her sword. And she grows up to be a really badass, gritty warrior and can really take care of herself.”

Source: Disney

In classic Disney Princess fashion, Raya is joined by her rolling animal sidekick Tuk Tuk, who already seems to be a hit with fans. Rumor has it that “Raya and the Last Dragon” will not be a musical. If not, it would make it only the second Disney Princess film not to feature music after Disney-Pixar’s “Brave.”

What did you think of the trailer? Would you prefer “Raya and the Last Dragon” to be a traditional Disney musical? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @Filmnetic. 

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