The newest Disney Princess movie from Walt Disney Animation Studios — Raya and the Last Dragon — premieres on March 5, 2021. But what is the film about? Is it releasing on Disney+ or in movie theaters? And will it cost an extra fee to watch the film on Disney’s new streaming service?
We’re answering all those questions and more in this guide to Raya and the Last Dragon.
About Raya and the Last Dragon
Announced at D23 Expo in 2019 –with a different lead actress, Cassie Steele, originally — the new film by Walt Disney Animation Studios is called Raya and the Last Dragon. The movie follows a Southeast Asian princess who goes on a quest to find the last dragon in order to save the world of Kumandra from sinister monsters.
Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) and Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, The Little Mermaid) star in the lead roles of Raya and Sisu, respectively. Raya, as many fans are aware, is the newest Disney Princess — and the very first Southeast Asian Disney Princess. And Sisu has been compared to Robin Williams’s iconic Genie character from the animated classic Aladdin.
Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But 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, Raya, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than dragon magic to save the world—it’s going to take trust as well. From directors Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, co-directors Paul Briggs and John Ripa, producers Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho, and featuring the voices of Kelly Marie Tran as Raya and Awkwafina as Sisu. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Raya and the Last Dragon” will debut simultaneously on Disney+ Premier Access and in theatres on March 5, 2021.
Directed By: Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada
Written By: Qui Nguyen, Adele Lim
Produced By: Osnat Shurer, Peter Del Vecho
Cast: Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina
What is Raya and the Last Dragon rated?
The newest film from Walt Disney Animation Studios is not yet rated, but we will update this article as soon as an official rating is released for this Disney movie. You can view the official Disney web page of Raya here.
Disney+ Premier Access
As the synopsis above mentions, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest film Raya and the Last Dragon is going to be released on Disney+ Premier Access and in movie theaters simultaneously. That means that this March, whether or not you are comfortable viewing the film in theaters during the ongoing pandemic — or whether or not movie theaters are open in your area — you will have the opportunity to pay an additional fee to watch Disney’s Raya on Disney+ Premier Access.
How Much Will Raya and the Last Dragon Cost on Disney+?
Like Mulan (2020) — which was released on Disney+ Premier Access last year — Raya and the Last Dragon will cost an additional fee on Premier Access. The new film from Walt Disney Animation Studios will cost approximately $30. However, that fee essentially gets existing Disney+ subscribers early access to the film before it is released to all subscribers at a later date.
How do you watch Raya on Disney+?
It is very easy to access the Premier Access options on Disney+. Beginning March 5, Disney+ subscribers can log onto the app or website and select Raya and the Last Dragon, which will have a Premier Access label. Note that by selecting this Premier Access film option, your Disney+ account will be charged the additional fee. But, this is not a pay-per-view or rental fee, as the cost gives you early access to the film on the Disney streaming service before it will be released to all Disney+ subscribers at a later date for no additional charge.
Characters in Raya and the Last Dragon
Raya, played by Kelly Marie Tran
Sisu, played by Awkwafina
10-year-old entrepreneur Boun, played by Izaac Wang
The formidable giant Tong, played by Benedict Wong
The film also features the voice talents of Gemma Chan as Fang leader Namaari, Sandra Oh as Namaari’s mother, Virana, Daniel Dae Kim as Raya’s father, Chief Benja, Thalia Tran as Little Noi, Alan Tudyk as Tuk Tuk, and Lucille Soong, Patti Harrison and Ross Butler as the leaders of Talon, Tail, and Spine.
Raya and the Last Dragon hits theaters and Disney+ Premier Access on March 5, 2021.