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The Trailer For Disney’s First SEA Princess Has Netizens In Tears

Psst! Can you spot the Malaysian influences in the trailer?




Are you ready to see yourself in a Disney movie?



Well, not ‘yourself’ per se but the familiar designs that make up our culture, people, skin, clothing and architecture. That’s exactly what we’re about to get with ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’, judging by the looks of the newly released trailer! Written by Vietnamese-American Qui Nguyen and Malaysian-born Adele Lim, ‘Raya’ follows the protagonist of the same name and her trusty Armadillo sidekick ‘Tuk Tuk’.



As of yet, Raya’s giving us serious Moana/Pochantes attitude with the whole ‘adventure to save my people/the world’ vibes alongside visually intense animations. Raya has been tasked with tracking down the legendary last dragon to stop an evil force that threatens her home and its divided people. She fights her own battles with Arnis sticks (of the Filipino national martial arts also known as ‘Kali’) and even wields a gorgeous dragon adorned sword reminiscent of a keris.



Needless to say, the representation of the SEA community is strong with Disney’s latest blockbuster. After personally travelling to Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia the production team set the film in a fictional fantasy land called ‘Kumandra’, and goes on to include inspiration from the cultures above as well as Myanmar, Malaysia and the Philippines. Writer Nguyen said of the movie:




And the feeling is mutually shared by those who see bits of themselves in the animation!








Watch the gorgeous trailer here:



Disney first revealed the story and idea of ‘Raya And The Last Dragon’ at the 2019 D23 Expo. After initially delaying the films original release date (COVID-19 has delayed the release of a lot of movies!) of the 25th of November this year, it can now be expected on the 12th of March in 2021.


Although, after watching the trailer, we’ve gotta agree with this tweet:


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