Disney’s newly released trailer for “Raya and the Last Dragon” has spurred mixed reactions regarding Asian representation. The new trailer for the upcoming animated feature — inspired by Southeast Asian cultures — gives audiences a more in-depth look at Raya (voiced by Kelly-Marie Tran) as she rallies her warrior crew and con artists on her quest to find the mythical “last dragon.” Raya and the Last Dragon has been directed by Don Hall (Big Hero 6) and Carlos López Estrada (Blindspotting), off a script by playwright Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim (Crazy Rich Asians).
The film features a voice cast full of Asian American celebrities like Awkwafina, Sandra Oh, and Gemma Chan. Some have critiqued the fact that the majority of the prominent speaking roles go to East Asian cast members, pointing out that Tran is one of the few Southeast Asian actors in the animated film.
OMG WE’RE FINALLY GETTING A SOUTHEAST ASIAN DISNEY PRINCESS 😭😭😭😭😭 COME THROUGH REPRESENTATION
RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON COMES OUT MARCH 2021 pic.twitter.com/ICakT7z1VO
— Gigi (@gigiesguerra) May 14, 2020