Raya and The Last Dragon, Animated Films Inspired by the Diversity of Southeast Asian Cultures

Walt Disney Animation Studios presents the first animated film inspired by the cultural diversity of countries in Southeast Asia, Raya and The Last Dragon.

Animated Films Raya and The Last Dragon
Animated Films Raya and The Last Dragon

This diversity is reflected in the motifs, colors, architecture, food, and values, habits, and customs that are very close to the daily life of the people of Southeast Asia.

Raya and The Last Dragon’s director, Carlos L√≥pez Estrada, ensured that the audience would experience the natural richness and beautiful culture of Southeast Asia in Kumandra.

“Even though Kumandra is a fictional fantasy world, we designed Kumandra to remain dynamic and depict everyday life that is so close to the people of Southeast Asia,” said Carlos.

According to him, Raya and The Last Dragon are a tribute to the diversity of cultures that have inspired Kumandra’s story and world.

Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon | Official Trailer

To note, Kumandra is a country that is in the animated film Raya and The Last Dragon. To find the appropriate elements of culture, customs, and nature, the film crew travels to all countries in Southeast Asia.

The production process of this film also involves a group of experts who help provide insight into the existing culture of each country, consisting of anthropologists, architects, linguists, dancers, and traditional music players.

This animated film also involves an artist from Indonesia, Griselda Sastrawinata, as a visual development artist with Luis Logam as a story artist.

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In the making of this film, several figures from Indonesian artists were also involved, such as Dewa Berata and Emiko Susilo.

Both are part of the consulting team. Especially in terms of Indonesian culture, traditional dances, and ceremonies, as well as gamelan music.

With the background of a fantasy land called Kumandra, the audience is invited to have an adventure with a warrior named Raya.

Raya and The Last Dragon itself stars Kelly Marie Tran as the voice of Raya and Awkwafina as the voice of Sisu, the legendary dragon.

It is said, in the past, humans, and dragons lived side by side in the land of Kumandra.
However, evil forces came and threatened the land, causing the dragons to sacrifice themselves to save humans.

500 years later, evil forces again harassed Kumandra’s peace. The fate of the population is now in Raya’s hands.

Together with his true friend, Tuk Tuk, and several friends he met during the trip, Raya struggled with the last dragon to reunite the land of Kumandra.

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