Written by Adele Lim and inspired by martial arts movies, the animated film takes place in Kumandra — “a reimagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization that venerated the mythical dragons for their power and their wisdom,” according to the film’s producer, Osnat Shurer (Moana).screenwriter
Taking place in Southeast Asia, the movie reveals distinct clans living in the Land of the Dragon — but the dragons have vanished and Kumandra is under the control of a dark, sinister force. Raya is a lone warrior trying to save her world and determined to find the last dragon, who she believes has the power to save Kumandra.
The movie footage shown at D23 revealed Raya traveling in the jungle and entering a dark passageway to a temple filled with dragon hieroglyphic-like images. Raya then comes face to face with Sisu — a pink-and-blue dragon who can also shapeshift into the form of a human.
Raya and the Last Dragon is set hit theaters on Nov. 25, 2020.