Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution Chairman, Kareem Daniel, revealed at the Disney Investors Day presentation that upcoming animated film, Raya And The Last Dragon, will not only will the film keep to its scheduled cinematic release date next year, but it will also be available on Disney+ premiere access.
The official synopsis for the film is as follows:
Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than a dragon to save the world—it’s going to take trust and teamwork as well.
Earlier this year Mulan was moved on the Disney+ premiere access service due to the constraints of its cinematic release during the COVID-19 pandemic and the studio received some criticism for having the film available to rent in the US for $30, UK for £19.99, but yet had it become available for free for Disney+ subscribers a few months later. In terms of that model, I don’t believe it worked for Mulan and I’m puzzled as to why Disney believe that Raya And The Last Dragon can fare any better on premiere access.
The film is directed by Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada and has a voice cast that includes Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina.
Raya and The Last Dragon is currently scheduled for cinematic release on the 12th March 2021.