Raya and the Last Dragon
Promotional release poster of Raya and the Last Dragon depicting Raya alone
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Paul Briggs
  • Don Hall
  • Adele Lim
  • Carlos López Estrada
  • Kiel Murray
  • Qui Nguyen
  • John Ripa
  • Dean Wellins
Based on
  • Story ideas
    by Bradley Raymond
  • Additional story contributions
    by Helen Kalafatic
Produced by
Starring
Cinematography
  • Rob Dressel (layout)
  • Adolph Lusinsky (lighting)
Edited by
  • Fabienne Rawley
  • Shannon Stein
Music byJames Newton Howard
Production
companies
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • March 5, 2021 (2021-03-05) (United States)
Running time
107 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$100 million+[citation needed]
Box office$130.4 million[2]

Raya and the Last Dragon (/ˈr.ə/ RYE) is a 2021 American computer-animated fantasy action-adventure film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The 59th animated film produced by the studio, it was directed by Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, and produced by Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho. The screenplay was written by Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim, both of whom also wrote the story with Hall, Estrada, Paul Briggs, John Ripa, Kiel Murray, and Dean Wellins, based on story ideas by Bradley Raymond and additional story contributions by Helen Kalafatic. Featuring the voices of Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Sandra Oh, Thalia Tran, Lucille Soong, and Alan Tudyk, Raya and the Last Dragon is about the titular warrior princess, Raya (Marie Tran). She seeks out the fabled last dragon (Awkwafina), hoping to restore the dragon gem that would bring back her father (Dae Kim) and banish the evil spirits known as the Druun from the land of Kumandra.

The film is inspired by traditional Southeast Asian cultures. Development began in October 2018, and in August 2019 the project was officially announced, with the title being revealed alongside the voice cast. During its production, Disney officially announced the replacement of several cast and crew members in August 2020. To prevent further spread of the SARS CoV-2 virus during the COVID-19 pandemic, the filmmakers practiced social distancing, working from home using digital communication software like Zoom.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures had planned to release Raya and the Last Dragon in theaters in the United States on November 25, 2020, but the movie was delayed to March 5, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film was simultaneously available on Disney+ Premier Access as a result of the pandemic's effects on movie theaters. The film became the third most streamed movie title of 2021,[3] and has grossed over $130 million worldwide. It received positive reviews from critics, who praised the animation, the female empowerment, craftsmanship, visuals, action sequences, characters and voice acting, but criticism for its lack of Southeast Asian representation in the cast and found the narrative over-engineered. The film received various accolades, including a nomination for Best Animated Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards, and was nominated in the same category at the 79th Golden Globe Awards. However, it lost both awards to Encanto, another Disney film. Raya and the Last Dragon also led the 49th Annie Awards with ten nominations, but did not win in any of the categories nominated.

Plot

Five hundred years ago, the peaceful and prosperous sub-continent of Kumandra is ravaged by the Druun, mindless purple-and-black-colored spirits that turn every living thing in their path to stone. Sisu, the last surviving dragon, is given her siblings' magic which was placed in a gem. She concentrates her magic into the gem and blasts the Druun away, reviving Kumandra's people but not its dragons. A power struggle for the gem divides Kumandra's people into five separate kingdoms called Fang, Heart, Spine, Talon, and Tail, corresponding to their placement along a gigantic dragon-shaped river.[4]

In the present, Chief Benja of the Heart tribe, which ends up retaining possession of the dragon gem, trains his daughter, young warrior princess Raya to protect the gem. Firmly believing Kumandra can be reunited, Benja holds a feast for the leadership of all five tribes. During the feast, Raya befriends Namaari, daughter of Chief Virana of the Fang tribe and Fang's princess, who gives Raya a dragon pendant and tells her of a legend that says the dragon Sisu still exists and can be summoned through the power of the gem. Trusting Namaari, Raya shows her the gem's chamber. Namaari betrays Raya as part of a plot to help Fang steal the gem. Alerted to the attack, Benja and the other tribes arrive and start fighting over the gem, breaking it into five pieces in the scuffle. The gem's destruction creates a fissure which releases the Druun once more, quickly overtaking the Land of Heart. As every tribe leader steals a piece of the gem and flees, Benja notices that the Druun are repelled by water and sacrifices himself to save Raya's life by throwing her in the river before getting turned to stone by the Druun.

Six years later, Raya treks across Kumandra searching for Sisu to have her create another gem and banish the Druun once more. She manages to summon her at a shipwreck in Tail where Sisu admits that she did not create the gem, but wielded it on behalf of her four siblings, who each contributed their magic to the gem. Raya and Sisu resolve to take back the four stolen pieces of the gem, reassemble it and use it to banish the Druun and restore Raya's father and others who were turned to stone.

Raya and Sisu travel across the realm, reclaiming pieces of the gem and making new friends: the young restaurateur Boun from Tail, the baby con artist Little Noi and her three ongis from Talon, and the warrior Tong from Spine, all of whom have lost loved ones to the Druun. Namaari pursues Raya, hoping to gain the gem shards for the Fang tribe. Each gem shard they acquire blesses Sisu with one of her siblings' magical powers. Raya, not fully trusting their new companions, insists Sisu remain disguised as a human, but Sisu reveals herself to save Raya from Namaari at Spine.

At Fang, Sisu persuades Raya to propose an alliance to Namaari rather than steal the final piece of the gem. As a gesture of trust, Raya returns the pendant Namaari gave her years ago. Namaari, torn between her responsibility to Fang and her wish to help defeat the Druun, threatens them with a crossbow. Sisu tries to calm Namaari but Raya attacks with her whipsword when she sees Namaari's finger on the trigger, causing the crossbow to fire and kill Sisu.

Angkor Wat served as the inspiration for the palace of Fang.
Angkor Wat served as the inspiration for the palace of Fang.

Sisu's death drains away all the water of Kumandra, allowing the Druun to overrun the realm. Furious by Namaari's actions, Raya pursues Namaari, whom she finds grieving the petrification of her mother. They bitterly fight one another while Raya's companions use the gem pieces to evacuate the people of Fang. Raya defeats and prepares to kill Namaari, but stops when Namaari reminds Raya of her role in Sisu’s death due to her inability to trust others. Raya and Namaari go to aid the others. As the Druun gain on her group, Raya remembers how trust allowed Sisu to save the world. She urges the others to unite and reassemble the gem, showing her faith in Namaari by handing over her gem piece and allowing the Druun to turn her into stone. Boun, Tong, Noi, and the ongis follow suit, and Namaari reassembles the gem before the Druun petrify her as well. With the dragon gem reassembled, it unleashes a powerful shockwave that spreads throughout Kumandra, vanquishes all the Druun, and conjures up a magical rainstorm which revives everyone, alongside all the dragons who later revive Sisu. The group reunites with their lost loved ones, including Raya and her father; the tribes and dragons gather at Heart to unify as Kumandra once again.

Voice cast

A topknot as worn by King Jayavarman VII.  Many characters such as Chief Benja wear this hair style.
A topknot as worn by King Jayavarman VII. Many characters such as Chief Benja wear this hair style.

The film featured the voice of Dichen Lachman as both General Atitaya of Fang and a Spine warrior; Patti Harrison was cast as the chief of Tail;[16] Dumbfoundead portrayed Chai, a flower guy; Sung Kang voices Dang Hai, the former chief of Talon; Sierra Katow voices both a Talon merchant and a Fang officer; Ross Butler voices the chief of Spine; François Chau voices Wahn; and Gordon Ip and Paul Yen voice Talon merchants.[13][17]

Production

Development

In October 2018, Deadline Hollywood reported Disney was developing a fantasy animated film produced by Osnat Shurer from a screenplay by Adele Lim, with additional directorial debuts by Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins. Most of them have been involved in other Disney films including Frozen (2013), Zootopia (2016) and Moana (2016). The film was untitled at the time and its characters remained unclear because of Disney's general policy of secrecy about its development timeline, but casting details hinted that it would involve a female protagonist with Asian characteristics.[18] In August 2019, Disney officially announced the film during its D23 Expo Walt Disney Animation Studios' presentation panel. They announced the casting of Cassie Steele as Raya and of Awkwafina as Sisu.[19][20]

In August 2020, Disney officially announced the replacement of several cast and crew members. Don Hall, director of Winnie the Pooh (2011) and Big Hero 6 (2014), and Carlos López Estrada, who had joined Disney Animation in 2019, took over as directors at an unexpected invitation upon being impressed by Estrada’s directorial work on the comedy-drama film Blindspotting (2018). Briggs joined John Ripa as one of the writers of the story having been demoted from his initial position as co-director, to which he was later rehired.[21] Ripa also later became a co-director of the film, replacing Dean Wellins. The latter was credited in the final film as a writer of the story. In addition Qui Nguyen joined Lim as co-writer and Peter Del Vecho joined Shurer as producer.[22][23][24] Steele was also replaced by Kelly Marie Tran due to changes in characters and plot. Shurer said the cast must embody the same spirits as the character and that Tran was better suited for the role.[25]

According to Hall, Disney recast the role because Raya had been originally conceived of as a "stoic loner", but the team began to infuse her with elements of "levity" and "swagger" similar to the character of Star-Lord in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).[26] The Hollywood Reporter said Tran was selected for her "lightness and buoyancy, but also badassery".[26] Tran had to learn to trust the production team because she had unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of Raya. By January 2020, when Tran replaced Steele as Raya, she was aware Disney Animation had already rejected her before and was now hiring her to replace another female actor.[27] Disney's casting choices on Raya and the Last Dragon were kept secret from the cast members; Disney hired each of them separately and had them record their lines individually. The cast, however, accidentally discovered each other's involvement before Disney officially revealed the cast list.[28]

The film is set in a fantasy land called Kumandra, inspired by the Southeast Asian cultures of Brunei, Singapore, Laos, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.[29] For background research the filmmakers and production team traveled to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Laos.[30] The filmmakers formed the Southeast Asia Story Trust, a collective of cultural consultants for the film which included Dr. Steve Arounsack, an associate professor of Lao Anthropology at California State University, Stanislaus.[31] Thai artist Fawn Veerasunthorn served as the head of story for the film.[32]

To choose the protagonist's name the filmmakers reviewed dozens of suggestions which were recommended by experts from Disney's Southeast Asia Story Trust. Screenwriter Adele Lim had an emotional reaction when she first heard the name "Raya", which means "celebration" in Malay.[31] To prevent further spread of the SARS CoV-2 virus during the COVID-19 pandemic, the filmmakers practiced social distancing, working from home using digital communication software like Zoom.[33]

Animation

Raya and the Last Dragon portrays a combination of Southeast Asian cultures; Raya's hat is identical to the Philippines' traditional headgear while her fighting techniques come from Malaysian and Indonesian battle traditions.[34] Water is one of the plot's central elements; it is used to illustrate Raya's emotional growth. Smoothly colored bodies of water represent moments in which Raya feels close to those around her while distrust is represented by water bodies depicted with higher contrast that dramatizes shadows and silhouettes.[7] Raya's costume design, hairstyle, and equipment are also based on her fighting ability and traditional Southeast Asian garments.[31]

Production of the film was supervised by executive producer Jennifer Lee, chief creative officer of Disney Animation. Kelsey Hurley supervised an all-female leadership team with the help of associate technical supervisors Gabriela Hernandez and Shweta Viswanathan. This team oversaw the flow of technical resources;[35] editing and rendering software programs such as Autodesk Maya, Houdini, and Nuke, and programming languages like Python and C++ were used on the production.[36]

Music

Main article: Raya and the Last Dragon (soundtrack)

James Newton Howard composed the score for Raya and the Last Dragon,[37] making his fourth feature-length collaboration with Walt Disney Animation Studios after Dinosaur, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and Treasure Planet.[38][39] The score was released on February 26, 2021. Jhené Aiko wrote and performed a song entitled "Lead the Way" for the end credits.[40][41]

On March 2, 2021, Disney Studios Philippines announced Filipina singer KZ Tandingan would be singing "Gabay" (Guide), Disney's first-ever Filipino-language song.[42] The track, the Filipino version of "Lead the Way", would be part of the film's soundtrack for the Filipino dub of the film. Allie Benedicto, studio marketing head of Disney Philippines, said the song "demonstrates our commitment to work with local creative talents to tell our stories in a locally relevant manner".[43] In a press release, Tandingan said she was grateful and proud to be singing in her native language as well as singing in a Disney film. She liked its messages of trust as well as coming together and uniting to change the world when feeling weak and alone.[44]

Marketing

In the month of the release of the film, the world builder video game Disney Magic Kingdoms included a limited time "Raya and the Last Dragon Event" to promote it, with the characters involved in a new storyline unrelated to the events of the film, including Raya, Sisu, Tuk Tuk, Boun and Namaari as playable characters, in addition to Heart Palace, Fang Palace, and Boun's Shrimp Boat as attractions.[45]

Release

Theatrical and streaming

Raya and the Last Dragon was originally scheduled to be released in the United States on November 25, 2020.[46] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the film's release was delayed to March 12, 2021.[47] On December 10, 2020, as part of Disney's Investor Day presentation, it was announced the film's theatrical release date was preponed to March 5, 2021, and would be simultaneously released on Disney+ Premier Access.[48] Raya and the Last Dragon was available for purchase through Premier Access until June 4, 2021;[49] it was available free to all subscribers in Latin America from April 23,[50] and from June 4 in other countries.[51] In theaters, Raya and the Last Dragon was accompanied by the short film Us Again.[52]

Home media

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released Raya and the Last Dragon on Digital HD on April 2, 2021, with DVD, Blu-ray, and Ultra HD Blu-ray releases following a month later on May 18.[53] The digital release also included Us Again.[54] Bonus features bundled with its Blu-ray release include "An Introduction to Us Again", a behind-the-scenes look of the short Us Again; "Taste of Raya", a virtual Southeast Asian dining experience; "Raya: Bringing It Home", an inside look on how the animators worked at home; "Martial Artists", a lesson on the martial art forms and weapons used in the film; "We are Kumandra", the cultural influences of the film from the Southeast Asia Story Trust; outtakes from the film; facts and Easter eggs; Ripa's experience of working on the storyboard; and deleted scenes.[55][56]

Reception

Box office

Raya and the Last Dragon grossed $54.7 million in the United States and Canada, and $75.7 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $130.4 million.[2][57]

In the US and Canada, the film was released alongside Chaos Walking and Boogie,[58][59] and was initially projected to gross $6-$7 million in 2,045 theaters in its opening weekend.[60] However, after making $2.5 million on its first day, due to the re-opening of New York City theaters, weekend estimates were raised to $8.3 million.[61] On its debut weekend it took $8.5 million,[62] topping the box office.[63][64][65]

Theater chains Cinemark and Harkins in the US, and Cineplex in Canada, did not initially run the film after declining Disney's rental terms,[a][66] which led to Raya and the Last Dragon failing to match the opening-weekend grosses of The Croods: A New Age and Tom & Jerry,[67] two family films that were also released amid the pandemic. Raya and the Last Dragon's performance, however, improved in the following weeks, matching and eventually surpassing Tom & Jerry's box office numbers. Raya and the Last Dragon made $5.5 million in its second weekend and $5.2 million in its third, remaining atop the box office.[68][69]

Audience viewership

In its first three days in the week of March 1, Raya And The Last Dragon was watched for 355 million minutes and placed fourth for the week among movies.[70] The film was made available on Disney+ without any additional cost on June 4, 2021, worldwide; it was the "second-most viewed streaming title" following after Netflix's Lucifer.[71] Raya and the Last Dragon was viewed for approximately 1.1 billion minutes from May 31 to June 6, a significant increase for the film and any streaming title, which previously had 115 million viewing minutes a week when it was only available as a premium title for $30.[70]

According to the official list of the most watched streaming titles of 2021 released on January 21, 2022, by Deadline and Nielsen, Raya and the Last Dragon ranked as the "third most streamed movie title of 2021" with 8.34 billion minutes watched, just behind Luca (2021) and Moana (2016) which had 10.5 billion and 8.9 billion minutes watched respectively.[72] In January 2022, tech firm Akamai reported that the film was the ninth most pirated film of 2021.[73]

Critical response

Raya and the Last Dragon received positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports 94% of 298 critics have given the film, a positive review with an average rating of 7.70/10. The website's consensus reads: "Another gorgeously animated, skillfully voiced entry in the Disney canon, Raya and the Last Dragon continues the studio's increased representation while reaffirming that its classic formula is just as reliable as ever."[74] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 74 out of 100 based on 48 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[75] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale while PostTrak reported 92% of audience members gave it a positive score and that 78% said they would definitely recommend it.[61]

The female empowerment and the craftsmanship aspects were praised. IndieWire writer Kate Erbland assessed it with a "B+"; she found the film to be creative, favourably comparing it to Mulan (1998) and The Princess and the Frog (2009), and described its perspective as different.[76] Shirley Li of The Atlantic strongly praised the world-building and detail, but thought: "subordinated the story to world building muddies the film's message".[77] From the San Francisco Chronicle, Julie Tremaine complimented the depiction of females.[78]

David Fear of Rolling Stone rated Raya and the Last Dragon three and a half stars out of five; in terms of praise, he attributed the action scenes and sequences and vocal performances to "actually mak[ing] the film come alive".[79] In RogerEbert.com, the film was regarded as promoting female empowerment but not talking down to the audience in the process.[80] Sandie Angulo Chen for Common Sense Media gave it a score of four out of five stars, particularly for its empowerment.[81] At Forbes, the film's animation, humor, and emotional moments were praised.[82]

Others were disappointed in the limited Southeast Asian representation in the cast, and found the narrative over-engineered.[83] Keith Baldwin of PopDust.com criticized the trailer's cultural aesthetics and character motivations, while finding similarities to Avatar: the Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.[84][better source needed] Most of the cast, with exceptions of Kelly Marie Tran, Butler, Thalia Tran, Wang, and Harrison, are of East Asian heritage.[85][86] A. Felicia Wade of DiscussingFilm pointed this out in her review, commenting on the "disheartening" lack of accurate representation in the vocal cast, commenting it "misses the mark at its core".[87] Justin Chang of NPR admired the animation and humor, but said the plot is over-detailed.[88] The unavailability of Disney+ in the majority of Southeast Asia was also criticised.[89]

Accolades

Year Award Category Recipients Result Ref.
2022 Academy Awards Best Animated Feature Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada, Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho Nominated [90]
2022 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards Best Animated Film Raya and the Last Dragon Nominated [91]
Best Animated Female Kelly Marie Tran Nominated
Best Animated Female Awkwafina Nominated
2022 American Cinema Editors (ACE Eddie) Awards American Cinema Editors Award for Best Edited Animated Feature Film Fabienne Rawley and Shannon Stein Nominated [92]
2022 Annie Awards Best Animated Feature Raya and the Last Dragon Nominated [93]
Best FX – Feature Alex Moaveni, Dimitri Berberov, Bruce Wright, Scott Townsend and Dale Mayeda Nominated
Best Character Animation - Feature Jennifer Hager Nominated
Best Character Design - Feature Ami Thompson Nominated
Best Music - Feature James Newton Howard and Jhené Aiko Nominated
Best Production Design – Feature Paul Felix, Mingjue Helen Chen and Cory Loftis Nominated
Best Storyboarding - Feature Luis Logam Nominated
Best Voice Acting - Feature Kelly Marie Tran (Raya) Nominated
Best Writing - Feature Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim Nominated
Best Editorial - Feature Fabienne Rawley, Shannon Stein, Todd Fulkerson, Rick Hammel and Brian Millman Nominated
2022 Art Directors Guild Awards Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design for a Animated Film Paul Felix, Mingjue Helen Chen, Cory Loftis Nominated [94]
2022 Artios Awards Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Animation Jamie Sparer Roberts, Grace C. Kim Nominated [95]
2021 BMI Film & TV Awards Theatrical Film James Newton Howard Won [96]
2022 Chicago Indie Critics Awards Best Animated Film Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho Nominated [97]
2022 CinEuphoria Awards Best Animated Character - International Competition Sisu Nominated [98]
2022 Cinema Audio Society Awards Cinema Audio Society Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture – Animated Paul McGrath (original dialogue mixer); David E. Fluhr, Gabriel Guy (re-recording mixers); Alan Meyerson(scoring mixer); Doc Kane (adr mixer); Scott Curtis (foley mixer) Nominated [99]
2022 Columbus Film Critics Awards (COFCA) Best Animated Film Raya and the Last Dragon Nominated [100]
2022 Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Animated Feature Raya and the Last Dragon Nominated [101]
2021 Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Animated Feature Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada Nominated [102]
2022 Denver Film Critics Society (DFCS) Awards Best Animated Film Raya and the Last Dragon Nominated [103]
2022 Georgia Film Critics Association Awards Best Animated Film Raya and the Last Dragon Nominated [104]
2022 Golden Derby Awards Best Animated Feature Don Hall, Carlos Lopez Estrada and Osnat Shurer Nominated [105]
2022 Golden Globe Awards Best Motion Picture — Animated Raya and the Last Dragon Nominated [106]
2022 Golden Tomato Awards Best Animated Movie Raya and the Last Dragon Won [107]
2022 Gold List Best Animated Feature Raya and the Last Dragon Won [108]
Best Original Screenplay (Honorable Mention) Adele Lim and Qui Nguyen Won
2022 Hawaii Film Critics Society Awards Best Animated Film Raya and the Last Dragon Nominated [109]
Best Vocal/Motion Capture Performance Kelly Marie Tran Won
2021 Hollywood Critics Association Midseason Awards Best Picture Raya and the Last Dragon Nominated [110]
2022 Hollywood Critics Association Awards Best Animated Film Raya and the Last Dragon Nominated [111]
2022 Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Animated Feature Raya and the Last Dragon Nominated [112]
2022 International Film Music Critics Association Awards Film Composer of the Year James Newton Howard Won [113]
Best Original Score for an Animated Film James Newton Howard Won
2022 Iowa Film Critics Association Best Animated Film Raya and the Last Dragon Runner-up [114]
2021 Las Vegas Film Critics Society/ Sierra Awards Best Animated Film Raya and the Last Dragon Nominated [115]
2022 Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) Golden Reel Awards Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR for Animated Feature Film Shannon Mills, Brad Semenoff MPSE, Nia Hansen, Samson Neslund, David C. Hughes, Cameron Barker, Chris Frazier, Steve Orlando, John Roesch MPSE, Shelley Roden MPSE, Jim Weidman, David Olson Won [116]
2022 Music City Film Critics' Association Awards Best Animated Film Raya and the Last Dragon Nominated [117]
2022 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Animated Motion Picture Raya and the Last Dragon Nominated [118]
Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – Motion Picture Awkwafina Nominated
2022 North Carolina Film Critics Association Awards Best Animated Film Raya and the Last Dragon Nominated [119]
Best Performance in Animation or Mixed Media Kelly Marie Tran Nominated
2021 North Texas Film Critics Association Awards Best Animated Film Raya and the Last Dragon Won [120]
2021 Online Association of Female Film Critics awards Best Animated Feature Raya and the Last Dragon Nominated [121]
2022 Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Animated Feature Raya and the Last Dragon Nominated [122]
2021 People's Choice Awards Family Movie of 2021 Raya and the Last Dragon Nominated [123]
2021 Philadelphia Film Critics Circle Awards Best Animated Film Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada Runner-up [124]
2021 Phoenix Critics Circle Best Animated Film Raya and the Last Dragon Nominated [125]
2021 Portland Critics Association Awards Best Animated Feature Raya and the Last Dragon Nominated [126]
2022 Producers Guild of America Award Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho Nominated [127]
2022 San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Animated Film Don Hall Nominated [128]
2022 Seattle Film Critics Society Awards Best Animated Feature Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada, Paul Briggs and John Ripa Nominated [129]
2022 Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Kyle Odermatt, Osnat Shurer, Kelsey Hurley, Paul Felix Nominated [130]
Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Brian Menz, Punn Wiantrakoon, Erik Hansen, Vicky YuTzu Lin (for Tuk Tuk) Nominated
Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Mingjue Helen Chen, Chaiwon Kim, Virgilio John Aquino, Diana Jiang LeVangie (for Talon) Nominated
Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a CG Project Rob Dressel, Adolph Lusinsky, Paul Felix Nominated
Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature Le Joyce Tong, Henrik Fält, Rattanin Sirinaruemarn, Jacob Rice Won
2021 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Animated Feature Raya and the Last Dragon Nominated [131]
Best Voice Performance Awkwafina Won
Best Voice Performance Kelly Marie Tran Nominated
2021 Women Film Critics Circle Awards Best Animated Female Raya Nominated [132]

Notes

  1. ^ Cinemark would later reach a deal with Disney and start running the film in its tenth week of release.

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