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On What Raya and the Last Dragon Lacks…

8 Mar

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon is a very paint-by-numbers animated film which lacks originality. We are introduced to another princess with her pet, and we get to visit a distinct part of Asia! If I had to say which movie knows its mythology, Moana wins hands down!

The world of Laos, Malaysia and Indonesia is the spotlight in this latest film and sadly, the missed opportunities I noticed are plentiful. The distinguishing features of each region aren’t really played up and the story lacks a spiritual significance. Each nation has lost their focus ever since a magical crystal that can keep the Druun–rejected shadowy entities from Studio Ghibli’s Mononoke Hime–at bay.

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