Friends, the Walt Disney Animation Studios official YouTube channel released a brand new trailer for Raya and the Last Dragon yesterday – giving us our first proper look at the supporting cast of characters. Including a character whose name in the film is Little Noi (and voiced by Thalia Tran) – but who the internet is quite happily calling the ‘Con baby’. There just seems to be something about a toddler con artist working along with a trio of snow monkeys to rob the unwary that captures the hearts of the public.
Raya and the Last Dragon marks the 59th animated picture produced by the Walt Disney Animation Studios. In addition it was directed by Don Hall (Moana), Carlos Lopez Estrada (Legion), and co-directed by Paul Briggs (Frozen) as well as John Ripa (Big Hero 6). From a screenplay by Qui Nguyen (The Society) and Adele Lim (Crazy Rich Asians).
The story for Raya and the Last Dragon concerns a world known as Kumandra, where once upon a time dragons and humans were able to coexist in peace. This was before an unknown evil reared it’s head and in an effort to save humanity, the dragons willingly sacrificed themselves. 500 years have passed since the dragons vanished from Kumandra, and when the evil returns to threaten the world once again, it is up to a young woman named Raya (Kelly Marie Tran) who must take up arms in an attempt to locate Sisu (voiced by Awkwafina), the last dragon in existence to help drive it back.
Along with those actors already mentioned, the official press release by the Walt Disney Animation Studios states the film also features the talents of:
“Raya and the Last Dragon” features an outstanding voice cast, including Kelly Marie Tran as the voice of the intrepid warrior Raya; Awkwafina as the legendary dragon, Sisu; Gemma Chan as Raya’s nemesis, Namaari; Daniel Dae Kim as Raya’s visionary father, Benja; Sandra Oh as Namaari’s powerful mother, Virana; Benedict Wong as Tong, a formidable giant; Izaac Wang as Boun, a 10-year-old entrepreneur; Thalia Tran as the mischievous toddler Little Noi; Alan Tudyk as Tuk Tuk, Raya’s best friend and trusty steed; Lucille Soong as Dang Hu, the leader of the land of Talon; Patti Harrison as the chief of the Tail land; and Ross Butler as chief of the Spine land.
Now we just have to wait patiently for 37 more days before we can enjoy Raya and the Last Dragon on March 5th in theaters or Disney+ with Premier Access.