Heroines of Animation: Redrawing Women in Raya and The Last Dragon

Calling all animation lovers! Women in front of and behind the camera brought the new Disney film Raya and the Last Dragon to life based on their unique, varied professional experiences and relationships with strong female warriors in their own lives. Go behind the scenes to discover more—and hear how to forge a new path in writing and producing animated series that inspire and engage new voices. 

In this discussion, you’ll hear from the film’s producer, Osnat Shurer (producer, Moana), and writer, Adele Lim (writer, Crazy Rich Asians), as well as Amy Dotson, Director of the Northwest Film Center. The conversation took place on March 9, 2021.

Raya and the Last Dragon is now available in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access.

About the film
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Raya and the Last Dragon travels to the fantasy world of Kumandra, where humans and dragons lived together long ago 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.

Raya and the Last Dragon features an outstanding voice cast, including Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Jona Xiao, Sandra Oh, Thalia Tran, Lucille Soong, Alan Tudyk, Gordon Ip, Dichen Lachman, Patti Harrison, Jon “Dumbfoundead” Park, Sung Kang, Sierra Katow, Ross Butler, François Chau and Paul Yen. Directed by Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, produced by Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho, and written by Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim.