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Raya and the Last Dragon is Disney’s first animated feature starring characters of Southeast Asian descent. And the team behind the film did a significant amount of research to create a world that was at once vivid and fantastical — a world where dragons once roamed and where a fantasy villain could turn living beings into stone — while being realistically grounded in elements of Southeast Asian culture and geography.Raya is set in the fantasy world of Kumandra, which is split into five distinct dragon-inspired regions: Fang, Heart, Talon, Spine, and Tail. Each region has its own topography, architecture, and personality, influenced by the countries of Southeast Asia. To bring this ... Full story

27 January