Raya and the Last Dragon is streaming now on Disney Plus: How to watch
Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina provide the lead voices in this long-awaited family film, now streaming on Disney Plus, and coming to the Disney Plus free tier on June 4.
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Our fascination with dragons continues, but the ones in Raya and the Last Dragon aren't the ferocious fire-breathers of Game of Thrones fame. The movie tells of a world where humans and dragons once lived in harmony. When monsters known as the Druun threatened the land of Kumandra, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save the people. But now the Druun are back, and it's up to Raya and a pill bug named Tuk Tuk to find the last surviving dragon and save the world. Here's what to know about the movie, and how to watch.
In the days before the coronavirus pandemic, families probably would've flocked to movie theaters to see this film. But like the land of Kumandra, our world has changed. Though the movie will be released in some theaters, it's also streaming on Disney Plus -- but even subscribers have to pay an extra price for the first month of availability.
Disney Plus is now streaming Raya and the Last Dragon. Disney Plus subscribers must pay an additional $30 for Premier Access to watch the film. If you pay up, you can watch the movie on disneyplus.com and in the Disney Plus app on select platforms, including
, Google, Amazon and Roku. You can then watch the film as many times as you like.
If you don't want to fork over the extra $30 but do have Disney Plus, you need to wait until June 4, when the movie will be part of the regular Disney Plus subscription plan. That's coming up!
There's also a short, Us Again, that's scheduled to be released with Raya and the Last Dragon in theaters but apparently won't come to Disney Plus until June 4. It's a dialogue-free musical short that tells the story of an elderly man named Art and his young-at-heart wife, Dot, who rekindle their zest for life through dance.
Raya and the Last Dragon has a Metacritic score of 75, meaning "generally favorable reviews." (Metacritic is a sister site of CNET.)
"There's neither a love story nor musical numbers here, and neither are missed; this is a film brimming over with humor and adventure, breathtaking fight choreography and eye-popping fantasy," writes Alonso Duralde of The Wrap.
Classic and new
"It's an ambitious family film that will work for all ages, and one that never talks down to its audience while presenting them with an entertaining, thought-provoking story," writes Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com. "It also contains some of the most striking imagery Disney has ever produced, dropping its characters in a world that feels both classic and new at the same time."
Some big names, including
star Kelly Marie Tran and rapper and actress Awkwafina, provide the voices of the characters.
Kelly Marie Tran plays Raya, the warrior princess who sets out to find the last dragon.
Awkwafina is Sisu, a young water dragon who can transform into a human and is the last of her kind.