Raya and the Last Dragon Creator Reveals Script Was Originally More Violent
We are under two months away from Disney’s next animated film and according to the film’s directors, the project was originally intended to be a lot darker during early drafts.
The film, starring Kelly Marie Tran will be the first film inspired by Southeast Asia. Carlos Lopez Estrada and Don Hall revealed in a recent interview with Empire Magazine that it was originally supposed to be much more violent. So much so that they speculate it could’ve earned an “R” rating. .
The directors revealed in a recent tweet, “There is a cut of the movie with broken bones and stuff.” With that being the case, we aren’t supposed Disney requested that they team edit out some of the more graphic moments in the film. It will still however maintain its PG rating and fans can still expect a whole lot of action & excitement!
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Lee said of the project, “As filmmakers, [directors] Don [Hall] and Carlos [López Estrada] bring a combination of animation know-how and emotional storytelling to Raya and the Last Dragon, bringing our fantasy adventure to surprising, original, and dynamic heights,”
In a previous interview with Entertainment Weekly Lee also said, “They both saw the potential for this film and had a strong vision for the story, especially for our lead character, played by the wonderfully talented Kelly Marie Tran. And no small feat, directors Don and Carlos, writers Qui [Nguyen] and Adele [Lim], and the entire crew of 400 Disney Animation artists are making this film together, while separated and working from home.”
When interviewed about the project Kelly Marie Tran also said that Raya defies the mold of the traditional Disney princess, “She is someone who is technically a princess but I think that what’s really cool about this project, about this character, specifically is that everyone’s trying to flip the narrative on what it means to be a princess,” Tran continued “Raya is totally a warrior. When she was a kid, she was excited to get her sword. And she grows up to be a really badass, gritty warrior and can really take care of herself.”
Don’t miss Raya and the Last Dragon when it arrives in theaters and simultaneously on Disney+ (for an additional fee) on March 12th.
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Source: Empire Magazine, ComicBook.com, Entertainment Weekly