Will Raya and the Last Dragon be a musical? Let’s explore the details of the 2021 Disney film and whether there will be musical numbers.

Remember those films you anticipated would be listed amongst your favourites of 2020 come December?

Yeah, they’re probably not going to be anymore.

Such eagerly awaited efforts as Dune, No Time to Die, A Quiet Place: Part II and more were all scheduled for release in 2020 but were delayed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result, many moviegoers have declared 2020 a disappointment, despite some exceptional releases which did, fortunately, make their way to screens on time.

Looking on the bright side, it means that 2021 may be an absolute delight for films fans, with more exciting blockbusters to tuck into.

Joining the most promising efforts of 2021 is Raya and the Last Dragon.

Directed by Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, this animated Disney movie stars Kelly Marie Tran as the voice of the titular character, a brave warrior in search of a dragon.

The trailer has been celebrated since its emergence, but potential audiences have a question to ask…

still from Raya and the Last Dragon, Walt Disney Pictures et al., IMDb

Will Raya and the Last Dragon be a musical?

  • No, there are no signs to suggest that Raya and the Last Dragon will be a musical.

As highlighted by Distractify, The Disinsider – a site for Disney news not affiliated with The Walt Disney Company – stated in July 2020: “The film which is said not to be a musical will be Walt Disney Animation Studios’ first original animated film since 2016’s Moana.”

So, while Moana was a musical, this one shows no signs of having musical numbers laced throughout the runtime.

Additionally, the previous source includes that the Skyler Shuler – Editor-In-Chief of The Disinsider – tweeted the following ahead of the previous information in February 2020: “Just learned, RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON will NOT be a musical.”

The trailer was recently unveiled and contains no song and dance numbers, selling it as a straight-up animated fantasy-adventure film, much to the disappointment of some…

Some Disney fans aren’t happy

Even before the trailer dropped, some Disney lovers weren’t exactly thrilled by the realisation that Raya and the Last Dragon won’t be a musical.

Inevitably, they voiced their annoyance over on Twitter.

However, it’s worth adding that some felt it was the right direction to take!

Check out a selection of tweets:

Raya and the Last Dragon release date

The film is scheduled for release in the United States on Friday, March 12th 2021.

Currently, it’s set for theatrical release so that it can be enjoyed on the big screen, although it’s uncertain whether the pandemic may affect this.

It’s unknown when it will arrive on Disney+.

In other news, Filipino audiences have praised the trailer.