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New ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Trailer Could Have Been Much Darker

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Disney’s new movie, Raya and the Last Dragon, gains a new trailer and posters today. Set to release on March 5th in theaters and for premiere access Disney+ users, the movie centers on a girl named Raya and her misfit crew as the look for the last dragon to unite their world. Things become complicated as she finally finds the dragon only to learn that she is a misfit herself, and still, she and this crew must find a way to unite all the nations once and for all.

The new trailer surprised viewers as one of the main stars was a “con-baby,” a baby who comes up to Raya under the muse of being lost but is actually a con artist. The altercation that follows shows Raya and the baby showing off their skills and precision, as well as Raya potentially getting the baby to join her team to look for the dragon.

 

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The team from the movie comes from many of the same producers and artists as Moana and Frozen, which is evident in the art style from the trailer. Although this movie features a highly anticipated upgrade to the animation, one that will show the various worlds and characters of all shapes and sizes.

One of the most surprising and exciting things about the movie, however, came from one of the film’s directors.

There was buzz for this trailer starting yesterday when The Disinsider shared that Raya, which is inspired loosely on the style of Jean Wick, has a cut that could have gotten an R rating. Director Carlos Lôpez Estrada is quoted saying,

“There may ha ve been some things that if we were to include would give s an R rating for violence. Just so you know. There is a cut of the movie with broken bones and stuff.”

Twitter took this in stride, with many wishing they could see this cut with a darker take on the typical Disney animation.

Regardless of if we get to see this other version or not, the new trailer has been blowing up on social media and hype for the movie is at an all time high. Will you be seeing this movie upon release March 5th? We sure will!

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Meet Luz Noceda, Disney’s First Bisexual Lead

Regardless of some people’s denial, diversity is everywhere. It surrounds us as we experience it day in and day out. Today, in a world brimming with openness, it has become difficult not to experience it in a normalized setting. On Disney Channel, however, diversity, especially concerning the LGBTQ+ community, has been practically nonexistent. Up to this point, Dinsey has been passive when it comes to showcasing diversity on their channel. With the introduction of Luz Noceda, it seems like Disney is finally giving some of its viewers the LGBTQ+ characters they have been waiting for.

 

Luz Noceda, a fourteen-year-old Dominican-American girl who identifies as bisexual, will be debuting on our television screens in The Owl House. The show encompasses Luz’s journey to becoming a witch after falling through a portal to another realm. The kicker is, Luz does not have any magical abilities of her own, but that does not stop her from trying to apprentice under the rebellious witch named Eda.

Luz is, surprisingly, not Disney’s first LGBTQ+ character. Greg from the Pixar short film Out took the claim of Disney’s first LGBTQ+ character, but he only received that title a few short months ago.

The Owl House' Features Disney's First Bisexual Character – Deadline
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With that said, it seems like 2020 is finally the year Disney shows the world that they, too, can create inclusive characters. Still, despite the barriers Disney is finally breaking, not everyone on the team was supportive of Luz coming out to the world. The Owl House creator Dana Terrance revealed in a tweet that Disney leadership said they could not support any bi of gay relationships on the channel when Terrance proposed Luz’s character. Terrance, who is very persuasive, convinced Disney to keep the television series’ original premise the same and show queer relationships on Disney Channel. Terrance, who is bisexual herself, is proud to say that Disney is now 100% supportive of Luz and her coming out story on Disney Channel.

 

More now than ever before, it is essential for today’s youth to witness diversity displayed in a positive light, especially on their television screen. The media influences every aspect of a child’s life. If they are not exposed to diversity regularly and positively, they might view the world negatively. Disney is one of the biggest companies in the world, and by them finally supporting the LGBTQ+ community with characters like Luz and Greg shows they are finally ready to support all their fans and acknowledge that there are all kinds of people in this world.

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