Animated epic Raya and the Last Dragon is newly released into cinemas

21 May 2021 in New Releases

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Raya and the Last Dragon
Raya and the Last Dragon

As select cinemas continue their grand reopening around the country, more and more films are making their big screen debuts. With the numerous high-profile awards-winners making their bow last week, we now turn our focus to the exciting and accessible family films that are key to the success of cinemas around the world as well as some new film guides available for our members to download.

Safety is of course at the forefront of everyone's mind right now so make sure to check out the specific guidelines for your local cinema before visiting. Meanwhile, many cinemas have used lockdown as an opportunity to improve and renovate their venues so that we can all enjoy the best possible cinema experience.

New in cinema

Raya and the Last Dragon

Originally released on streaming earlier this year, Raya and the Last Dragon is now available to experience on the big screen in select cinemas. Taking its cue from the rich variety and textures of East Asian culture, and starring the voices of some of Hollywood's most popular Asian actors, the film follows the story of Raya, a warrior princess who is tasked with tracking down a mythical dragon which will allow her, and her people, to finally defeat the evil entity that has been terrorising their land for centuries. With incredible action set pieces built around a witty script, 'Raya and the Last Dragon' is a feast for the senses.

Also New in Cinema

Tom & Jerry; Maya the Bee: The Golden Orb

When the famous rivals Tom and Jerry made their debut to audiences, the year was 1940 and animation was evolving at a rapid rate. Initially shown as shorts before feature films, the cat and mouse team eventually found a home on television but now they are back on the big screen in a feature film that is full of the slapstick humour we have come to love them for. A hybrid of live-action/animation tells us the story of a street-smart hotel worker who gets caught between Tom and Jerry as they fight for supremacy.

The third film in the popular Maya the Bee animation franchise, loosely based on a German book and a Japanese anime, is a cute delight for younger audiences who enjoy exploring the natural world through film. This entry sees headstrong Maya and her best friend Willi accidentally taking care of a baby ant who turns out to be a princess of the ant colony. Friendship and responsibility are gently explored in this bright and energetic CG animation. 

New Film Guides

Toy Story; Home; Wonder Park

Our film guides are built to aid educators in the classroom or at home, using a framework of discussion points and activities for young people to consider films in new and invigorating ways. Here are three new film guides on animations both classic and fresh for your film clubs to dig into. Themes of friendship, creativity and loss are all featured heavily in these three films.

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