Over the last few days, people around the world— especially kids— have been raving about the newest Disney animated movie, Raya and the Last Dragon. The movie, which stars Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars) and Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians), marks the first Southeast Asian Disney Princess in their lineup.
While some are criticizing the movie’s casting, many are still happy to finally be seen and represented in a films from a giant studio. Because of this, there are some who have a hangover of sorts with Raya and the Last Dragon— and they are now looking for similar films that are inspired by Asian cultures. (Read: Meet the Asian Women Who Will Voice ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’)
My Pope Philippines is listing some animated movies that are just that, which both kids and adults can watch at home!
Asian-Inspired Animation Movies: Kung Fu Panda
Kung Fu Panda is a 2008 animated adventure film that stars Jack Black as Po the Panda. Po is chosen as the ‘Dragon Warrior,’ a legendary prodigy that is able to master the highest level of kung fu and believe in oneself at the same time.
Evident in its title, Kung Fu Panda is inspired by the traditional Chinese martial arts. “Kung Fu” means ‘acquired skill’ when literally translated, but over the years has been associated with the martial art itself.
Asian-Inspired Animation Movies: Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6 is a 2014 movie based on the Marvel comic of the same name, where the adorable inflatable robot ‘Baymax’ came from. The film centers on Hiro Hamada, a robotics prodigy, who avenges his brother’s (Tadashi) death with the help of Baymax. He then teams up with a couple more tech geniuses to form a team of high-tech superheroes.
In the movie, Hiro and Tadashi are only half-Japanese, but in the comics, they are full Japanese. (Read: 5 Unique Japanese Principles That Everyone Should Follow)
Asian-Inspired Animation Movies: Mulan
Mulan is a Disney classic from 1998, and is one of the most popular Disney Princesses until now. The movie is inspired by Chinese culture, and the real legend of Chinese folk heroine Hua Mulan from the Northern and Southern Dynasties era.
In the film, Mulan disguises herself as a man to take her father’s place in the army as he has no male heirs. This is what the legend of Hua Mulan also says— she takes her aging father’s place in the army to avoid him risking his life.