Animated Short ‘Us Again’ To Debut Before ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

We’re less than a month away from the premiere of Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon. Now we have news about the short that will premiere ahead of it. Directed by Zach Parrish, Us Again will feature choreography by world-renowned and award-winning dancers Keone and Mari Madrid. You can learn more about their work here.

The short will only be available in theaters before Raya and the Last Dragon in March and to wider audiences on Disney+ in June. According to Disney, the short will also be told entirely without dialogue and set in a vibrant city pulsating with rhythm and movement reminiscent of the mid-60s.

“Working with Keone and Mari was the key to making this film work,” recalls Parrish. “From the very beginning, I knew that I wanted this film to be music driven. And I felt that dance is a universal language that can translate into any culture. I loved that their dance style felt like it was made for animation, and that there was this genuine, honest and organic connection between them because they were actually a married couple in real life. The story itself was inspired by my own grandparents, who faced getting older in different ways, along with my own physical limitations in playing sports resulting from getting older and injuries. I started thinking about how someone might look at the world differently as things change and they grow older.”

Us Again is the studio’s first new theatrical short since Inner Workings before Moana in 2016.

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