Raya and the Last Dragon has been out for a few weeks now and a few easter eggs have began to start popping up around the web. I’ve rounded up some of the best Easter eggs and a few I’ve found myself!
I recently wrote a piece comparing Raya and the Last Dragon to Mulan and Moana, looking at the obvious similarities between the three films, but I’m unsure how I missed this one! Redditor u/DiFaz07 pointed out that in the scene where Raya first arrives to the land of Talon, Hei Hei (the chicken from Moana) can actually be spotted next to a street vendor!
Whilst it could be argued that this could potentially be any chicken, the pose and coconut bowl on top of his head is remarkably similar to that of Hei Hei at the beginning of Moana! As an added bonus, the voice actor Alan Tudyk, who voices Tuk Tuk in Raya and the Last Dragon, also voiced Hei Hei in Moana!
Another (potential) Moana easter egg here, in the form of the Tail Tribe. If you look closely at the symbol on the Tail Tribe’s flag, there appears to be a spiral like shape which I’m guessing is the emblem for their tribe. In Moana, the symbol of the Motunui tribe is also a similar spiral shape and can be found on their boats’ sails!
Whilst the symbol for the Motunui tribe is a little larger than that of Tail Tribe’s, it would still be cool to think that the Motunui tribe once originated from Kumandra as the Tail Tribe! As we learnt in Moana, the Motunui tribe were once voyagers – could they have voyaged from Kumandra to Motunui? Could their history of seafaring have anything to do with the water protecting them from the deadly Druun, as seen in Raya and the Last Dragon?
Similar to the Hei Hei easter egg, is it possible that Miguel’s’ dog Dante, from the film Coco, can also be seen in the market square of Talon? Shortly after Hei Hei can be spotted in the bustling street of Talon, Raya begins to chase the “con baby” and the Ongis and just as the camera pans to Tuk Tuk, we can see a suspicious looking dog in the shot!
Whilst this dog does have some resemblance to Dante from the Pixar film Coco, I’m a little sceptical that it is actually him. Hei Hei’s easter egg looks much more plausible given the mannerisms of both chickens in Moana and Raya and the Last Dragon. That being said, the street markets and bright colours are a little reminiscent of the vibrancy of colours in Coco.
Have you spotted any easter eggs in Raya and the Last Dragon? Let me know in the comments!
Raya and the Last Dragon is now available to stream on Disney+ Premier Access. Alternatively it will be free for all Disney+ subscribers on June 4.