Disney Descendants

It rarely ends with “Happily ever after,” and Disney is exploring what happened after the credits rolled on some of their most beloved movies with the new tween-targeted TV movie ‘Descendants.’  The movie should easily prove a hit, following in the footsteps of pop culture hits like ‘High School Musical’ and ‘Teen Beach Movie,’ but the addition of classic Disney fairy tale elements should make this flick particularly intriguing.  (It should help that ‘Descendants’ is directed by Kenny Ortega, who previously helmed the three ‘High School Musical’ movies.)

The adult cast is pretty impressive: Kristin Chenoweth (Maleficent), Wendy Raquel Robinson (Cruella de Vil), Kathy Najimy (Evil Queen), and Maz Jobrani (Jafar), but their target audience probably doesn’t care much about them.  The Tiger Beat ready teen cast is typically clean cut, multi-ethnic and easy on the eyes in a non-threatening way.  The main cast consists of Mal, the daughter of Maleficent (Dove Cameron), Jafar’s son Jay (Booboo Stewart), Cruella de Vil’s son Carlos (Cameron Boyce), and the Evil Queen’s daughter Evie (Sofia Carson).

The movie centers on these offspring of evil tyrants being welcomed to a boarding school that the children of the Disney heroes attend.  Naturally, the transition doesn’t go smoothly.

Watch the trailer below:

Disney’s Descendants takes place in a present-day idyllic kingdom, where the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s iconic Beauty and the Beast) is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making spawn of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters. These villainous descendants (Carlos, Mal, Evvie and Jay, respectively) are allowed into the kingdom to attend prep school alongside the offspring of iconic Disney heroes including Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Mulan. However, the evil teens face a dilemma. Should they follow in their nefarious parents’ footsteps and help all the villains regain power, or embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?

It may seem like pure fluff compared to ‘Maleficent’ or even ‘Once Upon A Time’, but this is aimed at a different audience who should eat this up.

Will you (or your kids, nieces/nephews, etc.) be tuning in to this movie?

‘Descendants’ will air on Disney this summer.

Source: Slash Film