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Descendants is an original contemporary story of classic Disney characters reinvented and the introduction of modern Disney lore. I had the chance to watch this with my eight-year-old son. While he enjoyed the movie (he thought it was hilarious and liked the dance moves) he didn’t know the backstories of the parents. He never really watched the “classic” Disney movies as I did, so he was unaware of who Cruella de Vil, Maleficent or even Beauty and the Beast characters were. He did recognize a few of in the cast who play the kids from the current TV shows though.
As a parent having to sit through this was tough only through a few of the “musical scenes”. The lip-syncing seemed to be very transparent. The story overall was one that teaches kids that they have a choice of how how they want to behave. Here is the cast of characters:
In a present-day idyllic kingdom, 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 offspring 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, Evie, 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?