It's almost here! Disney Channel is proud to debut its original movie, Descendants, an epic live-action adventure comedy that presents the teenage kids of Disney’s most infamous villains. My girls and I were lucky enough to screen the movie last week and I have to say, you and your kids will LOVE it.
Disney's Descendants is a contemporary, music-driven story that centers around Mal (Dove Cameron), Evie (Sofia Carson), Carlos (Cameron Boyce) and Jay (Booboo Stewart), the teenage descendants of Disney’s villains — Maleficent (Kristin Chenoweth), the Evil Queen (Kathy Najimy), Cruella de Vil (Wendy Raquel Robinson) and Jafar (Maz Jobrani). Chenoweth nails Maleficent in a fun, energetic, and just evil enough way and Najimy as the Evil Queen does a great job being silly, evil and vain all at the same time.
Set 20 years after all the villains have been imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost, the teenagers face challenges in living up to parental and peer expectations. Pressured to follow in their parents’ evil footsteps, the villain kids realize they can determine their own fate and decide if they want to be good or evil.
It's such a cool story and although my girls are still a little young to read the book my oldest is dying to read it. I enjoy a contemporary twist on a classic, and that's exactly what Descendants is, with a little High School Musical thrown in. The musical numbers are catchy, the emotion and story was easy to follow and of course, everyone loves a happy ending and plot twist. Oh and the style! That was our favorite part. I love love love the funky style. My girls have already decided that they need to be Mal and Evie for Halloween this year.
For the past few years my daughters have mostly watched animated films. But, they're growing up and now really love watching all of the shows on Disney Channel. They were really excited that Dove Cameron (Mal) of Liv and Maddie was in this movie. I remember the feeling of excitement when one of my favorite TV stars was in a new movie, I just had to watch it. As sad as it is that my girls are growing up, I like being able to relate to their feelings. It's kinda cool. Darn, Disney does it again, always making me feel the feelings.
Check out the trailer (as if you haven't seen it yet) and make sure to tune in to Disney Channel this Friday, July 31 at 8 PM!