Disney Channel Premieres the Movie Musical Fantasy “Descendants”

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26 July 2015
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Descendents
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“Descendants”
Debuts Friday, July 31 at 8 PM ET/PT on Disney Channel

          With a knowing wink at traditional fairy tales, Disney’s “Descendants” fuses castles with classrooms to create a contemporary, music-driven story about the challenges adolescent offspring face in living up to parental and peer expectations. With unexpected characterization, plot twists and turns, and dashes of wry humor, the movie is designed to appeal to kids and grownups alike as its story playfully presents the possibilities of what happened after the “happily ever after.”

          Driven by exciting music and performance, the story is set in the idyllic kingdom of Auradon where Ben, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from “Beauty and the Beast”), is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay, the trouble-making offspring of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Cruella de Vil and Jafar, who have been imprisoned on the forbidden Isle of the Lost for 20 years. These villainous descendants are allowed into Auradon for the first time to attend prep school alongside the teenage progeny of Fairy Godmother, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Mulan. Only time will tell if these evil teens follow in the footsteps of their wicked parents!

          As these sons and daughters of evil meet the children of goodness, their story incorporates empowering themes about self-confidence, finding the beauty within, freedom of choice, personal responsibility, teamwork, justice and empathy.

          Kenny Ortega, the Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer of Disney’s “High School Musical” franchise, directs, choreographs and executive-produces the movie.

          The contemporary soundtrack includes six original songs ranging from electronic dance music (EDM) to a ballad and an urban pop rendition of “Be Our Guest” (from “Beauty and the Beast”).
Descendants
Photo: Disney Channel/Jack Rowland
          Starring are: Dove Cameron (“Liv and Maddie”) as Mal, the daughter of Maleficent; Booboo Stewart (“X-Men Days of Future Past”) as Jay, the son of Jafar; Sofia Carson as Evie, the daughter of the Evil Queen; and Cameron Boyce (“Jessie,” “Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything”) as Carlos, the son of Cruella de Vil. Mitchell Hope stars as Ben, the son of Belle and the Beast. Bringing their acclaimed talent in comedy and improvisation, are Tony-Award winner Kristin Chenoweth (“Wicked,” “Glee”) as Maleficent, Kathy Najimy (“Hocus Pocus”) as the Evil Queen, Wendy Raquel Robinson (“The Game”) as Cruella de Vil and Maz Jobrani (“The Interpreter”) as Jafar.
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