They’re not BAD! They’re just BORN that way!
Fast forward to the nearest future of a ‘happy ever after’ world where the sons and daughters of Disney heroes, prince, princesses and villains have all grown and the whole kingdom was divided into the peaceful and luxurious Auradon and the next-to-miserable condition of the magically isolated Isle of the Lost.
This is the premise of the newest Disney Channel original movie presentation that will premiere here in the Philippines on September 13 (Sunday) at 11 in the morning.
I must admit that I am a big fan of Disney original movies, from their classic 2D cartoon full length features, awesome Pixar animated films and very entertaining teen-oriented musicals like High School Musical, Teen Beach Movie and Camp Rock. I love all the stories, the songs and the dance choreography.
Descendants premiered in the US last July 31 and has gotten a lot of positive reviews from viewers not only for its original concept but also for its cross-border entertainment value.
Emmy award-winning director and choreographer Kenny Ortega has his hands full on this one because unlike “High School Musical” which he also directed, Descendants had to create new original fictional characters based on classic Disney animated fairy tale characters which will be like designing a new Disney Kingdom that would determine future stories and merchandises. Not to mention, everything he did in this movie and about to do in the sequels will be under a gigantic microscope of criticism from classic Disney fans.
Ortega however did a fantastic job with Descendants – from the costume to the music and choreography, I am sure that it will be a magical experience for the young and the young at heart.
I was invited to attend the Philippine movie premiere of Disney Descendants last Saturday (September 5) held at the Shangri-la Mall Cineplex. My daughter Sky was very excited, she’s been talking about the new Disney Channel original movie for weeks already – she was like orienting me with the four lead characters almost every single day so when movie time Saturday happened I was more or less ‘briefed’ already about who they are and who their parents are.
Here’s Sky at the Shang Cineplex for the Disney Descendants Premiere:
I mentioned knowing about the lead character’s parents because that is actually the most crucial piece of information you’ll need to focus on while watching the movie.
MAL played by Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie) is the pretty and strong-willed daughter of the villain MALEFICENT (played by Kristin Chenoweth of Glee and Wicked).
Here are their parents – Malifecent, Evil Queen, Jafar and Cruella De Vil:
Aside from the troublesome foursome, Disney Descendants also features the sons and daughters of classic fairy tale prince, princess, heroes and side kicks. Here are some that might ring a bell:
- BEN played by Mitchell Hope is the prince son of Auradon Kingdom ruler Belle and Beast.
- JANE played by Brenna D’Amico is the daughter of Fairy Godmother.
- DOUG played by Zachary Gibson is the son of Dopey (one of Snow White’s Seven Dwarfs).
- CHAD played by Jedidiah Goodacre is the son of Cinderella and Prince Charming.
- AUDREY played by Sarah Jeffrey is the daughter of Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) and Prince Phillip.
- LONNIE played by Dianne Doan is the daughter of Mulan.
Poised to take the throne, BEN’s first decree was to allow four chosen young people from the Isle of the Lost to come and study in Auradon – like an exchange student (only the people of Auradon would not take a risk of sending their own children to the Isle of the Lost where all the evil and nasty villains and their cohorts live in exile and forbidden to leave via a powerful magic spell that only the wand of the Fairy Godmother can break.
The question then is will Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos follow in the footsteps of their wicked parents or will they chart their own course at Auradon. The story of Descendants incorporates empowering themes about self-confidence, finding the beauty within, freedom of choice, personal responsibility, teamwork, justice and empathy.
No spoilers here, but what I can tell you about the movie is that it’s done in the good ‘old fashion Disney fairy tale way – it will have a Happy Ending.
There are more unnamed characters in the film and I guess they will all be revealed one by one in the sequel. I am very much interested to know if Melody (the daughter of Ariel and Prince Eric in ‘The Little Mermaid’) will make an appearance, as well as the other magical creatures that we all learn to love in the Disney animated classics.
Old School, New Sound
And what’s a great Disney teen-oriented movie without MUSIC? Here’s a list of the songs that you’ll be singing and grooving along to while watching:
- Rotten To The Core – the Edgy EDM inspired opening will definitely give audiences a taste of what life is like in the Isle of the Lost.
- Evil Like Me – added a touch of broadway in Descendants. With Kristin Chenoweth and Dove Cameron singing a “Mother Knows Best” type of duet that’s full of emotional turmoil.
- Did I Mention – is a cheer dance type of song performed in a Zac Efron manner by Mitchell Hope. It’s probably a worse nightmare for a school jock but hey, he’s under a magic love spell.
- If Only – this love-filled song shows the singer side of Dove Cameron.
- Set It Off – closes the whole story with all the cast strutting their stuff during the after coronation party, probably the most “High School Musical” part of the movie.
I asked SKY what she thought about the movie Descendants and all she can say was – “I’m gonna watch it again on September 13 on Disney Channel!” I guess that sums up my movie review pretty much!
Personally, I thought that the best part of the whole movie was the costumes of the four main characters. – Pretty Awesome! Kudos to designer Kara Saun (Project Runway) and her team!
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