Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Disney's Descendants

Out now on DVD is Disney’s Descendants which is directed by Kenny Ortega with executive producers Kenny Ortega and Weny Japhet; Produced by Tracey Jeffrey, written by Josie McGibbon and Sara Parriott; Choreographers Kenny Ortega and Paul Becker. This movie stars Kristin Chenoweth (“Wicked,” TV’s “Glee”) as Maleficent, Dove Cameron (TV’s “Liv & Maddie”) as Mal the daughter of Maleficent, Wendy Raquel Robinson (“The Game,” “Miss Congeniality”) as Cruella de Vil, Cameron Boyce (TV’s “Jessie”) as Carlos the son of Cruella de Vil, Maz Jobrani (“The Interpreter,” “13 Going on 30”) as Jafar, Booboo Stewart (“X-Men Days of Future Past,” “Twilight”) as Jay the son of Jafar, Kathy Nijimy (“WALL-E,” “Sister Act”) as the Evil Queen,Sofia Carson (TV’s “Austin & Ally”) as Evie the daughter of the Evil Queen, Mitchell Hope (“Down the Way,” “Yes Mum”) as Ben the son of Beast and Belle, Melanie Paxson (“Saving Mr. Banks,” “Happy Family”) as Fairy Godmother, Brenna D’Amico as Jane the daughter of Fairy Godmother, Sarah Jeffery (“Shades of Blue,” “Rogue”) as Audrey the daughter of Princess Aurora, Zachary Gibson (“Zapped”) as Doug the son of Dopey, Jedidiah Goodacre (“If There Be Thorns,” “Zapped”) as Chad Charming the son of Cinderella and Dianne Doan (“Last Night in Suburbia”) as Lonnie the daughter of Mulan.

This movie is about a present day idyllic kingdom, the benevolent teen-aged 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?

My Opinion: I thought this good movie and a twist on the classic fairytales to show their kids and what would they choose good or evil? It was very entertaining and a great family film.
The DVD I got to review included a Isle of The Lost Bracelet and bonus features which included Backstage Dance Rehearsals – which will have you dancing until you drop! Exclusive cast rehearsals with Director Kenny Ortega.
Bloopers- see Kristin Chenoweth and the cast goof up and crack up on the set
#Mal- a sneak peak at Mal’s story as seen through social media and much more.

Disclaimer: I was in no way compensated for this review and this is solely my own opinion which may differ from yours.

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