Disney's Descendants: Teen Children of Famous Villains Go to School

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Disney's Descendants: Teen Children of Famous Villains Go to School

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Move over, Mean Girls - Meet the sons and daughters of Jafar, Maleficent, The Evil Queen and Cruella DeVille

Disney Channel has revealed the first cast photo of the main characters in its upcoming TV movie (likely hoped to be the start of a franchise and/or series) Disney's Descendants, showing off a fierce foursome looking very much like modern-day incarnations of their (in)famous parents.

The film's high-concept premise takes place in Audoran, a modern day kingdom inhabited by the good characters from the Mouse House's animated fairytale films - having exiled the various defeated Disney villains to an island prison. The story's conceit is that the kingdom's new leader Ben, son of Queen Belle and King Beast, aims to mend fences with the baddies by allowing their teenage offspring the opportunity to attend an elite prep school that previously only admitted the "good guys'" kids.

The characters pictured (clockwise from top left) are Jay, son of Jafar, Carlos DeVille, Evie, daughter of Snow White's Evil Queen, and Mal, whose mom is having kind of a big year. Most of the actors are Disney Channel fixtures or newcomers, though you may recognize Booboo Stewart ("Jay,") from Twilight or X-Men: Days of Future Past.

The film will presumably be based around complications faced by the titular Descendants attempt to integrate with their classmates, many of whom are the children of their parents' heroic nemeses. Currently confirmed to appear are the aforementioned Ben, Fairy Godmother's daughter Jane, Sleeping Beauty's daughter Audrey, Cinderella's son Chad, Mulan's daughter Lonnie, and a character named Doug described as "the son of Dopey."

Directed by High School Musical's Kenny Ortega from a screenplay by writers from Desperate Housewives, Disney's Descendants is scheduled to debut in 2015.

Source: Slashfilm

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This can only be the end result of very scary fanfiction.

I don't know why but I'm hoping this will be good...oh who am I kidding it's going to be garbage.

It's gonna bomb. I mean, don't get me wrong, I actually sort of like the concept, but still... doomed. I don't think it'll manage the sort of careful writing that'd be needed to show these characters as rough but still relatable, and bullies are not an appreciated group in this day and age (fortunately).

MovieBob:
and a character named Doug described as "the son of Dopey."

Ohhhhhhhh, so THAT'S where

came from! It all makes sense now!

So what's gonna be the deal with the daughter of the Fairy Godmother? Is she going have reality-breaking magic powers?

Directed by High School Musical's Kenny Ortega from a screenplay by writers from Desperate Housewives...

And thats where i lost interest. Better luck next time Disney.

Oh lord, this is going to be one hell of a train wreck... and chances are, my girlfriend is going to force me to watch it.

Hey wow, we finally get to see what the theoretical spawn of Cruella and Sauron is like (order of the stick)

First question: WHAT?!

Second question: THE FUCK?!?

I honestly don't know what to make of this. This sounds more like fan-fiction you'd find online. Only Disney is serious in making this for real.

Is this going for drama but with some elements of humor or one of those God awful Disney comedies like Dog With a Blog? Or is everyone gonna bust out in song ala High School Musical?

My brain cannot process this right now.

Clearly I'm in the severe minority here, but I actually kind of dig this. Both the concept and how it looks. I mean, true, given the High School Musical connection and the fact that there is the direct connection to the Disney films I'm more than a little worried there are going to be moments where they burst into song (Please no), however if they can avoid that I think there's a really good chance this will work.

If it's one thing Disney has proven over the last couple of years it's taking crazy concepts and making them work. True there have been flubs (Tron Legacy, John Carter, Lone Ranger) but when it comes to most things under the Iger Regime it's been win after win. Even Maleficent, for all it's issues, has done quite well at the Box Office and in retail with it's various toys and other merchandise at high sales. Not the least of which is Disney long success record with live action shows on their specific cable networks.

And given how much I'm a fan of universes like 'Fables' and 'Ever After High' and, yes, even 'Once Upon A Time' I'd really like to see this work and succeed. So, yeah, hat's off to 'em. At the least the actors and their character designs look pretty great and very Marvel inspired.

i want to know who the other parent is.
or are they like clones of the one named parent?
that would make for an interesting story; the villians falling
in love and having a baby.

Seriously? No Gaston offspring? Who's going to be the Jock then?

...Okay, I admit I'm a curious (and more than a bit interested)... but I think I'm gonna have to wait and see how it turns out...

Wow... So, Jafar actually got laid?
And Cruella as well?

Huh...

That said, I don't really watch live-action Disney stuff and the few things I did see I really disliked, so... Yeah.

MovieBob:
and a character named Doug described as "the son of Dopey."

I was all "nope nope nope" up to this point.

Now I'm going to drag all my friends to the theater.

lord's voken:
i want to know who the other parent is.
or are they like clones of the one named parent?
that would make for an interesting story; the villians falling
in love and having a baby.

This. Who slept with Jafar? Before or after he became a Genie? Who would be dumb enough to sleep with a Disney villain? Also, all of the characters are from drastically different time periods and places so how do their kids go to the same school? Kingdom Hearts High?

You know what? I am not actually bothered by the concept. I'm not bothered by the cast, or the writers. That train wreck will sort itself out. Disney wants a Kids Bop version of Once, they can have it. Hell, worked for Equestria Girls. The only part in this that actually gets under my skin is calling Jafar's kid Jay. (Evie, short for Evil. Mal short for Malificent? Really, when you think about it, they're not named really). They really couldn't get a name that sounds like Jafar would actually have wrote on a birth certificate? Maybe Jaleel or Jabbaar or something..

By all logic Dopey's kid's name should be Dop if they continued on with this convention..

RatherDull:
I don't know why but I'm hoping this will be good...oh who am I kidding it's going to be garbage.

You want something similar that I think is good? Marvel's "The Runaways" (Has a similar plot, the main cast discover their parents are super villains) or "Gladstone's school for World Conquerers". (Think Teen Titans if they were supposedly super villains)

... This is the worst Idea I've ever heard! I mean... How did you come up with this terrible Idea first of all? Secondly, why are you going through with it? You're ruining Classic Villains by giving them lame kids! It's like when Shia LeBoufe was the lame son of Indiana Jones! Your just going to ruin classic Villains this way, not make them cooler.

Also, why would the evil Queen ever have a Daughter?! Her whole character in Snow White was I must be the prettiest woman in the Kingdom, and anyone who is a threat to me I must kill! Being the Prettiest Woman in the Kingdom, will mean your Daughter will eventually surpass you in looks, so she'd have to kill her (Unless she's an Ugly Inbred)!

This just blows my mind...

This looks hilarious. I've long since stopped hoping for more Lizzie or Raven quality shows. If it wasn't a Disney Channel production, I would hope for some self-awareness or wit. The villains tend to be the more interesting characters in children's movies, anyway.

I certainly won't mind watching that Carlos Deville stud. Rawr.

GamerMage:
You want something similar that I think is good? Marvel's "The Runaways" (Has a similar plot, the main cast discover their parents are super villains) or "Gladstone's school for World Conquerers". (Think Teen Titans if they were supposedly super villains)

Or try Worm for something a bit more dark than these, with the same teenage supervillain team theme.

(Warning: Worm is extremely long).

I...this just sounds so stupid I can't even being to formulate a proper, reasoned response.

I think that this could work... if it wasn't being produced by the Disney Channel. I have a little sister, which means that I've had to sit through their programming, and it's generally (aside from some bright spots like Phineas & Ferb or Gravity Falls) pretty terrible. I can't imagine this being anything more than corny teen angst that basically avoids any of the interesting concepts that this movie could approach.

Also, I call it in advance: Jafar's kid is going to have a pet lion cub named Pockmark, or Paper-cut.

they look like new age punks, hm. :/ The concept isn't bad though, could work.

If this was, say, 4 fans cosplaying, that'd be cool, but as an official venture, Jesus Christ how horrifying. And apparently directed and written by horrible people as well. I know Disney is Disney but fuck. Have some integrity.

I wasn't going to watch it anyway, it's just kind of vaguely sad.

i hereby label this series "Disney goes emo"...

The Rogue Wolf:
It's gonna bomb. I mean, don't get me wrong, I actually sort of like the concept, but still... doomed. I don't think it'll manage the sort of careful writing that'd be needed to show these characters as rough but still relatable, and bullies are not an appreciated group in this day and age (fortunately).

Pretty much all of this. The idea sounds interesting but I really, really doubt they'll be able to pull it off without it turning into a train wreck the likes of which rarely happen.

Like someone else said, if this was just a fan effort, I'd be a hell of a lot more forgiving about it but what the hell Disney? When I saw the picture I thought it was some kinda cosplay thing about the next Kingdom Hearts game.

Dove looks really good in purple as Mal.

This is intriguing, but something tells me it's gonna be far from my demographic.

1. It's nice to see they got the Kingdom Hearts guys to come in on the show and do costume design.

2. Dopey has a son? Therein lies some Rule 34 that I never want to know about.

I like how the son of Jafar, a manipulative wizard-y character, is built like a brick shithouse. Somebody did not follow in daddy's footsteps, that's for sure.

Unless he was concieved during that whole 'Came back as a muscle-bound demonic genie' phase Jafar went through... which begs the question, who the hell is the mum?

The fashion looks very 90's. Early Power Rangers style.

I don't know anything about the Disney channel or the stuff they put on it though. Is it a cable channel?

If I ever watch this, I'm going to be laughing my ass off for all the wrong reasons.

It looks awful. The costume design is... just awful. I don't know why, but I want this to fail so hard.

Andrew Siribohdi:
This can only be the end result of very scary fanfiction.

No, this IS horrible fanfiction. Let's see, a story about a next generation (check) of characters from various stories (check) in a giant crossover that makes absolutely no sense from the narratives of any of the stories in question (check) going to highschool (DING DING, WE HAVE A LOSER!)

Also, look at those costumes, they are HORRIBLE. It's like they robbed some final fantasy cosplayers, or stole their designs from original characters on DeviantArt. Also, what is up with those knuckle hole gloves? If I didn't have the key, I would be at a loss of who each of these guys parents are supposed to be. I might of figured out that Jafar's son is the one that isn't paste white. Also, who is the asswipe in the corner with the red shirt? The bastard child of Cruella de Vil and Iago?

Shanicus:
I like how the son of Jafar, a manipulative wizard-y character, is built like a brick shithouse. Somebody did not follow in daddy's footsteps, that's for sure.

Unless he was concieved during that whole 'Came back as a muscle-bound demonic genie' phase Jafar went through... which begs the question, who the hell is the mum?

I have a feeling that trying to apply logic here is a task of complete futility. X_X

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