A brand new movie is coming to television called “Descendants” and it is set in the world of fairy tale stories. While this might not seem like anything fresh in the wake of the overwhelming popularity of recent fairy tale adaptations, this one has the unique spin of taking place in the actual fairy tale world and focusing on the children of the infamous villains. According to Disney, who will air the show on the Disney Channel, the movie will feature the kids of Jafar, Maleficent, The Evil Queen and Cruella de Vil.
Here is a look at what fans of Disney fairy tale movies might expect from the new made-for-TV movie “Descendants.”
The first thing that fans might want to do is explore the original source material to see the origin of these stories. Of course, Maleficent is the villain in “Sleeping Beauty” who cursed Aurora to die only to have the curse switched to a long sleep. The Evil Queen is from “Snow White,” a woman so vane that she refused to let anyone live that might be considered more beautiful than her. Jafar is the villain from “Aladdin,” who tries to steal the magic lamp to gain power, and Cruella de Vil is the evil woman from “101 Dalmatians,” who wanted to steal the puppies to make a fur coat.
A New Twist
What makes this new Disney movie so interesting is that it is taking the children of the original villains and thrusting them into the spotlight. The children of the villains are imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains in Disney fairy tale history. The new king, who happens to be the son of Belle and Beast, proclaims that the children can receive a chance for redemption if they attend school with the children of Disney heroes. These include the kids of Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Mulan and Rapunzel. What follows is a story of whether the children will reform or return to the evil ways of their parents.
The big problem with this movie is that it is just one of many re-imaginings of the classic Disney fairy tales in an updated format. It seems to have started with the movie “Enchanted,” where a Disney Princess is cursed and sent to our world, only to find the prince arrive and start looking for her to bring her back. In 2014, a brand new movie hit theaters in “Maleficent,” which tells the story from the witch’s point of view, similar to the “Wizard of Oz” spin-off “Wicked.” “Snow White and the Huntsman” also retold that story in a more action packed manner.
On TV, there is already “Once Upon a Time,” which brings the fairy tale characters to life in the real world, although in human forms. “Grimm” is another example, which takes the form of a detective series based in the world of fairy tale characters in our world. What “Descendants” has going for it is the fact that it is a Disney Channel movie, so it has a built in audience that should help separate it from the pack.