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April 25, 2017

Disney Channel's Descendants 2 update: soundtrack preview and new sweepstakes

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We’re inching closer to the summer release of Disney Channel’s highly anticipated “Descendants 2,” and with that, some exciting information about our favorite wayward children of Disney’s popular villains. First, the release date has been announced -- July 21. Second, the movie will be available on five networks simultaneously – Disney Channel, Disney XD, ABC, Freeform and Lifetime.

The soundtrack, which also will be available July 21, can be pre-ordered now, and fans who do this will immediately be able to download four of the singles. They are: “Ways to be Wicked,” “Better Togather,” “Evil” and “Rather Be.” The last three comes from “Descendants: Wicked World,” which are animated shorts that air on Disney Channel.


The rest of the album track list includes:
“What’s My Name”
“Chillin’ Like a Villain”
“Space Between”
“It’s Goin Down”
“You and Me”
“Kiss the Girl”
“Pour Unfortunate Souls”

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Fans also can get into that wicked spirit by entering the Disney Descendants 2 and You Sweepstakes. The grand prize is a trip to Los Angeles for one lucky winner and three guests. They will be transformed into the Descendants 2 characters of their choice and meet actors Sofia Carson and Cameron Boyce. The three-day/two-night trip will be showcased on Disney Channel. Fifty first-prize winners will each receive $100 Best Western Travel Cards redeemable at any Best Western branded hotel.

You must be between the ages of 6 and 18 at the time of entry and a legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia to enter. Contestants can enter at Disney.com/you for free, through the Disney Channel app or text the word “YOU” to 347639. Standard text message and data charges may apply. One entry per day is allowed, regardless of method. The sweepstakes ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on Sept. 3, 2017. Click here for Official Rules.

Disney Channel is describing Descendants 2 this way: “When the pressure to be royally perfect becomes too much for Mal, she returns to her rotten roots on the Isle of the Lost where her archenemy Uma, the daughter of Ursula from The Little Mermaid, has taken her spot as self-proclaimed queen of the run-down town. Uma, still resentful over not being selected by Ben to go to Auradon Prep with the other Villain Kids, stirs her pirate gang including Captain Hook's son Harry and Gaston's son Gil, to break the barrier between the Isle of the Lost and Auradon, and unleash all the villains imprisoned on the Isle once and for all.”

Booboo Stewart, Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson and Cameron Boyce will reprise their roles as Jay (son of Jafar), Mal (daughter of Maleficent), Evie (daughter of the Evil Queen) and Carlos (son of Cruella de Vil), respectively. Kristin Chenoweth returns as Maleficent, too. Plus, newcomers Thomas Doherty (Harry, the son of Peter Pan's Captain Hook), China Anne McClain (Uma, daughter of The Little Mermaid's Ursula) and Dylan Playfair (son of Beauty and The Beast’s Gaston) join the cast.

Kenny Ortega returns as the director, executive producer and choreographer of the sequel, which is as much of an early indicator of success as you can get. After all, Ortega is the force behind Disney Channel’s biggest franchise, “High School Musical.” Since its debut, “Descendants” ranks as cable television’s fifth highest-rated movie of all-time. It only falls behind “High School Musical 2” as the most-watched movie on Disney Channel.


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January 21, 2017

What are the Villain Kids up to in Disney Channel's Descendants 2?

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With the release of Descendants 2 on the horizon – this summer! – it’s time to check in with Disney Channel for an update on the much-anticipated sequel.

In the fall, we found out about three evil additions to the group of Disney villains’ offspring:

** Harry, the son of Peter Pan's Captain Hook, will be played by Thomas Doherty.

** Uma, daughter of The Little Mermaid's Ursula, will be played by veteran Disney Channel actor China Anne McClain.

** Gil, son of Beauty and The Beast’s Gaston, will be played by Dylan Playfair.

Now, Disney Channel is telling us more about how they fit into the sequel’s storyline: “When the pressure to be royally perfect becomes too much for Mal, she returns to her rotten roots on the Isle of the Lost where her archenemy Uma, the daughter of Ursula from The Little Mermaid, has taken her spot as self-proclaimed queen of the run-down town. Uma, still resentful over not being selected by Ben to go to Auradon Prep with the other Villain Kids, stirs her pirate gang including Captain Hook's son Harry and Gaston's son Gil, to break the barrier between the Isle of the Lost and Auradon, and unleash all the villains imprisoned on the Isle once and for all.”

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Plus, we’re getting our first look at the Descendants 2 movie poster and a teaser trailer.

OhMy.Disney.com describes the trailer this way: “The teaser starts with Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay, who are all looking cooler than ever. We then get a quick look at Mal surrounded by flames, Evie throwing papers in the air, and the rest of the cast busting out some seriously cool dance moves. Most adorable moment: Carlos hugging a dog. Most wicked moment: the brief glimpse of Uma, Ursula’s daughter, at the very end of the teaser trailer. Her evil laughter, combined with her flawless hair and outfit absolutely gave us chills! We can’t wait to see more of Uma.”

In the original Descendants, the story explored the premise that the Disney villains (and some heroes) had children. The group was granted permission by the benevolent teenage son of King Adam and Queen Belle to leave the remote Isle of the Lost where they had been banished and attend prep school with the Disney heroes' kids. This, of course, led to a battle of good versus evil set amidst the backdrop of typical teenage angst.

Booboo Stewart, Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson and Cameron Boyce will reprise their roles as Jay (son of Jafar), Mal (daughter of Maleficent), Evie (daughter of the Evil Queen) and Carlos (son of Cruella de Vil), respectively. Kristin Chenoweth returns as Maleficent, too.

Kenny Ortega returns as the director, executive producer and choreographer of the sequel, which is as much of an early indicator of success as you can get. After all, Ortega is the force behind Disney Channel’s biggest franchise, “High School Musical.” Since its debut, “Descendants” ranks as cable television’s fifth highest-rated movie of all-time. It only falls behind “High School Musical 2” as the most-watched movie on Disney Channel.



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August 25, 2016

Disney Channel's 'Descendants 2' news: brand-new characters, third prequel novel & Halloween costumes

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As filming of Disney Channel’s “Descendants 2” gets underway this month, three new characters and the actors who will play them have been revealed.

The latest additions are offspring of additional Disney villains:

** Harry, the son of Peter Pan's Captain Hook, will be played by Thomas Doherty.

** Uma, daughter of The Little Mermaid's Ursula, will be played by veteran Disney Channel actor China Anne McClain.

** Gil, son of Beauty and The Beast’s Gaston, will be played by Dylan Playfair.

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Fans of the record-setting, made-for-television original movie, “Descendants,” will be happy to know that all their favorite main characters are returning to the sequel. Booboo Stewart, Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson and Cameron Boyce will reprise their roles as Jay (son of Jafar), Mal (daughter of Maleficent), Evie (daughter of the Evil Queen) and Carlos (son of Cruella de Vil), respectively. Kristin Chenoweth returns as Maleficent, too.

“Descendants” explores the premise that the Disney villains (and some heroes) had children. The group is granted permission by the benevolent teenage son of King Adam and Queen Belle to leave the remote Isle of the Lost where they had been banished and attend prep school with the Disney heroes' kids. This, of course, leads to a battle of good versus evil set amidst the backdrop of typical teenage angst.

The movie would appear to have a happy ending -- after a large-scale musical production number – but Mal, with a wink, talks directly to the camera, promising the tale is not over. So, we assume that is where “Descendants 2” will pick up.

Kenny Ortega returns as the director, executive producer and choreographer of the sequel, which is as much of an early indicator of success as you can get. After all, Ortega is the force behind Disney Channel’s biggest franchise, “High School Musical.” Since its debut, “Descendants” ranks as cable television’s fifth highest-rated movie of all-time. It only falls behind “High School Musical 2” as the most-watched movie on Disney Channel. Those are some impressive statistics!

“Descendants 2” is scheduled for a summer 2017 release. In the meantime, fans of the Disney characters can immerse themselves in their world through other avenues. Two prequel novels – “The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel” and “Return to the Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel” – have topped best-seller lists. And Disney Publishing Worldwide just announced a third novel by Melissa de la Cruz with an expected release date in May 2017.

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More immediately, kids can get their “Descendants” fix with Halloween costumes, which seem to be quite popular again this year. I spotted these Mal and Evie costumes at Walt Disney World last weekend. They come in children’s sizes extra-small (4) to extra-large (11-12) and can be purchased on property or through the Shop Disney Parks app for about $55 plus tax apiece. The Disney Store, which has mall locations and an online site, has its own collection of “Descendants” costumes.

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My tween daughter's favorite moment of the 2015 D23 Expo: Meeting the 'Descendants' cast! Will they return for the 2017 D23 Expo?



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October 24, 2015

Disney Channel to air sequel to 'Descendants' in spring 2017

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Fans of Disney Channel’s popular made-for-television movie, “Descendants,” can look forward to a sequel, the network has announced. Although a release date was not been provided, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that “Descendants 2” (working title) will air in the spring of 2017.

“Descendants” explores the premise that the Disney villains (and some heroes) had children. The main characters – Jay (Booboo Stewart), Evie (Sofia Carson), Carlos (Cameron Bryce) and Mal (Dove Cameron) – are the offspring of Jafar, the Evil Queen, Cruella de Vil and Maleficent, respectively. The group is granted permission by the benevolent teenage son of King Adam and Queen Belle to leave the remote Isle of the Lost where they had been banished and attend prep school with the Disney heroes' kids. This, of course, leads to a battle of good versus evil set amidst the backdrop of typical teenage angst.

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The original movie’s screenwriters, Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon, will pen the sequel and also serve as executive producers on the new project. Principal actors – including the four teens and Kristin Chenoweth as Maleficent – are expected to return, the newspaper reports.

Since its debut, “Descendants” ranks as cable television’s fifth highest-rated movie of all-time. It only falls behind “High School Musical 2” as the most-watched movie on Disney Channel. And it’s no coincidence that both Disney Channel shows were directed by Kenny Orega.

Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide, said in a press release, “By almost every measure – domestically and globally – ‘Descendants’ has already become one of the biggest entertainment properties of the year, and we’re eager to delve deeper into the unfolding mythology of Auradon and Isle of the Lost. This kind of compelling, innovative storytelling, alongside our animated ‘Descendants: Wicked World’ shorts and unique transmedia campaign, continues to lay the groundwork for multiple franchise opportunities across virtually every line of business at The Walt Disney Company.”

Clearly, the fact that “Descendants” is profitable on multiple Disney platforms was integral to the approval of the sequel. Marsh told The Wall Street Journal, “What we were looking for is a metric much stronger and longer-term than the number of viewers.”

Consumers can purchase related books, the soundtrack, clothing, Halloween costumes, dolls and other toys with the ‘Descendants’ characters. And more is on the way. In May 2016, author Melissa de la Cruz will release another book in the series, “Return to the Isle of the Lost.” (She wrote a prequel novel for the movie.) Fans also can watch animated shorts based on the “Descendants” characters on TV and online.



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