Disney Karaoke: Descendants

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Evil's never been so fun with sing-and-dance-along tunes.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Simple commands; sleek interface is easy to navigate.

Violence & Scariness

Songs are about villains and their kids, so there's mention of evil and bad guys.

Sexy Stuff

One love song mentions a kiss.

Language
Consumerism

Paid app includes in-app purchases. Information section requires an adult's birth date to access and includes ads and links for other apps and the Descendants ebook. App is based on movie with same name.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Disney Karaoke: Descendants is based on a movie and lets kids sing and dance along to songs from the Disney Channel film. The movie and the songs featured are about the children of villains from Disney movies, so there is a dark, sassy tone to some songs such as "Rotten to the Core" and "Evil Like Me" ("They say I'm trouble. They say I'm bad. They say I'm evil. And that makes me glad"). "Did I Mention" features some romance ("I would give my kingdom for just one kiss"). It's Disney-clean, though, catering to older kids and tweens. Kids can record and save video and audio of themselves. Though there are no sharing options in-app, kids can save their recordings to the device's camera roll and share from there.

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What's it about?

DISNEY KARAOKE: DESCENDANTS lets you sing along to tunes from The Descendants plus four other songs from Descendants: Wicked World. Some songs include dance moves for singers to mimic while they sing, as lyrics run along the bottom of the screen, karaoke-style. Recordings can be saved to the in-app library and shared from there, or kids can skip saving if they want. The camera can be front-facing or rear-facing so kids can record themselves or friends.

Is it any good?

Combining music from a much-hyped Disney movie with videos of themselves singing may be a tween’s dream, and it certainly makes for sleepover fun. There's quite a bit of versatility that will keep kids entertained: adding frames, shooting from the front camera or back camera on the device, and adding dance moves. You can't see the lyrics when using the back camera, but the songs are catchy enough that kids won't need them after a listen or two. Parents might not appreciate that, even with such a pricey app, there are still in-app purchases to unlock some of the frames.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the messages in the movie and the songs. Is it OK to rebel against parents or other authority figures if what they expect of you is negative?

  • Ask kids which is their favorite song and why. Do you identify with the lyrics or find them interesting for other reasons?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $5.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid (different backgrounds available for in-app purchase)
  • Release date: July 30, 2015
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Topics: Music and Sing-Along
  • Size: 81.70 MB
  • Publisher: Disney
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later

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