A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some problem solving, teamwork.
Help your friends. True love is worth the effort. Don't run away from your mistakes. Don't give up on your family. Work as a team to get great results.
Positive Role Models
Adults lost tempers but try to make amends. Friends help friends make it through challenges.
The characters in this show have different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, though the leads are White. Females take the lead here, and express their power and skill.
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Violence & Scariness
Some images of fire, mean faces, dragons blowing fire. References to Hades as a devil (he lives at "Club 666").
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Products & Purchases
References to Snow White and other Descendants installments.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Descendants: The Royal Wedding is an animated show that is meant to be a special installment of the Descendants franchise. There is mild peril in the form of falls, chases, and people escaping fire. Some characters delight in being mean to another character, implying that this character deserves bad treatment because "he's the worst." Some musical numbers and wedding-themed events.
Is It Any Good?
This special has a short window of time to scratch a couple of itches. Ben and Mal are getting married-- and any Disney franchise wedding has got to be over the top: there's royalty involved, after all. But these royals are different-- there are villians in the mix, who are trying not to be horrible. That's a lot to pack into twenty-two minutes.
Though the voice acting in Descendants: The Royal Wedding is lovely, and the short script pretty compelling, the animation is sub-par. There are old-school Scooby Doo shows from the 1970s that boast better animation than this Disney installation. And if the franchise is trying to bring jerky, lo-fi effects back into vogue, they have set the bar pretty low. Fans can close their eyes and get some rewards from the great musical number at the end, but parents will wonder why there's such dissonance between the high-quality voice acting and the womp-womp visuals.
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