Descendants: Wicked World

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Short-form series teases movie characters' continuing story.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate. 

Positive Messages

Kids see the main characters -- former rule breakers and villains-in-training -- make conscious decisions to change their behavior and relate to people in positive ways. In so doing, they defy their parents' influence, but it's for good reason. Strong reminders of the importance of not judging a book by its cover.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mal can be snarky, and she plays by her own rules, but that's not necessarily a bad thing when it leads her to choose right over wrong. Some of the teens have difficulty seeing beyond the villain kids' pasts. 

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

These shorts don't make much sense without knowing the backstory, so kids will want to watch Descendants if they haven't. The characters inspired toys, books, and other products. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Descendants: Wicked World is a short-form animated follow-up to the Disney movie Descendants that follows the main characters' attempts to adjust to their transition from villains-in-training to average Auradon residents. Because of their time constraints (each episode comes in at just under two minutes), the stories don't always end with a sitcom's trademark neatness; rather they tease the audience enough to make them want to come back for the next installment. There's also the matter of marketing, as these animated characters bear even more resemblance to the many toys and accessories available for sale. On the upside, though, the show illustrates the value of considering a person's actions rather than his reputation before judging him, which is always a good message for kids. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6 and 11-year-old Written byramsar May 10, 2020

Bad Influence

Teaching Kids bad songs. My 6 year old watched a few clips on YouTube Kids. The next day, I asked her why she had not done some of her work. She said "... Continue reading
Adult Written byashaustrew September 2, 2018

Shallow & mindless

My 6yo asked to try this show because her friend is allowed to watch it, so we watched an episode together. It’s not inappropriate but it’s definitely not somet... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byLavaSeas July 23, 2016

Ruined the original storyline.

Disney could have done so much with the Descendants franchise. The movie was pretty good. THIS is what they thought of. The original characters turned into shal... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 11, 2020

Might not be perfect for kids easily influenced

Being 11, I personally love this show. It's given me hours of endless entertainment, but there are a few down falls. For kids under 10, the show might be a... Continue reading

What's the story?

Following Prince Ben's (voiced by Mitchell Hope) coronation, Mal (Dove Cameron), Evie (Sofia Carson), Carlos (Cameron Boyce), and Jay (Booboo Stewart) adjust to life in Auradon while their villainous parents return to the Isle of the Lost to plot revenge. Despite their best efforts to assimilate and Ben's unyielding faith in them, though, their past tendencies complicate relationships Audrey (Sarah Jeffery) and other Auradon residents. 

Is it any good?

The colorful, costumed Descendants characters lend themselves nicely to an animated format, and with the popular movie's cast providing all the voices, it's a fairly seamless transition. These shorts introduce some new characters to mix with returning favorites such as Ben and Audrey and revamp a handful of the movie's original songs. There also are the likable continuing themes about following your conscience and looking past a person's reputation to see what's truly in her heart before passing judgment.

What kids won't like about DESCENDANTS: WICKED WORLD is its length. At under two minutes long, these entertaining shorts are just enough to tease the audience, but they never really follow a plot from its beginning to a satisfying end, leaving viewers to wonder how things work out for the well-meaning but often understood Auradon transplants. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about to what degree Mal, Evie, and the others turn over a new leaf. Were they ever really villains? How do they show that they have good intentions now? Why don't some people believe they've changed?

  • Is it difficult to see past a person's appearance or to disregard things you've heard about her to form your own opinion based on her actions? Why is it important to do so? Kids: Have you ever been on the receiving end of a misjudgment by someone else? 

  • Kids: Does this short-form series work for you, or would you prefer the episodes were longer? What do you think was the creators' intent in choosing this unique format? 

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