A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
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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?
- Premiere date: September 18, 2015
- Cast: Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson
- Network: Disney Channel
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Book Characters, Fairy Tales, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models
- TV rating: TV-G
- Available on: Streaming
- Last updated: April 25, 2020
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