Amidst all the chatter between giants including Netflix, Prime and the upcoming Disney+ that is now going to be the new hub of all things Disney, including the MCU and Star Wars films, we often tend to overlook that an additional realm of entertainment exists beyond the big screen and streaming, and that would be cable TV, the OG source of entertainment for us 90s kids that has continuously and surprisingly found new ways to stay relevant in the ever so digital age. And to be honest, we’d each be lying if we didn’t straightaway admit that we spent a majority of our times as kids on the Disney Channel: the OG source of all things coming from the mouse house. Yes, while we may have moved away to expanding our spectrum of where we seek our entertainment from, the Disney channel is still pretty alive and kickin’, and is still a major source of entertainment for a very defined group of audiences, with its original shows, cartoons, and the most profitable of them all, home movies.
Among all its many profitable properties, I find Disney’s ‘The Descendants’, a spin-off with a twist on the Disney princesses centred around their teenage children and how they band together as an unlikely group of inherently “good” people despite their villainous backgrounds and parents, to be a particularly interesting yet peculiar one. The first ‘Descendants’ movie came out back in 2015, and proved to be a huge success for Disney Channel, with viewership rising even further during re-airing and delayed viewings, and accomplishing feats that only Disney’s ‘High School Musical’ TV movies could, including both the film series featuring record breaking original musical compositions. Following their regular gap of two years, Disney’s Descendants are set to return to the small screens for a third (and apparently final) outing. Here is everything we know of the magical threequel!
Descendants 3 Plot: What is it about?
In what is now a tradition for the Descendants movies, we knew that a third part was coming just as Uma announced at the end of the second movie in a post credits scene: “You didn’t think this was the end of the story, did you?” We certainly did not, and while the third one does seem like the end of the line for ‘The Descendants’ as cited by multiple sources, the threequel sure looks to make sure things wrap up in style.
This is what the official synopsis of the film has to state about the third part: “When a barrier breach jeopardises the safety of Auradon during their departure off the Isle, Mal resolves to permanently close the barrier, fearing that nemeses Uma and Hades will wreak vengeance on the kingdom. Despite her decision, an unfathomable dark force threatens the people of Auradon, and it’s up to Mal and the VKs (Villain Kids) to save everyone in their most epic battle yet.”
Following a fierce battle between Uma and Mal, daughters of Ursula and Maleficent respectively, at the end of the second one as a giant octopus and dragon, Mal reunites with Prince Ben while Uma escapes and Dizzy joins the Auradon Prep to be with the other VKs. Now the trailer for the third part along with its synopsis reveals that there is going to be a breach in the barrier over the isle of the lost, leading to presumably their most formidable threat yet, Hades, escaping and unleashing his vengeance upon Auradon. I mean, the guy is practically a god, so the Descendants better know what is coming their way. Furthermore, we see Uma return as another foe to the VKs at Auradon Prep after swimming away at the end of the second movie. The “unfathomable dark force” surely looks to be the sleeping spell from the trailer of the film, and seems currently to be a doing of either Hades or Uma, or one of the other escapees from the Isle of the Lost.
The trailer cites in subtext that “spells are made to be broken”, clearly implying the fairy godmother’s spell over the isle of the lost keeping villains in containment, which is broken in this film. Another interesting tease related to the plot of the third film in the series is that Mal may finally be reunited with her yet unrevealed father, which also points to the possible appearance of the evil fairy Maleficent. All in all, the stakes seem pretty personal for Mal, who also seems to be losing her powers when in contact with Hades’ ember or in battle with him, compared to the other VKs, returning and new ones including Carlos, Evie, Jay, and Ben primarily.
The world of the Descendants and Auradon won’t be complete without its fair share of magical artefacts, and one among those seems to be the primary plot driver here — Hades’ Ember, cited in the trailer to be even stronger than The Dragon’s Eye sceptre wielded by Maleficent. The Ember seems to be the key to opening or closing the barrier over the isle of the lost, which is what would explain Hades being able to access the breach from within and Mal seeking the Ember to seal the barrier permanently, citing that it would otherwise mean “game over” for the residents of Auradon. Well, we are still unclear on whether this would be able to close off the trilogy on a satisfactory note, even though I must state that it is increasingly shaping up to look like a finale of sorts. It sure looks like a good amount of fun, and that is what Disney home movies ought to do in the first place.
Descendants 3 Cast: Who is in it?
The story of the Descendants won’t be complete without its extensive cast of VKs and their parent villains that populate this magical world, and the cast for ‘The Descendants 3’ merges a plethora of returning characters along with new ones, all the more reason for the series’ popularity among kids and teens alike, including Dove Cameron as Mal, daughter of Maleficent, Cameron Boyce as Carlos, son of Cruella De Vil, Sofia Carson as Evie, daughter of The Evil Queen, Booboo Stewart as Jay, son of Jafar, Mitchell Hope as Ben, son of Belle and Beast, China Anne McClain as Uma, daughter of Ursula, Brenna D’Amico as Jane, daughter of the Fairy Godmother, Jedidiah Goodacre as Chad Charming, son of Cinderella and Prince Charming.
Cheyenne Jackson stars as Hades, the ruler of the underworld and the primary antagonist in this film, given an “80s ex rocker God guy” makeover for the film. The film will also star a host of returning Disney veteran villains, princesses and princes including Melanie Paxson as the Fairy Godmother, the headmistress of Auradon Prep and Jane’s mother, Dan Payne as the Beast, Queen Belle’s husband and Ben’s father, Keegan Connor Tracy as Belle, Beast’s wife and Ben’s mother, Judith Maxie as Queen Leah, Princess Audrey’s grandmother, and Jamal Sims as Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog, Celia’s father.
Descendants 3 Crew: Who is behind it?
Kenny Ortega, the director of the previous two Descendants films, will also return for this one, while Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott will be writing the script and screenplay of the film. Interestingly enough, Jamal Sims, who also has a part in the film as Dr. Facilier, will also serve on the gorgeous and extensive musical numbers as the choreographer along with director Kenny Ortega himself, as with the previous two films.
Descendants 3 Release Date: When will it premiere?
Disney has announced the final release date for ‘The Descendants 3’ to be August 9, 2019, and the film will premiere on Disney channel, to be followed by subsequent release over Disney’s partner streaming services and channels. It is yet unknown whether ‘The Descendants 3’ will also be available on Disney+ come December, but we will have to wait to see how that pans out.
Descendants 3: Trailer:
Check out the magical trailer of Disney’s ‘The Descendants 3’ below. It is time to return to the magical world of Disney and maybe tinker the kid in you.
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