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Disney’s ‘Descendants’ Imagines the Offspring of Disney Villains

An upcoming live-action Disney Channel movie will introduce new versions of classic Disney villains—and their teenage spawn.

From Kenny Ortega, the High School Musical director and choreographer, comes Descendants, which will follow Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay—the Generation Z progeny of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Cruella de Vil, and Jafar.

What wacky hijinks will ensue when these villainous offspring come face to face with their more virtuous counterparts, the descendants of Belle and the Beast, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Aladdin and Jasmine, Fa Mulan and Li Shang, and Aurora and Prince Phillip? And Dopey? And who exactly did Dopey do the ol’ Bluddle-Uddle-Um-Dum with?

Find out—or not—when Descendants premieres on Disney Channel this summer.

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  • Alex Dudley
    • I really hate Ever After High due to the fact that it only exists to sell toys and the fact that all the girls have the same body type REALLY bugs me, just from a character design perspective. But honestly, Ever After High is more compelling then whatever Disney is selling here.

    • Erica

      True! I love Ever After High and when i saw this trailer I started screaming. Luckily the doll series is doing well. Can’t we go back to another Halloweentown?

  • Arab

    Jay sounds like a solid Arabic name for a villain!!

  • Zman

    Budget = pocket change
    Writing = awful
    Acting = even worse (especially carlos)
    Overall idea itself = should never have been made

    That sums it up nicely I think

    • Bernard Michaelmas

      Are you kidding? The only surprise here is that Disney didn’t think of it sooner.

      • Pixie Solanas

        They didn’t. That Marvel comic “Runaways” from a decade ago was all about the kids of supervillains.

        • Ravlic

          Spinoffs based on the characters’ children are hardly a new concept. It’s usually just a poor excuse to focus on new characters while drawing in the audiences who loved the original.

    • Barrett

      My biggest problem with this is that it’s live-action instead of animated.

      There were lots of rumors floating around 10-12 years ago that Disney was going to do a 2D feature or 2D tv series focusing on the villains from various movies teaming up. THAT might be worth doing, but this schlocky live-action adaptation stuff makes me look more and more poorly on the “Disney” name.

      • Bobby Bickert

        Didn’t Disney do that in “House of Villains”?

  • Kris Åsard

    I want to see Herbie the Love Bug’s kids in there.

  • Minions Are Invading

    Dorothy Gale’s descendants in “Tin Men” looked more accurate or close to what I’d expect the descendants to be like. Like “Once Upon a Time” is a bad soap opera, this looks like any other Disney tween flick, but with bad cosplay and wouldn’t be surprised if they release dolls to compete against “Fairy Tale High”.

  • Tre

    Getting in first with the “Who the heck would reproduce with the villains to create these spawn?” question.

    • Ravlic

      I’m reminded of a fan comic starring Kuvira where (spoiler) after blowing up her fiancée she just grabbed another henchman and proclaimed him her new fiancée.

      I imagine it’ll probably be like Goofy or Pink Panther and sons; the other parent mysteriously missing in action.

    • To be fair, a few of the villains are legitimately hot. Examples include the Evil Queen (before becoming an old hag) and Gaston.

  • J.S

    Squeeze every penny.

  • Matthew

    This looks like something that could be good if it were done with the same production values as ONCE UPON A TIME. But then they had to Disney Channel it up!

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  • mrstupes

    So its like Gotham, but with Disney

  • To quote the alien from the Rocko’s Modern Life episode ‘Teed Off’: “Who writes this stuff?! (the creation of the show, not this article).

  • I’m just going to throw this out there…

    Cruella de Vil really isn’t evil enough to deserve to be one of the most evil villains. I recognize the fact that making a coat out of puppies is animal cruelty. But that’s pretty minor compared to, I don’t know, assassination to take over a nation, or world domination. (Rhymes are intentional.) Or in Maleficent’s case, being the self-proclaimed mistress of all Evil.

    On the upside, yay, this should laugh the Bechdel test in the face!

    • Star Buttercup

      Cruella was featured on “Once Upon a Time” and was quickly whacked off by Emma with little difficulty, which is like “Bambi vs. Godzilla” in comparison.

  • Roman S.

    My favorite part of this whole thing, which sadly has been neglected here… one of the guys in this is Dopey’s son. No I’m not joking.

  • Barrett

    I was interested when I read the headline, then terribly disappointed when I clicked through and saw it was live-action.

    Let me know when someone actually draws something and I’ll check back.

  • Ice cream squared

    I agree this looks terrible half the Disney channel original movies are boring or terrible the only exception to this rule that I know of are “Phineas and Ferb Across the second dimension” “The Suite Life movie ” and “Wizards of Waverly Place the Movie”