There have been three films and one short series in the Disney Channel franchise of “Descendants” since its launch in 2015. All of these projects have told the story of the offspring of some of the heroes and villains of Disney fame.
Booboo Stewart played Jay – Jafar’s son – in all three films. After the third installment, the California native was sure the trilogy had fully told the stories. Next, he was featured with “Descendants: The Royal Wedding” which is set to debut on the Disney Channel at 9:40 pm on August 13th.
He was intrigued by how the franchise’s latest offering was to be presented as an animated project – thus returning to the animated characters at the heart of the “Descendants” projects live.
“I was surprised but I feel like it makes sense,” says Stewart. “I feel like we can have everyone in the movie, especially in this time of COVID.
“It’s going to be presented in a new way.
“Descendants: The Royal Wedding” takes place during the wedding of Maleficent’s daughter, Mal (Dove Cameron) and Beauty and the Beast’s offspring, King Ben (Mitchell Hope) to Auradon. This is their chance for a happy forever. But no one expected Hades (Cheyenne Jackson) to show up and make a hell of a mess.
Jackson’s portrayal of Hades didn’t start until the third film “Descendants”, but he’s been on the show long enough to hear what fans are saying about the films.
“I am recognized all the time by young children and I have never had this before. I’ve never been into something that kids might even see, ”Jackson says. “What people love about ‘Descendants’ are these larger-than-life – but one can relate to – characters who all overcome challenges in their own lives.
” It’s positive. It’s bright. And, it is edifying.
The characters can be animated rather than real, but when it comes to Stewart, one important thing remains the same. Like the three previous films, he sees “The Royal Wedding” as a project that will inspire and motivate people.
The cast of “Descendants: The Royal Wedding” also includes Sofia Carson as Evie, Sarah Jeffery as Audrey, Melanie Paxson as Fairy Godmother, China Anne McClain as Uma, Jedidiah Goodacre as Chad, Anna Cathcart as Dizzy, Dan Payne as Beast and Bobby Moynihan as the dude the dog.
A magic recipe
The new “Disney’s Magic Bake-Off” competition series is also scheduled to air on August 13. She will debut after “Descendants: The Royal Wedding”, with new episodes airing on Friday nights.
The new competitive hour-long series, aimed at ages 6 to 14, combines the wonders of baking with the ingenuity of young pastry chefs who create cakes inspired by the magic of Disney.
Co-hosts Dara Reneé (“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”) and Issac Ryan Brown (“Raven’s Home”), as well as pastry chef Graciela Gomez, guide child bakers through unexpected challenges and twists , all designed to elevate candidates’ cooking skills, techniques and creativity to new culinary heights.
The animators not only keep the movie from the contest, they both serve as awesome cheerleaders for the bakers. Brown explains that their optimistic nature is nothing more than the high natural energy that they both have and their chemistry.
“We play so well against each other,” says Brown. “I will say that Dara comes every day – no matter when we have a call – with great energy.”
Both hosts worked on the “black-ish” television series and were involved in the voiceover work. But, they didn’t meet until after they were reunited for the show.
Renée calls her co-host a “comic book genius” who can quickly get on her feet. It makes the whole process feel like they’re just having fun and not worrying about every moment being perfect. The main purpose of the show is to make sure that everyone is relaxed, that they are having a good time, and that the contestants are just themselves.
Brown considers their main duty as presenters to be to keep the show going.
“We have to make sure the show goes from point A to point B. It makes the kids feel comfortable, tells a joke or inserts a magical break,” says Brown.
There’s a lot to be said for them, as imagination reigns and teamwork triumphs as three teams of two race against the clock to design a Disney-inspired cake. Their challenges include being inspired by company projects such as “Star Wars”, “The Lion King”, “Toy Story”, “Descendants” and “Zombies”.
A team’s performance will earn them the title of Disney Baking Champion. Their winning recipe will become a featured video available on Disney Channel.